The Eucharistic Theology of the American Holy Fairs

The Eucharistic Theology of the American Holy Fairs

by Kimberly Bracken Long

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Overview

Sacramental occasions, or "Holy Fairs," practiced by Scots-Irish Presbyterians in mid-nineteenth-century America were intended to bring conversion to nonbelievers and spiritual renewal to baptized Christians. Kimberly Bracken Long examines the chief texts of American revivalism—sermons, devotional writings, and catechetical materials—to gain insights into the sacramental theology at work in these events, as well as into the nature of revivalism in the American Presbyterian context. She also explores several implications for twenty-first-century Reformed and Presbyterian worship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780664235123
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 03/21/2011
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kimberly Bracken Long is Associate Professor of Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary. She is the author of The Worshiping Body: The Art of Leading Worship and The Eucharistic Theology of the American Holy Fairs, both published by Westminster John Knox Press.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Note to Reader xiii

1 Introduction 1

Part 1 Medieval and Reformation Antecedents

2 Mystical Union and Spiritual Marriage: From the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century 21

3 Theodore Beza, and Mystical Union John Calvin 43

Part 2 The American Experience

4 Communion Sermons on the Kentucky Frontier James McGready 63

5 "A Conjugal Love": Gilbert Tennent's Eucharistic Preaching 83

6 The Scots-Irish Inheritance 105

Part 3 Analysis and Conclusions

7 The Song of Songs and American Sacramental Revivals 131

Appendixes

Notes on the Appendixes 147

A Facsimile Page from Gilbert Tennent's Sermon Manuscript 1 149

B Transcription of Gilbert Tennent's Sermon Manuscript 1 153

C Transcription of Gilbert Tennent's Sermon Manuscript 4 161

D Transcription of Gilbert Tennent's Sermon Manuscript 12 167

E Table of Contents, John Willison's Sacramental Directory 175

Selected Bibliography 179

Index 189

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