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Taking Heaven by Storm : Methodism and the Popularization of American Christianity - John H. Wigger

Taking Heaven by Storm

Methodism and the Popularization of American Christianity

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Published: 1st January 1998
For Ages: 12 - 17 years old
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Following the Revolutionary War, American Methodism grew at an astonishing rate, rising from fewer than 1000 members in 1770 to over 250,000 by 1820. In Taking Heaven by Storm, John H. Wigger seeks to explain this remarkable expansion, offering a provocative reassessment of the role of popular religion in American life.
Early Methodism was neither bland nor predictable; rather, it was a volatile and innovative movement, both driven and constrained by the hopes and fears of the ordinary Americans who constituted its core. Methodism's style, tone, and agenda worked their way deep into the fabric of American life, Wigger argues, influencing all other mass religious movements that would follow, as well as many facets of American life not directly connected to the church.
Wigger examines American Methodism from a variety of angles, focusing in turn on the circuit riders who relentlessly pushed the Methodist movement forward, the critical role of women and African Americans within the movement, the enthusiastic nature of Methodist worship, and the unique community structure of early American Methodism. Under Methodism's influence, American evangelism became far more enthusiastic, egalitarian, entrepreneurial, and lay oriented--characteristics that continue to shape and define popular religion today.

"This is a book that will be useful in courses on American religion and of great interest to anyone engaged in the study of Methodism in America, lay and clergy alike. It is a book that will appeal to any informed reading public, well uritten and attractively presented with a number of plates of early Methodists. We are grateful to Professor Wigger for this impressive work."--Church History "This is a solid, trustworthy, well-written analysis of the early Methodist movement....It is a substantial contribution to the literature on the religion of the antebellum era."--The Journal of American History "A book that enriches our understanding of how Methodism was situated on the cultural landscape of the early republic."--Journal of the Early Republic "...you will be spellbound by the accounts of early Methodism published in this book."--Good News "Those seeking to better understand not only Methodist history or American church history but American social history as a whole will gain invaluable insights from Wigger's work. While extensively documented--a real strength--the book will be easily understood by the general reader as well as the scholar."--Michigan Historical Review "This is a book that will be useful in courses on American religion and of great interest to anyone engaged in the study of Methodism in America, lay and clergy alike. It is a book that will appeal to any informed reading public, well uritten and attractively presented with a number of plates of early Methodists. We are grateful to Professor Wigger for this impressive work."--Church History "This is a solid, trustworthy, well-written analysis of the early Methodist movement....It is a substantial contribution to the literature on the religion of the antebellum era."--The Journal of American History "A book that enriches our understanding of how Methodism was situated on the cultural landscape of the early republic."--Journal of the Early Republic "...you will be spellbound by the accounts of early Methodism published in this book."--Good News "Those seeking to better understand not only Methodist history or American church history but American social history as a whole will gain invaluable insights from Wigger's work. While extensively documented--a real strength--the book will be easily understood by the general reader as well as the scholar."--Michigan Historical Review "It is well written, broad in scope, short in length, solidly researched, historiographically situated, and student-friendly."--Religious Studies Review

List of Illustrationsp. xiii
The Emergence of American Methodismp. 3
The Methodist Connectionp. 21
The Methodist Itinerantp. 48
The Social Principlep. 80
A Boiling Hot Religionp. 104
Slavery and African-American Methodismp. 125
Sisters and Mothers in Israelp. 151
Methodism Transformedp. 173
Appendixp. 197
Notesp. 201
Indexp. 261
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ISBN: 9780195104523
ISBN-10: 0195104528
Series: Religion in America Life (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 12 - 17 years old
For Grades: 7 - 12
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st January 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.77 x 15.85  x 2.44
Weight (kg): 0.63