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Keepers of the covenant : frontier missions and the decline of Congregationalism, 1774-1818

Author: James R Rohrer
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
Series: Religion in America series (Oxford University Press)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1774 the Congregationalists were the largest religious group in America; by 1830 they ranked only fourth. Scholars have advanced various explanations for this decline. Most commonly, they have blamed an elite, reactionary clergy unable to adapt themselves to the democratizing culture of the western migration. This book challenges the reductiveness of that traditional interpretation. With hundreds of letters,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Church history
History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James R Rohrer
ISBN: 0195091663 9780195091663
OCLC Number: 30892132
Description: x, 201 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Historians and Congregational Evangelism --
2. Missionary Impulse --
3. Committee on Missions, 1792-1797 --
4. Connecticut Missionary Society --
5. CMS Missionaries and Revivalism --
6. CMS and the Republican Frontier --
7. CMS and Republican Religion --
8. Congregational Declension Reconsidered.
Series Title: Religion in America series (Oxford University Press)
Responsibility: James R. Rohrer.
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Challenging the traditional interpretation of the decline of the Congregationalists in the USA, this study overturns many generalizations about these aggressive frontier evangelists and refutes  Read more...

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