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Serving the present age : revivalism, progressivism, and the Methodist tradition in Canada

Author: Phyllis D Airhart
Publisher: Montreal ; Buffalo : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©1992.
Series: McGill-Queen's studies in the history of religion, 8.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The personal conversion experience was essential to Methodist revivalism and constituted the basis of salvation and church membership. Phyllis Airhart maintains that revivalism was a distinctive form of piety and socialization that was critical in helping Methodists define who they were, colouring their understanding of how religion was to be experienced, practised, articulated, and cultivated. This revivalist  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Church history
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Phyllis D Airhart
ISBN: 0773508821 9780773508828
OCLC Number: 28377297
Description: x, 218 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Revivalism as "Tradition": The Making of a Methodist --
2. Old Paths and New Gospels --
3. New Horizons and a New Evangelism --
4. "A Charge to Keep... to Serve the Present Age": Towards a New Model of Piety --
5. The Fragmentation of Evangelicalism and the Transformation of Tradition.
Series Title: McGill-Queen's studies in the history of religion, 8.
Responsibility: Phyllis D. Airhart.

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"The personal conversion experience was essential to Methodist revivalism and constituted the basis of salvation and church membership. Phyllis Airhart maintains that revivalism was a distinctive form of piety and socialization that was critical in helping Methodists define who they were, colouring their understanding of how religion was to be experienced, practised, articulated, and cultivated. This revivalist piety, even more than doctrine or policy, was the identifying mark of Methodism in the nineteenth century. But during the late Victorian era, the Methodist presentation of the religious life underwent a transformation. By 1925, when the Methodist Church was incorporated into the United Church of Canada, its most prominent leaders were espousing an approach to piety that was essentially, and sometimes explicitly, non-revivalist." "The Methodist approach to personal religion changed during this transition and, significantly, Methodists increasingly became identified with social Christianity--although experience remained a key aspect of their theology. There was also a growing tendency to associate revivalism with fundamentalism, a new religious development that used the Methodist language of conversion but was unappealing to Canadian Methodists. Airhart portrays the tensions between tradition and innovation through stories of the men and women who struggled to revitalize religion in an age when conventional social assumptions and institutions were being challenged by the ideals of the progressive movement. Serving the Present Age is an account of Canadian Methodist participation in a realignment of North American Protestantism that supporters believed would better enable them, in the words of a well-known Wesley hymn, "to serve the present age.""--BOOK JACKET.

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