American originals: homemade varieties of Christianity by Paul K. Conkin

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In a piece of extraordinary breadth and readability, Paul Conkin deals an even-handed and in-depth examine the foremost American-made types of Christianity—a various team of spiritual traditions, every one of which displays an important holiday from western Christian orthodoxy.Identifying six detailed kinds, Conkin examines the most important denominations consultant of every unique number of American Christianity: recovery (Churches of Christ, Disciples of Christ); humanistic (Unitarians, Universalists); apocalyptic (Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses); Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); religious (Christian technology, Unity); and ecstatic (Holiness and Pentecostal denominations). concentrating on the early years and maturation of those teams, he discusses their founders and leaders, origins and previous global roots, and crucial doctrines and practices. Conkin closes each one bankruptcy with a consultant to additional reading.The first complete survey of those American originals, this e-book will function a beneficial source on a couple of spiritual traditions whose individuals not just include an important percent of the yankee inhabitants but additionally make up an expanding percentage of Christian converts all over the world.

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But to so denominate them is to appeal to some conception of orthodoxy. In early American history, when several denominations in the broad Reformed tradition (Anglican-Episcopal, Presbyterian, Congregationalist, Calvinist Baptists, Methodists, and German and Dutch Reformed) dominated church membership in America, even the mother church of Western Christianity, Roman Catholicism, and to a lesser extent even the original product of the Reformation, Lutheranism, seemed heterodox to the American mainstream.

Thus, both ministers recanted and successfully applied for readmission to the Presbyterian Church in 1811. This left only Stone of the original five rebels. From 1812 on he remained the single most influential voice for the new Page 13 movement in the West. After the death of his first wife, he moved briefly to middle Tennessee and helped found there the first congregations in what would later become a center of the Restoration movement. After assuming his leadership role, more by default than by choice, Stone was more emphatic than ever in his antitrinitarian crusade.

P. cm. Includes index. ISBN 0-8078-2342-2 (cloth: alk. : alk. paper) I. Christian sects United States. I. Title. 0973 dc2096-35270 CIP 01 00 99 98 975 4 3 2 1 Page v Contents Preface vii 1 Restoration Christianity 1 Christians and Disciples 2 Humanistic Christianity 57 Unitarians and Universalists 3 Apocalyptic Christianity 110 Adventists and Jehovah's Witnesses 4 Mormon Christianity 162 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 5 Spiritual Christianity 226 Christian Science and Unity 6 Ecstatic Christianity 276 The Holiness and Pentecostal Movements Afterward 316 Index 323 Page vii Preface North America provided special opportunities for religious innovation.

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