Holy Jumpers

Holy Jumpers : Evangelicals and Radicals in Progressive Era America

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Between 1890 and 1917 thousands of lower middle class Americans rejected private property and joined communal religious societies from Maine to Washington. They were part of the radical holiness movement, the forerunners of today's Pentecostals. Yet groups like these have been ignored in histories of Pentecostalism, which trace its origins to the Azusa Street revival of 1905, thus overlooking the groups from which that revival sprung. In this book, William Kostlevy uncovers this forgotten chapter of American religious history by telling the story of one of the most important of these radical communal societies, the Metropolitan Church Association. Known as "Burning Bushers," after their acerbic publication, they challenged the values of late-Victorian America. They objected to capitalism, confronted "elite" denominations, and offered an alternative, radical vision of Christianity. The roots of Pentecostalism, Kostlevy shows, are far more radical than the movement's present conservatism suggests.show more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195377842
  • 9780195377842
  • 2,005,383

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William Kostlevy, master encyclopedist and bibliographer of holiness currents, narrates the formation of the radical Holiness Movement in which Pentecostalism was conceived before its birth in the 20th century. Careful readers of his book will be fascinated by the story of the 'holy jumpers,' will have many of their cherished assumptions about evangelicalism and its social expression challenged, and will learn much about these movements in Asia and around the world. I enthusiastically welcome this study. * Donald W. Dayton, author of Theological Roots of Pentecostalism *show more

About William Kostlevy

William Kostlevy is Associate Professor of History and Political Science, Tabor Collegeshow more

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