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Standing Against the Whirlwind : Evangelical Episcopalians in Nineteenth-Century America. The Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize Essay for the American Society of Church History for 1993

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Standing Against the Whirlwind is the only contemporary account of a little-studied aspect of nineteenth-century evangelicalism - the Evangelical party in the Episcopal Church in America. A revisionist account of the church's first century, it reveals the surprising extent to which evangelical Episcopalians helped to shape the piety, identity, theology, and mission of the church. Using the life and career of one of the party's greatest leaders, Charles Pettit McIlvaine, the second bishop of Ohio, Diana Hochstedt Butler blends institutional history with biography to explore the vicissitudes and tribulations of evangelicals in a church that often seemed inhospitable to their version of the Gospel. The result is a fascinating picture of the struggle and ultimate failure of the movement - a loss, Butler shows, not to the ritualist opponents against whom they struggled for the better part of the century, but to the liberal forces of the secularized twentieth century.show more

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  • Hardback | 286 pages
  • 164.6 x 242.6 x 27.7mm | 622.06g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195085426
  • 9780195085426

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Standing Against the Whirlwind is the only contemporary account of a little-studied aspect of nineteenth-century evangelicalism - the Evangelical party in the Episcopal Church in America. A revisionist account of the church's first century, it reveals the surprising extent to which evangelical Episcopalians helped to shape the piety, identity, theology, and mission of the church. Using the life and career of one of the party's greatest leaders, Charles Pettit McIlvaine, the second bishop of Ohio, Diana Hochstedt Butler blends institutional history with biography to explore the vicissitudes and tribulations of evangelicals in a church that often seemed inhospitable to their version of the Gospel. The result is a fascinating picture of the struggle and ultimate failure of the movement - a loss, Butler shows, not to the ritualist opponents against whom they struggled for the better part of the century, but to the liberal forces of the secularized twentieth century.show more

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This is a thoroughly enjoyable and informative account of an important and much neglected movement within the history of American evangelicalism and the Anglican Communion * Theology * Using a wealth of church records, religious newspapers, and various diocesan archives, Butler shows that Episcopalianism certainly was not immune from the influences of republican political theory and the religious radicalism born of frontier individualism...Butler gives a tantalizing hint of further work in this area. * History * This is a thoroughly enjoyable and informative account of an important and much neglected movement within the history of American evangelicism and the Anglican Communion. * Theology *show more

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