By Jonathan D. Sassi
This booklet examines the talk over the relationship among faith and public existence in society in the course of the fifty years following the yank Revolution. Sassi demanding situations the normal knowledge, discovering a vital continuity to the period's public Christianity, while such a lot earlier experiences have noticeable this era as one during which the nation's cultural paradigm shifted from republicanism to liberal individualism. targeting the Congregational clergy of recent England, he demonstrates that all through this era there have been american citizens inquisitive about their company future, conserving a dedication to developing a righteous group and assessing the cosmic which means of the yank scan.
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No event loomed larger in the scheme of Providence for this generation than the American Revolution. A review of that event left the established ministry and dissenters alike with no doubts that it showed the hand of God at work. “It was the will of heaven, and agreeable to his general plan, that the principal part of America should become separate and independent of Britain,” summarized Zabdiel Adams, minister at Lunenburg, Massachusetts, and cousin of the second president. Concluded Rozel Cook, “It is abundantly evident, that the Lord hath been on our side, hath fought our battles, and delivered us from the hands of our enemies.
Although the Methodists quickly set up circuits on the New England frontier, in more settled areas, with the notable excep- The Standing Order’s Corporate Vision 27 tion of Lynn, Massachusetts, they encountered much more resistance and even overt hostility. Like the Anglican church, from which Methodism was an offshoot, the episcopal structure of Methodist governance had to withstand charges of ecclesiastical tyranny. Also like the Anglicans, the Revolution dealt a setback to the Methodists in the Middle Colonies.
For example, the Hartford North Association played a key role in igniting the revivals of the Second Great Awakening in northwestern Connecticut. At the other end of the region, six months after the Rev. 37 Thus, local associations were widespread across the region, and the records of the Brookﬁeld Association of the western part of Worcester County are typical. 38 Without denying that these negative outcomes did sometimes occur, there was also a positive side to ministers’ networking that needs to be appreciated.
A Republic of Righteousness: The Public Christianity of the Post-Revolutionary New England Clergy by Jonathan D. Sassi