New PDF release: Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious

By Douglas L. Winiarski

This sweeping heritage of renowned faith in eighteenth-century New England examines the stories of normal humans dwelling via striking occasions. Drawing on an exceptional volume of letters, diaries, and stories, Douglas Winiarski recovers the pervasive and energetic lay piety of the early eighteenth century. George Whitefield's preaching travel of 1740 known as into query the basic assumptions of this thriving spiritual tradition. Incited through Whitefield and interested by stunning presents of the Holy Spirit--visions, physically matches, and unexpected conversions--countless New Englanders broke ranks with relatives, friends, and ministers who pushed aside their spiritual studies as delusive enthusiasm. those new converts, the progenitors of modern-day evangelical move, bitterly assaulted the Congregational establishment.

The 1740s and 1750s have been the darkish evening of the hot England soul, as women and men groped towards a restructured spiritual order. clash reworked inclusive parishes into particular networks of combative religious seekers. Then as now, evangelicalism emboldened usual humans to question conventional specialists. Their problem shattered complete communities.

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