The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America  -     By: Thomas S. Kidd
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The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America

Yale University Press / 2009 / Paperback

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"The origins of evangelicalism are luminously demonstrated. With care and sympathy Kidd traces the many forces, including German pietism, that shaped the movement from the 17th century to the present. Many readers (including evangelicals) will be surprised at what has happened and where we may be going,"---First Things. 392 pages, softcover. Yale University.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 392
Vendor: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.13 (inches)
ISBN: 0300158467
ISBN-13: 9780300158465
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In the mid-eighteenth century, Americans experienced an outbreak of religious revivals that shook colonial society. This book provides a definitive view of these revivals, now known as the First Great Awakening, and their dramatic effects on American culture. Historian Thomas S. Kidd tells the absorbing story of early American evangelical Christianity through the lives of seminal figures like Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield as well as many previously unknown preachers, prophets, and penitents.

 

The Great Awakening helped create the evangelical movement, which heavily emphasized the individual’s experience of salvation and the Holy Spirit’s work in revivals. By giving many evangelicals radical notions of the spiritual equality of all people, the revivals helped breed the democratic style that would come to characterize the American republic. Kidd carefully separates the positions of moderate supporters of the revivals from those of radical supporters, and he delineates the objections of those who completely deplored the revivals and their wildly egalitarian consequences. The battles among these three camps, the author shows, transformed colonial America and ultimately defined the nature of the evangelical movement.

 

 

Author Bio

Thomas S. Kidd is associate professor of history, Baylor University, and author of The Protestant Interest: New England after Puritanism, published by Yale University Press. He lives in Woodway, TX.

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