New PDF release: Holy Jumpers: Evangelicals and Radicals in Progressive Era

By William Kostlevy

ISBN-10: 0195377842

ISBN-13: 9780195377842

During this groundbreaking ebook, William Kostlevy offers a desirable examine of the Metropolitan Church organization (MCA), a spiritual neighborhood based in Chicago within the early Nineties. The MCA was once probably the most debatable societies of the period. Its individuals have been referred to as "jumpers" as a result of their acrobatic worship type, and "Burning Bushers" after their caustic periodical, the Burning Bush. They objected to the idea that of personal estate, rejected "elite" denominations, and professed another, radical imaginative and prescient of Christianity, utilizing sleek tune and folks paintings to unfold their message.A manufactured from the holiness revival of the past due 19th century and a catalyst for Pentecostalism, the MCA performed an essential function within the 20th century progress of evangelical Christianity, but it has lengthy been overlooked in experiences of yank radicalism, of communal societies, or even of holiness and Pentecostal Christianity. Kostlevy rectifies this omission, offering a beneficial new context for figuring out the origins of Pentecostalism. He investigates the inner struggles of the Holiness circulation, displaying how considerably divergent theological currents got here to dominate a tremendous section of the yankee evangelical group. He additionally exhibits how deeply the MCA impacted the lives of 20th century evangelists Bud Robinson and Seth C. Rees, self-designated first girl bishop Alma White, and Pentecostal evangelists A. G. Garr and Glenn cook dinner. As Holy Jumpers demonstrates, Holiness Christians, and the MCA specifically, performed a profoundly formative function within the improvement of recent evangelical and Pentecostal Christianity.

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Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church in Providence, Rhode Island, emerged as the center for the independent Holiness Movement in New England after a conflict that caused the congregation to split from the Methodist Episcopal Church. The first step toward an independent holiness denomination occurred in September 1888 when Fred Hillery, former Sunday school Superintendent at St. Paul’s, founded a periodical, Beulah Items. The second step occurred at the first New England Union Holiness Convention, which convened in Boston in March 1889.

14 While the intense opposition to the Holiness Movement in Georgia and Texas did not immediately lead to the formation of new independent holiness congregations, in New England several independent churches were organized beginning in 1882. In New England the crucial ingredient was a conflict between “a socially ambitious group” of laity, frequently with the support of a pastor, and a radical faction that championed the rigid cultural mores and experiential emphasis of the Holiness Movement. The former were intent on adding dignity THE ORIGINS OF THE RADICAL HOLINESS MOVEMENT 23 and beauty to worship services by such elements as professional choristers, larger and more elaborate churches, and an active church social life, which included fund-raising dinners and secular forms of entertainment.

Equally troubling was a second doctrinal innovation that, by the mid-1890s, had made far more serious inroads among the membership of the NHA than theological liberalism—the belief in the imminent and actual physical return of Jesus to earth. Popularly known as “premillennialism,” this millennial innovation received some of its most extended criticism from Daniel Steele and George W. 25 This controversy is less surprising than it appears, for both liberalism and premillennialism represent radical doctrinal departures from traditional Christian teaching.

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