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Islands of Holiness
Author: Curtis D. Johnson

ISBN: 9780801478437
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 17 August 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 1.91 x 13.97 x 21.59
Through an examination of religious life in a typical northern rural locale-Cortland County, New York-from 1790 to 1860, Curtis D. Johnson adds to our understanding of the Second Great Awakening, an intellectual and religious watershed in American history. Offering both quantitative and qualitative analyses of churches' memberships, ideologies, and activities, he maintains that scholars have misunderstood the historical significance of evangelicalism. Johnson contends that these churches did not constitute society, nor were they microcosms of it; rather, they evolved from embattled congregations of the saved-"islands of holiness"-to ideologically conservative, organizationally unified, integrated parts of society. He uncovers the many diversities of Protestantism in the form of splits between evangelicals and non-evangelicals, formalists and anti-formalists, Arminians and Calvinists, Old School traditionalists and Oberlin perfectionists, church members and religious society members. At the heart of the revivalistic impulse, he argues, was ideological conflict-primarily between Calvinists and Arminians-with gender politics and internal church dynamics also c...

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