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Rally the Scattered Believers: Northern New England's Religious Geography

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Northern New England, a rugged landscape dotted with transient settlements, posed challenges to the traditional town church in the wake of the American Revolution. Using the methods of spatial geography, Shelby M. Balik examines how migrants adapted their understanding of religious community and spiritual space to survive in the harsh physical surroundings of the region. ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Indiana University Press
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Mar 02, 2015 Liz rated it liked it
Shelves: history, for-work
Shelby M. Balik sets out to look of how migrants to northern New England towns and unsettled areas laid the groundwork to create a new religious world in the early Republic United States. To this end, Balik considers how ministers and laypeople remapped northern New England's religious geography by looking at the ways in which denominations such as the Congregationalists, Methodists, and Baptists organized their communities spatially in terms of both physical and spiritual space.

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Jan 22, 2016 John rated it liked it
Did a grad school read of this...pretty specific academic stuff. Balik is basically arguing against other historians who have pointed to the early 19th century as a time when Baptists and Methodists "win" in northern New England, and Congregationalists lose their former glory. Balik says this isn't really true - the Congregationalists saw that they needed to change their approach to match their surging competition, so they adopted itinerancy, which actually reinvigorated them and helped them ...more
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