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Taking Heaven by Storm: Methodism and the Rise of Popular Christianity in America
Following the Revolutionary War, American Methodism grew at an astonishing rate, rising from fewer than 1,000 members in 1770 to over 250,000 by 1820. In Taking Heaven by Storm, John H. Wigger seeks to explain this remarkable expansion, offering a provocative reassessment of the role of popular religion in American life. Wigger examines American Methodism from a variety of ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 25th 2001 by University of Illinois Press
(first published January 1st 1998)
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An entrancing overview of early American Methodism. Many quotes and descriptions for primary sources, including circuit riders and "common folk," in addition to bishops and other leaders. Illuminating look at the most effective time in Methodist history. Lessons for today!
This book, along with Wigger's more recent biography of Francis Asbury, is American Methodist history at its finest. Tracing Methodism's emergence and development until the mid-nineteenth century it provides a thoroughly researched and eminently readable account. It's all here - the circuit riders, the itinerancy, camp meetings and their 'boiling hot religion,' slavery, and an excellent chapter on women in Methodism. The Methodist 'croakers' who decried the decline of the movement from about the ...more