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Author Williams, Jeffrey, 1973-

Title Religion and violence in early American Methodism : taking the kingdom by force / Jeffrey Williams
Published Bloomington, Ind. : Indiana University Press, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 228 pages)
Series Religion in North America
Religion in North America.
Contents Foreword / by Catherine L. Albanese and Stephen J. Stein -- Introduction -- Fighting the good fight -- Contesting the good fight : warfare and the American Revolution -- The power to "kill and make alive" : the spiritual battle and the body in post-Revolutionary America -- Beating their plowshares into swords : Methodists and violence in antebellum America -- Methodist respectability and the decline of the good fight for salvation -- The Christian's warfare and social violence
Summary Early American Methodists commonly described their religious lives as great wars with sin and claimed they wrestled with God and Satan who assaulted them in terrible ways. Carefully examining a range of sources, including sermons, letters, autobiographies, journals, and hymns, Jeffrey Williams explores this violent aspect of American religious life and thought. Williams exposes Methodism's insistence that warfare was an inevitable part of Christian life and necessary for any person who sought God's redemp
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Language and languages -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Methodist Church -- History -- 18th century.
Methodist Church -- History -- 19th century.
Violence -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
United States -- Church history -- 18th century.
United States -- Church history -- 19th century.
Genre/Form Church history.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009034078
ISBN 0253004233 (electronic bk.)
9780253004239 (electronic bk.)