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By David Hein

The tale of the Episcopalians in the USA is the tale of an influential denomination that has supplied a disproportionately huge proportion of the yank political and cultural management. starting with the denomination's roots in 16th-century England, this booklet bargains a clean account of the Episcopal Church's upward push to prominence in the United States. Chronologically prepared, it follows the institution of colonial Anglicanism within the New global, the nationwide association of the denomination following the Revolution, its upward push in the course of the nineteenth century, and the advanced array of forces that affected the church within the twentieth century—and proceed to impact it this day. The authors pay specific awareness to the verified management of the Episcopal Church, in addition to to the adventure of the normal layperson, the shape and serve as of sacred area, advancements in church events and theology, relatives with different Christian groups, and the evolving roles and standing of girls and minorities.Shining a gentle at the lives of normal churchgoers and traditionally marginalized teams, the authors show the strengths and weaknesses of the Episcopal Church. whereas the church advanced into the denomination of the city institution, a politically, theologically, and socially average non secular physique that appealed to these looking the society in their principally center- and upper-middle-class friends, it additionally appealed to these whom the dominant society excluded from strength: African and Hispanic american citizens, girls, and American Indians. the quantity concludes with a chronology of vital occasions and biographical sketches of significant figures within the Episcopal Church.

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36 Cradock’s sermons were composed in a plain, unadorned style. They were full of quotations from Scripture—reason thus supplemented by biblical revelation— and written by a man well versed in history, literature, and philosophy. He spoke with eloquence about the joys of Christian faith and practice, the avoidance of vice, the “errors of popery,” the faults of Deism and religious skepticism, and the order and beauty of the world. His sermons indicate that he was a man of deep and sincere conviction who felt strong empathy for the condition of his parishioners.

He also rejected Quaker teaching on the distinctive “inner light” and preferred to stress the light of reason 26 THE EPISCOPALIANS and conscience, implanted by God in all human beings. He harshly condemned religious enthusiasts, inspired by the revivals of the Great Awakening, for wishing to substitute emotion for reason. 36 Cradock’s sermons were composed in a plain, unadorned style. They were full of quotations from Scripture—reason thus supplemented by biblical revelation— and written by a man well versed in history, literature, and philosophy.

Mark A. Noll et al. : Eerdmans, 1983), 80; and BHEC, 100–101. 32. Paul Elmen, “Anglican Reserve: Historical Reflections,” Sewanee Theological Review 38 (1995): 158; and Bonomi, Under the Cope of Heaven, 101–2. 33. Henry F. May, The Enlightenment in America (New York: Oxford University Press, 1976), 66. 34. Woolverton, Colonial Anglicanism, 34, 201. 35. Quoted in Steffen, From Gentlemen to Townsmen, 122. 36. , 30 (1973): 93–117; Donald K. , “Origins of the Southern Mind: The Parochial Sermons of Thomas Cradock of Maryland, 1744–1770,” Quarterly Journal of Speech 73 (1987): 202; and Steffen, From Gentlemen to Townsmen, 121–23.

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