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Perfectionist politics : abolitionism and the religious tensions of American democracy

Author: Douglas M Strong
Publisher: Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 1999.
Series: Religion and politics.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Perfectionist Politics is the story of an important but overlooked antebellum reform movement: ecclesiastical abolitionism. Douglas M. Strong examines radical evangelical Protestants who seceded from pro-slavery denominations and reorganized themselves into independent antislavery congregations. Mirroring political abolitionist activity - particularly in the "burned-over district" of New York State - the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Church history
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Strong, Douglas M., 1956-
Perfectionist politics.
Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 1999
(OCoLC)607272005
Online version:
Strong, Douglas M., 1956-
Perfectionist politics.
Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 1999
(OCoLC)607693555
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas M Strong
ISBN: 0815627939 9780815627937
OCLC Number: 39606723
Description: xiii, 263 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: ch. 1. Middle course: the mediating role of evangelical perfectionism --
ch. 2. Spiritual democracy: the development of antislavery church reform --
ch. 3. Liberty Party theology: perfectionist undergirding for political activity --
ch. 4. Abolition Church: expanding the ecclesiastical abolitionist network --
ch. 5. Political millennium: the imminent inauguration of God's government --
ch. 6. Burned-out district: the fragmenting of ecclesiastical abolitionism.
Series Title: Religion and politics.
Responsibility: Douglas M. Strong.

Abstract:

Perfectionist Politics is the story of an important but overlooked antebellum reform movement: ecclesiastical abolitionism. Douglas M. Strong examines radical evangelical Protestants who seceded from pro-slavery denominations and reorganized themselves into independent antislavery congregations. Mirroring political abolitionist activity - particularly in the "burned-over district" of New York State - the ecclesiastical abolitionists formed a network of abolition churches that became the primary focus of Liberty Party electioneering strategy. Ecclesiastical abolitionists justified this clear connection between church and state through their experience of evangelical perfectionism. A vote for the Liberty Party became a mark of one's holiness.
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