The Sacred Flame of Love

Methodism and Society in Nineteenth-Century Georgia

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Pages: 312

Trim size: 6.120in x 9.250in



Pub Date: 04/01/1998

ISBN: 9-780-8203-1963-6

List Price: $51.95

The Sacred Flame of Love

Methodism and Society in Nineteenth-Century Georgia

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Attempting to restore subtlety and nuance to the study of southern religion, The Sacred Flame of Love ranges across the entire nineteenth century to chronicle the evolution of the institutions, theology, and social attitudes of Georgia Methodists in light of such phenomena, trends, and events as slavery, class prejudice, republicanism, population growth, economic development, sectional politics, war, emancipation, and urban growth.

In connecting Methodist history with the larger social transformation of nineteenth-century Georgia, Christopher H. Owen uncovers a story of considerable complexity and variety. Because Georgia Methodists included people from every social class, few generalizations apply properly to all of them. For many years they were loosely united by common adherence to the ideals of Wesleyan evangelicalism, but economic and political developments would gradually accentuate Methodist social divisions and weaken even this bond. Indeed, deviating far from the conception of unchanging and asocial southern religion often held by scholars, Owen sees both church and society undergoing enormous change in the nineteenth century.

Carefully crafted and researched . . . A welcome complement to the growing library of scholarly works on religion in the South.

Journal of American History

About the Author/Editor

CHRISTOPHER H. OWEN is a professor of history at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma.