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Holy Jumpers: Evangelicals and Radicals in Progressive Era America

ISBN : 9780195377842

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¥17,413
Author: 
William Kostlevy
Pages
256 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
163 x 239 mm
Pub date
Jun 2010
Series
Religion in America
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Between 1890 and 1917 thousands of lower middle class Americans rejected private property and joined communal religious societies from Maine to Washington. They were part of the radical holiness movement, the forerunners of today's Pentecostals. Yet groups like these have been ignored in histories of Pentecostalism, which trace its origins to the Azusa Street revival of 1905, thus overlooking the groups from which that revival sprung. In this book, William Kostlevy uncovers this forgotten chapter of American religious history by telling the story of one of the most important of these radical communal societies, the Metropolitan Church Association. Known as "Burning Bushers," after their acerbic publication, they challenged the values of late-Victorian America. They objected to capitalism, confronted "elite" denominations, and offered an alternative, radical vision of Christianity. The roots of Pentecostalism, Kostlevy shows, are far more radical than the movement's present conservatism suggests.

Index: 

ILLUSTRATIONS
INTRODUCTION VARIATIONS OF HOLINESS RADICALISM IN PROGRESSIVE ERA AMERICA
1. Martin Wells Knapp and the Origins of the Radical Holiness Movement
2. Marching the Pearly White City: The Birth of the Metropolitan Methodist Mission
3. Pentecost Comes to the White City: The Chicago Revival and the General Holiness Assembly of 1901
4. The Pentecostal Dancers Invade Boston
5. "A Standard for the People": The Burning Bush Movement and the Organization of Mission in the MCA
6. "Forsaking All for Jesus:" F. M. Messenger and Burning Bush Communalism
7. The MCA and the Making of Modern American Religious Culture
8. The Fire Wanes and Is Rekindled: The Burning Bush Movement, 1913-1931
AFTERWORD
END NOTES
WORKS CITED

About the author: 

William Kostlevy is Associate Professor of History and Political Science, Tabor College

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