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Good Reasons to Believe

Philip N. Mulder

in A Controversial Spirit

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780195131635
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834525 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195131630.003.0002

Series: Religion in America

Good Reasons to Believe

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Although the Great Awakening temporarily split Presbyterians into Old Side and New Side, moderation prevailed as Presbyterians tamed the New Light with their traditional emphases on clerical training, education, and theological and ecclesiastical balance. Ministers like Samuel Davies exemplified temperateness as they worked to promote religious warmth – not heat – in conversion, at the same time wresting toleration from the Anglican Church. Presbyterians concentrated their efforts within their own ethnic communities in the Shenandoah Valley and southern Piedmont, expecting potential converts to be attracted to their system and communion seasons.

Keywords: communion seasons; conversion; Samuel Davies; Great Awakening; New Side; Old Side; Piedmont; Presbyterians; Shenandoah Valley; theology

Chapter.  12227 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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