Radical Holiness and Plainfolk Modernism

Roger Glenn Robins

in A. J. Tomlinson

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780195165913
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835454 | DOI:

Series: Religion in America

Radical Holiness and Plainfolk Modernism

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This chapter explores the ways radical holiness captured, reflected, and embraced the tenor of its times. The qualities associated with modernity pervaded the movement’s culture and ideology. These qualities include the celebration of innovation and change; cultural optimism; the glorification of science, technology, and power; a dialectic relationship with urbanization; blurring of regional boundaries; and a social ethics that undermined traditional assumptions about race and gender. Radical holiness voiced each of these qualities in the idioms of plainfolk culture.

Keywords: radical holiness; plainfolk modernism; innovation; cultural optimism; science and technology; urbanization; race; gender

Chapter.  6409 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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