In 1857 a revival at Union Church, Moore County, North Carolina, revealed an interplay between uninhibited undenominational religion and disciplined Presbyterian management. The event was marked by memories of earlier boisterous revivals and promoted by ministers of strongly exuberant temperament. The circumstances of the congregation also encouraged emotional display. Yet their Scottish background and learned traditions inhibited the expression of experiential religion. Calvinist theology and Presbyterian order had the same effect, establishing a distance from Methodists and Baptists. Women, children and slaves were not prominent, but the farmers and inhabitants of a nearby town set a restrained tone under the leadership of their minister. The result was the containment of experience by good order.
Keywords: revival; Union Church; Moore County; North Carolina; Presbyterian; Scottish; Calvinist; women; children; slaves
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Subjects: History of Christianity
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