Faith, Doubt, and the Penning of Scripture

David F. Holland

in Sacred Borders

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199753611
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895113 | DOI:

Series: Religion in America

Faith, Doubt, and the Penning of Scripture

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This chapter considers the relationship between evangelicalism and three of the most prominent American challenges to the traditional Christian canon: Shakerism, Mormonism, and Seventh-day Adventism. It reflects on how the idea of new revelations flourished in the interstices of a collision between vibrant spirituality and biblical doubt. It compares and contrasts these movements and their relation to the canon.

Keywords: Second Great Awakening; evangelicalism; Shakers; Mormons; Seventh-day Adventists

Chapter.  19985 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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