Holiness Conversions

Jay Riley Case

in An Unpredictable Gospel

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199772322
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932528 | DOI:
Holiness Conversions

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This chapter explains how holiness missionary women such as Agnes McAllister, Amanda Smith, and Lucy Drake Osborn disregarded dominant conceptions of gender in their pursuit of conversion. This same impulse led holiness missionaries to downplay key conventions of civilization, such as race, class, national identity, rationalized planning, materialism, and millennial progress. This disregard for the discourse of civilization infused the holiness movement with forms of cultural adaptability and democratized religion that allowed African, Asian, and Latin American evangelists such as William Wadé Harris to shape new movements of world Christianity according to the issues of local cultural concern. News of these new movements of world Christianity then flowed back through holiness missionary networks to influence the American holiness movement itself. This news intensified ecstatic revivalism and supernaturalism within the more radical wing of American holiness, laying the foundation for worldwide Pentecostalism.

Keywords: holiness movement; civilization; conversion; gender; Agnes McAllister; Amanda Smith; Lucy Drake Osborn; William Wadé Harris; missionary

Chapter.  10307 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Christianity

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