Darkness Falls on the Land of Light Hardback

Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England

by Douglas L. Winiarski;

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Darkness Falls on the Land of Light

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This sweeping history of popular religion in eighteenth-century New England examines the experiences of ordinary people living through extraordinary times. Drawing on an unprecedented quantity of letters, diaries, and testimonies, Douglas Winiarski recovers the pervasive and vigorous lay piety of the early eighteenth century. George Whitefield's preaching tour of 1740 called into question the fundamental assumptions of this thriving religious culture. Incited by Whitefield and fascinated by miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit--visions, bodily fits, and sudden conversions--countless New Englanders broke ranks with family, neighbors, and ministers who dismissed their religious experiences as delusive enthusiasm. These new converts, the progenitors of today's evangelical movement, bitterly assaulted the Congregational establishment.The 1740s and 1750s were the dark night of the New England soul, as men and women groped toward a restructured religious order. Conflict transformed inclusive parishes into exclusive networks of combative spiritual seekers. Then as now, evangelicalism emboldened ordinary people to question traditional authorities. Their challenge shattered whole communities.

Darkness Falls on the Land of Light by Douglas L. Winiarski was published by The University of North Carolina Press in January 2017. The ISBN for Darkness Falls on the Land of Light is 9781469628264.

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Details for Darkness Falls on the Land of Light

Page last updated 30th August 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press (January 2017)
Number of Pages608
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4456026
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