A. J. TomlinsonPlainfolk Modernist

A. J. TomlinsonPlainfolk Modernist

Roger Glenn Robins

Print publication date: 2005

ISBN: 9780195165913

Publisher: Oxford University Press


This book explores the life of Ambrose Jessup Tomlinson, chronicling his childhood and family life, spiritual journey, missionary work, and his role in establishing the Church of God. Its main objective is to reconcile the holiness-pentecostal tradition to its origins, and the trajectory of its subsequent history. The term “plainfolk modernist” is coined, to suggest that both Tomlinson and the world he inhabited expressed a vibrant strain of modernism, though voiced in the idioms of American plainfolk culture.