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The Urban PulpitNew York City and the Fate of Liberal Evangelicalism$
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Matthew Bowman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199977604

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977604.001.0001

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The Word and Old New York

The Word and Old New York

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The Urban Pulpit

Matthew Bowman

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents New York City as the capital of a nineteenth century evangelical consensus. New York was the center of many evangelical interdenominational programs, but, to evangelicals, was also itself a paramount example of what preaching the Word of God could accomplish. Evangelical histories told the story of a city transformed by the voices of preachers and spreading of scripture. These techniques overthrew colonial New York’s established Anglicanism and Dutch Reformed Christianity and made New York City the beating heart of the American evangelical empire. The chapter also examines the sense of crisis evangelicals felt when in the late nineteenth century that story seemed to fail, the power of these strategies apparently ceased, and Catholic and Jewish immigration began to transform the city’s landscapes again.

Keywords:   Immigration, Evangelism, Publishing

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