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Victorian Religious RevivalsCulture and Piety in Local and Global Contexts$
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David Bebbington

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199575480

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575480.001.0001

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Experience and Good Order

Experience and Good Order

Presbyterian Revival in North Carolina, 1857

(p.131) 6 Experience and Good Order
Victorian Religious Revivals

David Bebbington

Oxford University Press

In 1857 a revival at Union Church, Moore County, North Carolina, revealed an interplay between uninhibited undenominational religion and disciplined Presbyterian management. The event was marked by memories of earlier boisterous revivals and promoted by ministers of strongly exuberant temperament. The circumstances of the congregation also encouraged emotional display. Yet their Scottish background and learned traditions inhibited the expression of experiential religion. Calvinist theology and Presbyterian order had the same effect, establishing a distance from Methodists and Baptists. Women, children and slaves were not prominent, but the farmers and inhabitants of a nearby town set a restrained tone under the leadership of their minister. The result was the containment of experience by good order.

Keywords:   revival, Union Church, Moore County, North Carolina, Presbyterian, Scottish, Calvinist, women, children, slaves

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