The Way of the Cross Leads Home

The Way of the Cross Leads Home

The Domestication of American Methodism
A. Gregory Schneider
Distribution: World
Publication date: 03/22/1993
ISBN: 978-0-253-11396-2
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... a seminal study of early 19th-century American Methodist theology and piety. It also presents an innovative and supple model for analyzing 19th-century religion in general."—Christian Century

... an immensely insightful, probing, sophisticated, provocative essay of Methodism in transition... " —The Journal of Religion

... a provocative contribution to revisionist interpretations of the history of American Methodism" —Methodist History

A. Gregory Schneider has written an extraordinary book on early Methodism in the Ohio Valley. He made excellent use of social and psychological theories of identity and group behavior to shed new light on a much-studied religious movement." —Journal of American History

Schneider has significantly enriched our understanding of American religion." —The Catholic Historical Review

[An] imaginative, brilliant, and profound case study of American Methodism.... Schneider’s reading of Methodist discourse provides a truly innovative way of thinking about nineteenth-century American faith, gender, family, and culture." —Donald G. Mathews, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

This richly detailed study of the rise of American Methodism and its social and cultural impact focuses on Methodist religious practice. Schneider shows how the forms of Methodist social religion laid the foundation for the adoption by many white middle-class Christians of an ideology of evangelical domesticity.

Author Bio

A. GREGORY SCHNEIDER is a Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Pacific Union College.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Catherine L. Albanese and Stephen J. Stein
Introduction: The Rise of Methodism and Domesticity

1. Patriarchy and the Culture of Honor
2. Republicanism and Reform
3. Migration: Persistence and Change
4. Experimental Religion and the Way of the Cross
5. The Salvation Machine and the Subversion of Patriarchy
6. Discipline and the Rhetoric of Separation
7. Fellowship and the Rhetoric of Testimony
8. Methodist Identity: The Way of the Cross versus the Culture of Honor
9. The Family of God
10. Ritualizing Families for God
11. The Christian Home in the Republic
12. Icons of Holiness and Instruments of Morality: Women in Their Sphere and Beyond It
13. The Family of God Gives Ground to the Salvation Machine