Holy Jumpers: Evangelicals and Radicals in Progressive Era America

Hardcover | June 2, 2010

byWilliam Kostlevy

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In this groundbreaking book, William Kostlevy presents a fascinating study of the Metropolitan Church Association (MCA), a religious community founded in Chicago in the early 1890s. The MCA was one of the most controversial societies of the era. Its members were called "jumpers" because oftheir acrobatic worship style, and "Burning Bushers" after their caustic periodical, the Burning Bush. They objected to the concept of private property, rejected "elite" denominations, and professed an alternative, radical vision of Christianity, using modern music and folk art to spread theirmessage.A product of the holiness revival of the late nineteenth century and a catalyst for Pentecostalism, the MCA played a vital role in the twentieth century growth of evangelical Christianity, yet it has long been ignored in studies of American radicalism, of communal societies, and even of holiness andPentecostal Christianity. Kostlevy rectifies this omission, providing a valuable new context for understanding the origins of Pentecostalism. He investigates the internal struggles of the Holiness Movement, showing how radically divergent theological currents came to dominate a major segment of theAmerican evangelical community. He also shows how deeply the MCA impacted the lives of twentieth century evangelists Bud Robinson and Seth C. Rees, self-designated first woman bishop Alma White, and Pentecostal evangelists A. G. Garr and Glenn Cook. As Holy Jumpers demonstrates, Holiness Christians,and the MCA in particular, played a profoundly formative role in the development of modern evangelical and Pentecostal Christianity.

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In this groundbreaking book, William Kostlevy presents a fascinating study of the Metropolitan Church Association (MCA), a religious community founded in Chicago in the early 1890s. The MCA was one of the most controversial societies of the era. Its members were called "jumpers" because oftheir acrobatic worship style, and "Burning Bus...

William Kostlevy is Associate Professor of History and Political Science at Tabor College.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 6.18 × 9.21 × 0.91 inPublished:June 2, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IllustrationsIntroduction Variations of Holiness Radicalism in Progressive Era America1. Martin Wells Knapp and the Origins of the Radical Holiness Movement2. Marching the Pearly White City: The Birth of the Metropolitan Methodist Mission3. Pentecost Comes to the White City: The Chicago Revival and the General Holiness Assembly of 19014. The Pentecostal Dancers Invade Boston5. "A Standard for the People": The Burning Bush Movement and the Organization of Mission in the MCA6. "Forsaking All for Jesus:" F. M. Messenger and Burning Bush Communalism7. The MCA and the Making of Modern American Religious Culture8. The Fire Wanes and Is Rekindled: The Burning Bush Movement, 1913-1931AfterwordEnd NotesWorks Cited