Rally The Scattered Believers: Northern New England's Religious Geography

Hardcover | May 30, 2014

byShelby M. Balik

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Northern New England, a rugged landscape dotted with transient settlements, posed challenges to the traditional town church in the wake of the American Revolution. Using the methods of spatial geography, Shelby M. Balik examines how migrants adapted their understanding of religious community and spiritual space to survive in the harsh physical surroundings of the region. The notions of boundaries, place, and identity they developed became the basis for spreading New England's deeply rooted spiritual culture, even as it opened the way to a new evangelical age.

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Northern New England, a rugged landscape dotted with transient settlements, posed challenges to the traditional town church in the wake of the American Revolution. Using the methods of spatial geography, Shelby M. Balik examines how migrants adapted their understanding of religious community and spiritual space to survive in the harsh ...

Shelby M. Balik is Assistant Professor of American History at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:316 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:May 30, 2014Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253012104

ISBN - 13:9780253012104

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Catherine L. Albanese and Stephen J. Stein
Acknowledgments
A Note on Places
Introduction: Churching the Northern Wilds
1. No Schism in the Body: The Town Church in Crisis
2. Zion Travels: The Itinerant Enterprise
3. Scrambling for the Right: Disestablishment and the Town Church
4. 'Tis All on Fire: Landscapes of Religious Community
5. Fairly Missionary Ground: The Congregationalist Turn to Itinerancy
6. A City Set on a Hill: Northern New England's New Religious Geography
Conclusion: A Place of Paradoxes
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"I strongly recommend Balik's book for those studying colonial religious landscapes and heritages not only in New England, but in the nineteenth-century religious diasporas that swept the continent with varying mixes of European colonials and also African and Asian heritages." -Stanley D. Brunn, University of Kentucky, The Geographical Review