The Practice of Pluralism: Congregational Life and Religious Diversity in Lancaster, Pennsylvania…

Paperback | July 12, 2016

byMark Häberlein

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The clash of modernity and an Amish buggy might be the first image that comes to one’s mind when imagining Lancaster, Pennsylvania, today. But in the early to mid-eighteenth century, Lancaster stood apart as an active and religiously diverse, ethnically complex, and bustling city. On the eve of the American Revolution, Lancaster’s population had risen to nearly three thousand inhabitants; it stood as a center of commerce, industry, and trade. While the German-speaking population—Anabaptists as well as German Lutherans, Moravians, and German Calvinists—made up the majority, about one-third were English-speaking Anglicans, Catholics, Presbyterians, Quakers, Calvinists, and other Christian groups. A small group of Jewish families also lived in Lancaster, though they had no synagogue. Carefully mining historical records and documents, from tax records to church membership rolls, Mark Häberlein confirms that religion in Lancaster was neither on the decline nor rapidly changing; rather, steady and deliberate growth marked a diverse religious population.

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The clash of modernity and an Amish buggy might be the first image that comes to one’s mind when imagining Lancaster, Pennsylvania, today. But in the early to mid-eighteenth century, Lancaster stood apart as an active and religiously diverse, ethnically complex, and bustling city. On the eve of the American Revolution, Lancaster’s popu...

Mark Häberlein is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Bamberg, Germany.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.65 inPublished:July 12, 2016Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271074833

ISBN - 13:9780271074832

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Table of Contents

PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION

1

A Quest for Order:

The German Reformed Congregation, 1733–1775

2

Growth and Disruption: Lutherans and Moravians

3

The English Churches of Colonial Lancaster

4

Religious Pluralism in an Eighteenth-Century Town

5

Lancaster’s Churches in the New Republic

6

The Transformation of Charity, 1750–1820

Conclusion

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

Editorial Reviews

“This meticulously researched book explores the complex religious landscape of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, during the long eighteenth century.”

—S. E. Imhoff, Choice