Under the Big Top: Big Tent Revivalism and American Culture, 1885-1925 by Josh McMullenUnder the Big Top: Big Tent Revivalism and American Culture, 1885-1925 by Josh McMullen

Under the Big Top: Big Tent Revivalism and American Culture, 1885-1925

byJosh McMullen

Hardcover | March 11, 2015

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Under the Big Top examines the immensely popular big tent revivals of turn-of-the-twentieth-century America and develops a new framework for understanding Protestantism in this transformative period of the nation's history. Contemporary critics of the revivalists often depicted them as anxiousand outdated religious opponents of a modern, urban nation. Early historical accounts likewise portrayed tent revivalists as Victorian hold-outs, bent on re-establishing nineteenth-century values and religion in a new America. In this revisionist work, Josh McMullen argues that, contrary to thesestereotypes, big tent revivalists actually participated in the shift away from Victorianism and helped in the construction of a new consumer culture in the United States.How did the United States became the most consumer-driven and yet one of the most religious societies in the western world? McMullen shows that revivalists and their audiences reconciled the Protestant ethic of salvation with the emerging consumer ethos by cautiously unlinking Christianity fromVictorianism and joining it to the new, emerging consumer culture. Under the Big Top helps to explain the continued appeal of both the therapeutic and the salvific worldview to many Americans as well as the ambivalence that accompanies this combination.
Josh McMullen received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He completed a Masters in Theology and Church History at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of History at Regent University.
Title:Under the Big Top: Big Tent Revivalism and American Culture, 1885-1925Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.29 × 6.42 × 0.91 inPublished:March 11, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199397864

ISBN - 13:9780199397860

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"This volume helps us see how the excitement of big tent evangelists left a legacy that influenced the church but also conditioned many attendees to the emerging consumer culture with its stress on the individual and well being." --Fides et Historia