Advancing light: evangelicalism in Yarmouth Township 1761-1830
LE3 .A278 1986
Master of Arts
History & Classics
A number of studies have been written on early Maritime evangelicalism In recent years. However the literature has too often been preoccupied with Henry Alline and the 'Great Awakening' or taken a survey-type approach to regional evangelical developments. Consequently, certain generalizations and perhaps an over emphasis of Alline's importance has prevailed without supporting evidence from individual community studies. Using the 'case study' by examining evangelical development in one approach, township, this thesis endeavours to consider the topic from a different perspective. It was discovered that the New England evangelicalism brought to Yarmouth Township by the planters in the 1760's and early 1770's remained essentially unchanged between 1761-1830. While changes occurred in denominational or sectarian affiliation, church structure, polity, theology, and preachers, the fervent evangelical zeal Whltefieldlan-type preaching which characterized the days of settlement remained constant throughout the and early period examined. In fact, It was this evangelical orientation which provided unity and Identity for a Yarmouth New Light group, which separated from the Chebogue congregation in 1783, as It was transformed Into a Regular Baptist Church.
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