The Practice of Pluralism: Congregational Life and Religious Diversity in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1730-1820 - Max Kade Research Institute (Hardback)Mark Haberlein (author)
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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 H berlein confirms that religion in Lancaster was neither on the decline nor rapidly changing; rather, steady and deliberate growth marked a diverse religious population.
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
"No other recent scholarly study provides as thorough an account of the diversity of religious practice in a single community in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century America."
--Scott Paul Gordon, Journal of Moravian History
"This meticulously researched book explores the complex religious landscape of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, during the long eighteenth century."
--S. E. Imhoff, Choice
"Thorough and persuasive. The people of Lancaster come across as devoted and essentially conservative, supporting their churches and attached to their ways of worship, even if individuals among them occasionally changed their minds. H berlein persuasively shows that the laity provided the true continuity of the church."
--Ned Landsmann, Stony Brook University
"One of the book's major strengths is its research. H berlein has meticulously assembled biographic and economic data on a large portion of the pastors, deacons, elders, vestrymen, and other lay leaders in Lancaster during this period. This excellent book adds much to the understanding of religion in the early mid-Atlantic and the maturation of backcountry American society."
--Steve Longenecker, The Catholic Historical Review
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