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dc.contributor.advisorKidd, Thomas S.
dc.contributor.authorYacovazzi, Cassandra.
dc.contributor.otherBaylor University. Dept. of History.en
dc.date.accessioned2009-06-30T13:50:18Z
dc.date.available2009-06-30T13:50:18Z
dc.date.copyright2009-05
dc.date.issued2009-06-30T13:50:18Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2104/5343
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (p. 102-109).en
dc.description.abstractThe antebellum era is often portrayed a time of religious flourishing, when the state got along with the church, when revivalism gave a voice to the voiceless, and when churches grew faster than the population. While these aspects are significant, one must also examine the unintended effects of radical freedom and egalitarianism, such as sectarianism, individualism, and heterodoxy. As each religious sect claimed to be the true church, a number of Americans began to experience a sense of religious confusion, detachment, and instability. This resulted in a crisis of sectarianism, induced a number of conversions from traditional Protestant denominations. This paper examines why antebellum Americans converted to Restorationism, Catholicism, and Mormonism. While each of these traditions was considerably different from one another theologically, they each offered converts a sense of religious stability through defined authority and security through cohesive communities and rituals. Furthermore, the critiques of the all the traditional Protestant denominations voiced by these converts, reveals the inherent danger in the American values of freedom, liberty, and independence, as applied to religion, when not maintained by a semblance of order.en
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Cassandra Yacovazzi.en
dc.format.extent[vi], 109 p.en
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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.rightsBaylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact librarywebmaster@baylor.edu for inquiries about permission.en
dc.subjectConversion -- Christianity -- History -- 19th century.en
dc.subjectRestoration Movement (Christianity)en
dc.subjectCatholic Church --- United Staes -- History -- 19th century.en
dc.subjectMormon Church --- United States -- History -- 19th century.en
dc.subjectReligious tolerance --- United States -- History -- 19th century.en
dc.subjectUnited States -- Religious life and customs -- 19th century.en
dc.titleThe crisis of sectarianism : Restorationist, Catholic, and Mormon converts in antebellum America.en
dc.typeThesisen
dc.description.degreeM.A.en
dc.rights.accessrightsWorldwide accessen
dc.contributor.departmentHistory.en


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