By Nancy L. Rhoden
Decisions of loyalism or patriotism have been infrequently effortless throughout the American Revolution. The colonial Anglican clergy, all of whom had taken oaths to the King and his church, confronted a very tricky quandary. progressive governments demanded that they repudiate their oaths, finish prayers for the King, and change the liturgy.
Revolutionary Anglicanism examines the plight of those colonial priests, monitoring down each of the over three hundred Anglican ministers within the 13 colonies to evaluate their assorted political views and collective suggestions for private and institutional survival.
While the Revolution reworked and politicized the civilian inhabitants, Rhoden reveals that the majority Anglican clergy skilled a strategy of depoliticization as they tried to barter a unstable political weather within which they have been considered with grave suspicion through their innovative pals. This non-political origin facilitated the production of the yank Episcopal Church, which started to embody the hot non secular paradigms of the yank republic.
By emphasizing the Revolution as a rejection not just of the English monarch yet of his church, Revolutionary Anglicanism implicitly demanding situations the longstanding culture which has positioned Puritanism or evangelical faith on the middle of the early American non secular experience.
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