The Conservative Holiness Movement

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About the author:
Wallace Thornton, Jr. (M.A. in Church History-Cincinnati Bible Seminary) is a church historian whose writings on the history of the Holiness Movement include the books Radical Righteousness and When the Fire Fell, as well as contributions to the Wesleyan Theological Journal and the Historical Dictionary of the Holiness Movement. He has also taught church history at three colleges and spoken at several conferences.

The Conservative Holiness Movement

A Historical Appraisal

Authored by Wallace Thornton Jr.

This booklet presents a germinal essay on the formation of the Conservative Holiness Movement, providing a broad overview from its early twentieth-century roots in the radical Holiness tradition fostered by such visionaries as Martin Wells Knapp and Seth Cook Rees to the development of self-identified "conservative" dissenting fellowships that coalesced under the leadership of ministers like H. E. Schmul and Glenn Griffith during mid-twentieth century. It brings into focus the underlying rationale of the conservative position which perceived the quest for upward social mobility (embourgeoisement) as a three-prong threat-a nefarious spiritual trident endangering the Holiness people's beloved "ship of Zion." It further documents how the radical response to this challenge led to a shift in the primary rationale for Holiness ethics throughout much of the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. An Afterword shares additional reflections refined in light of continued research into the movement's history.

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1499547528 / 9781499547528
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US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Religion / Christian Church / History

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