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Baylor American Church History Collection (3 vols.)
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Baylor American Church History Collection (3 vols.)

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Baylor University Press 2002–2012

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Gathering Interest


This collection of volumes on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American church history presents important recent studies on the development of Christianity in North America. In Preaching Politics, Jerome Dean Mahaffey presents an extensive rhetorical analysis of George Whitefield’s sermons and their influence on American colonialism. In Revivalism and Separatism in New England, 1740–1800, C. C. Goen considers the tremendous affect that eighteenth- and nineteenth-century revivalism had on American religious identity. Stephen L. Longenecker’s volume, Shenandoah Religion, discusses the important topic of religious pluralism and its development in early North America.

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Key Features

  • Includes one of the few rhetorical analyses of George Whitefield’s sermons
  • Offers major contributions to the study of American church history

Individual Titles

Preaching Politics: The Religious Rhetoric of George Whitefield and the Founding of a New Nation

  • Author: Jerome Dean Mahaffey
  • Series: Studies in Rhetoric and Religion (R&R)
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 310

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Preaching Politics traces the surprising and lasting influence of one of American history’s most fascinating and enigmatic figures—George Whitefield. Jerome Mahaffey explores George Whitefield’s role in creating a “rhetoric of community” that successfully established a common worldview among the many colonial cultures. Using a rigorous method of rhetorical analysis, Mahaffey cogently argues that George Whitefield directed the evolution of an American collective religious identity that lay underneath the emerging political ideology that fueled the American Revolution.

This study of the convergence of religion and politics in eighteenth-century America is an altogether satisfying presentation suitable for use by undergraduate and graduate students alike . . . Recommended.


Though the famed eighteenth-century itinerant evangelist, George Whitefield, has received considerable attention over the past two decades, surprisingly few studies focus directly on the 100 plus sermons Whitefield preached and published from a rhetorical vantage point. Happily, that lacunae is now filled with Jerome Mahaffey’s impressive new book, Preaching Politics. Besides exploring the rhetoric underlying Whitefield’s dynamic sermons, this book also looks at Anglo-American politics and deftly locates Whitefield’s words in the question for an independent American political identity. A must-read for students of eighteenth-century religion and politics alike.

Harry S. Stout, Jonathan Edwards Professor of Religious History and chair, Department of Religious Studies, Yale University

Professor Mahaffey has established in a conclusive manner the contribution that George Whitefield made to the unifying of American political thought through his preaching and writing. He has also shown in a detailed way the political influence of Whitefield in England. This book is required reading for an explanation of the forces that led to American independence.

—Thomas H. Olbricht, distinguished professor emeritus of religion, Pepperdine University

This excellent study sheds new light on George Whitefield as an orator and argues convincingly for his role, and the role of evangelical Protestantism, in the formation of an American identity. This significant contribution to the rhetorical, religious, and political history of the colonial period adds much to our understanding of the underpinnings of the American Revolution.

—James R. Andrews, editor, Rhetoric, Religion, and the Roots of Identity in British Colonial America: A Rhetorical History of the United States

Jerome Dean Mahaffey (PhD, University of Memphis) is associate professor and the John and Corrine Graf Chair of Mass Communication at Indiana University East.

Revivalism and Separatism in New England, 1740–1800: Strict Congregationalists and Separate Baptists in the Great Awakening

  • Author: C. C. Goen
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 399

Winner of the Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History, C. C. Goen’s landmark study on the effects of revivalism during the latter half of the eighteenth century filled a great void in understanding the Great Awakening, and it continues to influence the work of scholars today. Full of artful contextualization of the issues that plagued colonial churches, Revivalism and Separatism in New England, 1740–1800 documents the ways in which revivalism helped pave the way for a new religious identity in America. Goen underscores how these congregations responded to state involvement in matters of religion and sheds new light on the development of the Baptist denomination by locating its growth within fringe communities in New England rather than organized structures in the Middle Colonies.

Very rarely do doctoral dissertations make a major contribution in their field. Even more rarely are they, as prepared for publication, masterpieces of organization and literary style. This book, which won the Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History, scores on both counts.

Journal of Religion

The most enduring value of this volume probably lies . . . in the suggestiveness of its themes and the cogency of its interpretations.

Church History

C. C. Goen was professor of the history of Christianity at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC.

Shenandoah Religion: Outsiders and the Mainstream, 1716–1865

  • Author: Stephen L. Longenecker
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 261

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By surveying the religiously pluralistic setting of the eighteenth and early-nineteenth-century Shenandoah Valley, Longenecker reveals how the fabric of American pluralism was woven. Calling worldliness the “mainstream” and otherworldliness the “outsidernesss,” Shenandoah Religion describes the transition certain denominations made in becoming mainstream and the resistance of others in maintaining distinctive dress, manners, social relations, economics, and apolitical viewpoints.

Informative and well written, this book analyzes ‘outsiderness’ as a theologically justified position among a handful of Protestant traditions in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.... Recommended. General readers, undergraduates, and graduate students.


[This work] will confirm Longenecker’s standing as the foremost religious historian of the Virginia backcountry.

—Robert M. Calhoon, professor emeritus of early American history, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Stephen L. Longenecker is professor of history at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia. A graduate of John Hopkins University (MA and PhD), Longenecker is the author of Selma’s Peacemaker: Ralph E. Smeltzer and Civil Rights Mediation and Piety and Tolerance: Pennsylvania German Religion, 1700–1850.

Product Details

  • Title: Baylor American Church History Collection
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 970