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War and Religion in America

American historian James Bratt will explore the alternative destinations in style, ritual, and spirituality which the antebellum pilgrims sought and found on the road out of revivalism. Liturgical scholar Lester Ruth will respond and discuss analogies on the worship scene in the 21st century, especially noting the recurring popular impulse for alternate forms of worship.

As many people reacted against revivalistic styles and theology in the pre-Civil War period, so some are reacting today against the like 'enthusiasms' and 'superficialities' associated with some contemporary praise-and-worship, seeker services, etc. American historian James Bratt will explore the alternative destinations in style, ritual, and spirituality which the antebellum pilgrims sought and found on the road out of revivalism. Liturgical scholar Lester Ruth will respond and discuss analogies on the worship scene in the 21st century, especially noting the recurring popular impulse for alternate forms of worship.

Presented at the 2008 Calvin Symposium on Worship.

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