Practical Religion in the Protestant Atlantic World, 1650-1850Practical Religion in the Protestant Atlantic World, 1650-1850http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/261796Magill Quaker Collection2014-08-27T12:00:002014-08-27T13:00:00
August 27,2014 12:00PM–1:00PM
Magill Quaker Collection
Gest Fellow Janet Moore Lindman will share her research and findings during her fellowship this month at Haverford's Special Collections.
Interior, Downingtown Friends Meeting, Downingtown, PA
The terms “practical religion” and “practical Christianity” pervade spiritual literature in the Protestant Atlantic world from the seventeenth century onward. In this historical context, the word “practical” connoted “to practice” or “practicing”; meaning not just observance, but the specific activities a believer actively engaged in to maintain his or her spirituality. True piety did not come about through theology alone; it had to be practiced devoutly and repeatedly. A “practical” Protestant fostered his/her faith through doctrinal belief, emotional demeanor, physical conduct, and ritual performance--with belief and behavior inextricably linked together. Janet Moore Lindman's project places these Protestants' spiritual exercises and activities within an Atlantic context. While believers followed their own doctrines and practices, they did so within an imperial context which linked likeminded Protestants to each other within the same discursive community: reading the same works, practicing the same acts, and advocating the same beliefs as part of the “Protestant empire.”
Janet Moore Lindman is a professor of history at Rowan University. She is the coeditor of “A Centre of Wonders”: The Body in Early America (Cornell University Press, 2001), and author of Bodies of Belief: Baptist Community in Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008). She has been awarded fellowships at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the John Nicholas Brown Center at Brown University, the Virginia Historical Society, and the Maryland Historical Society.
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