By Nancy L. Rhoden

Decisions of loyalism or patriotism have been hardly effortless in the course of the American Revolution. The colonial Anglican clergy, all of whom had taken oaths to the King and his church, confronted a very tough trouble. innovative governments demanded that they repudiate their oaths, finish prayers for the King, and change the liturgy.

Revolutionary Anglicanism examines the plight of those colonial monks, monitoring down each one of the over three hundred Anglican ministers within the 13 colonies to evaluate their assorted political views and collective thoughts for private and institutional survival.

While the Revolution reworked and politicized the civilian inhabitants, Rhoden reveals that almost all Anglican clergy skilled a technique of depoliticization as they tried to barter a risky political weather within which they have been seen with grave suspicion through their innovative buddies. This non-political origin facilitated the production of the yank Episcopal Church, which started to embody the hot non secular paradigms of the yankee 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 put Puritanism or evangelical faith on the heart of the early American non secular experience.

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