Nathan Bangs and the Methodist Episcopal Church

The Spread of Scriptural Holiness in Nineteenth-Century America

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Jared Maddox
  • Nashville, TN: 
    General Board of Higher Education & Ministry
    , July
     186 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


To know the story of Nathan Bangs is to understand American Methodism between the death of Francis Asbury and the Civil War. During the nineteenth century, the Methodist Episcopal Church transformed from an alternative society into a middle-class, mainstream denomination. While some scholars attribute Bangs with a desire for respectability, this book argues that respectability might have been more the result of Bang's mission to spread scriptural holiness than the cause. By documenting his life, ministry, and ecclesial leadership, this book shows how Nathan Bangs made Methodism more effective and helped it live into its missionary ethos by introducing standards and standardization.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Jared Maddox is from Southern Methodist University.


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