America in the late nineteenth century was undergoing enormous
societal shifts. Immigration and urbanization were changing the face of the
country. New discoveries and new perspectives on old verities stretched its mind
and stirred its soul. The recently concluded Civil War left America bloodied,
its self-confidence bruised, and its capacity for controversy weakened. American
churches responded to these upheavals in different ways with long-lasting
consequences. The reaction of one small branch of American Protestantism rooted
in the broader stream of Methodism opens a window into these troubled times.
This book explores how the American holiness movement navigated the societal
maelstrom and the role the Bible played in charting its course. The holiness
movement's response illustrates the interaction between the Bible and culture.
It sheds light on the development of the movement's younger cousin,
Pentecostalism. It also adds texture to the Fundamentalist-Modernist
Controversy, an important struggle that marked the early decades of the
twentieth century and continues to shape America today. ""When we explore
Christian history, yesterday's church speaks to today's church about tomorrow.
Stephen Lennox's masterful study of the populist hermeneutic which characterized
the Holiness Movement in the years around the turn of the twentieth century is a
case in point. What he learned by shining a spotlight on seven leading authors
of that period has real significance for biblical interpretation in the modern
era. This book deserves its own spotlight."" --Bob Black, Southern Wesleyan
University Stephen J. Lennox is President of Kingswood University in Sussex, New
Brunswick, Canada. He has also served as Honors Professor of Bible and
Humanities at Indiana Wesleyan University. Lennox is the author of commentaries
on Psalms, Proverbs, and Joshua, and an introduction to the Old Testament, God's
Story Revealed (2009).