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Everyday ReligionAn Archaeology of Protestant Belief and Practice in the Nineteenth Century$
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Kruczek-Aaron Hadley

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061085

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061085.001.0001

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Archaeology and Everyday Religion

Archaeology and Everyday Religion

An Introduction

(p.1) 1 Archaeology and Everyday Religion
Everyday Religion

Hadley Kruczek-Aaron

University Press of Florida

This chapter argues for the value of and need for archaeological explorations of religious belief and practice, both generally speaking and in terms of the specific context of the work. It considers what has been inhibiting progress in this research domain, with special attention granted to the distinction that is mistakenly made between what is “sacred” and what is “profane.” This chapter encourages archaeologists and others to break down this analytical barrier, which has limited our understanding of the ways religious belief impacts everyday life. The Second Great Awakening, a period of intense revivalism in the early nineteenth century that had lasting effects on the ways Americans thought about their material worlds, is presented as the focal point of the work, which mobilizes the concept of lived religion (from religious historian David Hall and others) in a case study that focuses on the central New York household and community of religious reformer Gerrit Smith (1797–1874).

Keywords:   Second Great Awakening, Gerrit Smith, religious reformer, revivalism, lived religion

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