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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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The Second Great Awakening and the Remaking of Everyday Life

The Second Great Awakening and the Remaking of Everyday Life

(p.14) 2 The Second Great Awakening and the Remaking of Everyday Life
Everyday Religion

Hadley Kruczek-Aaron

University Press of Florida

This chapter describes the Second Great Awakening ideas—especially the emphasis on Christian perfection and evangelism—that inspired numerous nineteenth-century Americans to an active faith. It reviews what it meant to live the Word, with special emphasis on those ideas that had material referents. New attitudes about the purity of the Christian body inspired advice on what true Christians should eat and drink and what they should surround themselves with inside and outside of the true Christian home. Temperance, anti-tobacco reform, dietary reform, dress reform, and domestic reform movements are highlighted, and ideas of Christian domesticity and aesthetics are explained. In sum, this chapter features a discussion of the ways evangelicals reconceptualized the meaning of their everyday lives as a result of their religious beliefs.

Keywords:   Christian perfection, evangelism, Christian body, temperance, anti-tobacco reform, dietary reform, dress reform, domestic reform, evangelicals

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