Northern New England, a rugged landscape dotted with transient settlements, posed challenges to the traditional town church in the wake of the American Revolution. Using the methods of spatial geography, Shelby M. Balik examines how migrants adapted their understanding of religious community and spiritual space to survive in the harsh physical surroundings of the region. The notions of boundaries, place, and identity they developed became the basis for spreading New England's deeply rooted spiritual culture, even as it opened the way to a new evangelical age.
Shelby M. Balik is Assistant Professor of American History at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Foreword by Catherine L. Albanese and Stephen J. Stein Acknowledgments A Note on Places Introduction: Churching the Northern Wilds 1. No Schism in the Body: The Town Church in Crisis 2. Zion Travels: The Itinerant Enterprise 3. Scrambling for the Right: Disestablishment and the Town Church 4. 'Tis All on Fire: Landscapes of Religious Community 5. Fairly Missionary Ground: The Congregationalist Turn to Itinerancy 6. A City Set on a Hill: Northern New England's New Religious Geography Conclusion: A Place of Paradoxes Notes Bibliography Index