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Building the Old Time ReligionWomen Evangelists in the Progressive Era$
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Priscilla Pope-Levison

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814723845

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814723845.001.0001

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Mothers, Saints, Bishops

Mothers, Saints, Bishops

Churches and Denominations

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(p.67) 2 Mothers, Saints, Bishops
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Building the Old Time Religion
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Priscilla Pope-Levison

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814723845.003.0002

This chapter investigates the new churches and denominations launched by women, from their initial formation to their development into enduring institutions with established headquarters, printing presses, and full-fledged sets of doctrines and disciplines. Women retained strict control over the institutions as well as their members, often dictating lives down to daily minutiae, like Alma White's insistence on a vegetarian diet and thirty minutes of daily exercise. While the women founders who launched these churches and denominations—such as Mary Lee Cagle, Florence Crawford, Mary Magdalena Lewis Tate, Maria Woodworth-Etter, and Alma White—are long deceased, much of their work remains vibrant into the twenty-first century, and second- and third-generation members continue to engage in evangelism across the globe.

Keywords:   women evangelists, evangelicals, Christian churches, Christianity, denominations, Alma White, Mary Lee Cagle, Florence Crawford, Mary Magdalena Lewis Tate, Maria Woodworth-Etter

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