The Pursuit of Religious, Racial, and Social Unity in an Early Republic Metropolis
This introductory chapter outlines the specific points of study to be undergone in further detail in the latter parts of this book, which can be more broadly termed as the urban impact within church histories and congregations. Urban expansion influenced religious experience, and these variables can help determine how the city's churches responded to these changes: how their respective religious traditions shaped the way they reacted to the city, and how changes in the city affected the way they perceived and received religion in these years. The study of congregations reveals dynamics that larger and more general studies might miss. Moreover, church histories provide the institutional development of the church. These factors and more will be examined in further detail against the bustling, commercial backdrop of New York—an urban metropolis that, despite the growth of its churches, maintains a secular reputation.
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