This chapter explores the ways that Protestants and Catholics grew to resemble each other in their religious practices before the Civil War. Catholics cultivated a more personal preaching style following Protestants’ evangelical models, and Protestants adopted medieval styles of architecture. Over time, this chapter argues, Catholics and Protestants began to look and sound alike. The chapter further contends that Catholics thought deeply about how to connect personally with disparate peoples. Protestants came to believe that beautiful environments remade people, rendering them pliable and susceptible to moral change. The common religious vernacular found in revivals and architecture diminished doctrinal disputes in both Ohio and Kentucky and fostered greater cultural malleability.
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