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Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England

Douglas L. Winiarski


This sweeping history of popular religion in eighteenth-century New England examines the experiences of ordinary men and women living through extraordinary times. Drawing on an unprecedented quantity of letters, diaries, and testimonies, Douglas Winiarski recovers the pervasive and vigorous lay piety of the early eighteenth century. George Whitefield’s preaching tour of 1740 called into question the fundamental assumptions of this thriving religious culture. Incited by Whitefield and fascinated by miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit—visions, bodily fits, and sudden conversions—countless New En ... More

Keywords: popular religion, eighteenth century, New England, Congregationalism, religious experience, Great Awakening, Evangelicalism, George Whitefield

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469628264
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628264.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas L. Winiarski, author
University of Richmond