The Methodist leadership typically would ask four questions of circuit rider volunteers: 1) Is this man truly converted? 2) Does he know and keep our rules? 3) Can he preach acceptably? 4) Has he a horse? Open this issue of Christian History & Biography to learn more about the young, common men who rode themselves to exhaustion while spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. Their ministry sparked an American religious revolution that would firmly ground Christianity as a staple of Americanism.
Inside this issue you'll find:
- Revival at Cane Ridge - What exactly happened at the most important camp meeting in American history?
- Also: Piercing Screams and Heavenly Smiles - An eyewitness account of signs and wonders at early camp meetings.
- A Bird's-Eye View of a Camp Meeting
- Wrestling with God and Man - Dramatic accounts from the frontier's most popular autobiography.
- Holy, 'Knock-'em-Down' Preachers - The common Methodist circuit rider transformed American Christianity.
- The Gallery: Trendsetters in the Religious WildernessThe early American frontier produced zealous, and often eccentric leaders.
- Counter-Culture Christianity - A look at the radical utopian communities that sprang up across the early frontier.
- Rejecting the "Negro Pew" - As revival religion blossomed, so did the independent black church.
- Also: All Sins Swept Away - A slave describes her delayed but dramatic conversion.
- The Great Spirit Descends - A stirring camp meeting among Native Americans.
- The Christian History Interview: Revivals that Changed a Nation - Frontier faith captured the heart of the common person - and molded America's character.
Issue 45 (Volume XIV (14), Number 1)