The Church through history

Session 1: Being Christian in the World We’re In

Sunday, September 16, 2018, 9-10 am

The beginning of the U.S., the Industrial Revolution, and Evangelicalism

The beginning of the United States coincided with the Industrial Revolution. Goods were increasingly produced at centralized factories in towns and cities, rather than individually by craftsmen in towns and villages. People started moving away from rural areas where they had been impoverished, subsistence farm laborers, to more prosperous towns and cities where there was more cash—for the factory workers and for everyone who made a living in those towns. This continued throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.

There was a lot of benefit – and a lot of disruption – that went along with a shift from rural to urban, from agricultural production to manufacturing. And that disruption applied to Christianity, too. The village church, with its old graves, was often far away from the grandchildren of the people buried there after they migrated to the cities, or to the frontier. Continue reading The Church through history


Being Christian in the World We’re In

What these sessions are about

 We are having a series of brief discussion sessions at Calvary this Fall that are meant to explore being Christian both throughout history and in the times we’re now living. Anybody can come—it doesn’t matter what age you are, or whether you buy into any of it. It’s meant to be a time to think and talk together about what Christianity is, and has been, and will be in the years to come.

These these blog posts will provide information to help give us a thoughtful understanding of Christianity, its history, and its beliefs. This will serve as the basis for our discussions on Sunday morning from 9:00-10:00. You are welcome to read these whether you come or not, and to come whether you have “done your homework” or not.

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