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Aimee Semple Mcpherson And The Reconfiguration Of Methodism In America, 1916–1922

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This chapter focuses on the thrust of previous historical scholarship by arguing that McPherson made significant contributions to early twentieth-century Methodism by incarnating a practice of camp meeting spirituality that strengthened the MEC evangelistic push, offering individuals an alternative way of being Methodist through faith healing and Spirit baptism, and reforming congregational liturgy. Both Methodism and Pentecostalism were reconfigured through the ministry of this Canadian-born evangelist. First, the chapter examines the survey of Aimee Semple McPherson's early ministry followed by a discussion of the importance of her Canadian roots and Wesleyan heritage, and her contributions to American Methodism. Last, the author proposes that the findings of the chapter call for a reorientation of research on Methodism, the Holiness movement, Fundamentalism, and Pentecostalism in the United States.

Keywords: Aimee Semple Mcpherson; American Methodism; Canadian roots; Pentecostal identity



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