Religious Coming of Age among Students at Antebellum Georgia's Evangelical Colleges Open Access

Young, Pearl Joy (2010)

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Growing up within an evangelical Christian household meant familiarity with its theology and
adherence to its expectations and practices. Yet, according to the same theology, children of
converts could not be considered Christians (or members of the church) unless they underwent
their own conversion experience. Then, what did it mean to be a Christian? In antebellum
Georgia, many students at evangelical colleges were faced with this dilemma. Those who
desired this identity for themselves had to define its meaning and implication for their future life.
They had to determine how this identity would govern their daily life. Ultimately, it changed
their perspective and motivation for their adult life, and the purpose of their life became focused
on the hope of a future life in Heaven.

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PREFACE....................................................................................................................................... 1
INTRODUCTION .......................................................................................................................... 2
CHAPTER 1: CONVERSION ....................................................................................................... 9
CHAPTER 2: RELIGIOUS LIFE................................................................................................. 16
CHAPTER 3: A DIFFERENT STANDARD............................................................................... 21
CHAPTER 4: DAILY LIFE ......................................................................................................... 27
CHAPTER 5: LOOKING AHEAD TO ADULT LIFE................................................................ 38
CHAPTER 6: A DESTINY BEYOND TIME.............................................................................. 46
CONCLUSION............................................................................................................................. 54
WORKS CITED ........................................................................................................................... 57

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