This discussion on another thread has prompted me to start another thread.
What were the causes of the church splits (North & South) in the USA in the 1800s?
Where was the reformed faith in all of this?
What was the primary church of the South?
The conflict of the mid 19th century was in many ways directly caused by the split of American churches in the early 19th century. If a church can split over the color of the carpet, how much more so when the purity of the Gospel is torn asunder?
The heat only demonstrates that the issue is far from over. If the nation as a whole [in respect to the ecclesiastic government(s)] does not come together in Christ to seek Him in Spirit and truth, then a new nation must arise that will. Remember what else is seen in the books of Kings- out of darkest calamity comes repentance and turning from Sin amongst clans of the faithful.
A new thread might not be a bad idea. It's in regards to the second great awakening, which was nothing less than a theological grenade going off around 1820-1830. Baptists split, Presby's split... Unitarianism became pronounced... even the Mormons have their roots in this period. Charles Finney was probably the most prominent product of this era.This is an area of church history on which I am a bit weak. What did the church split over? Was it the authority of Scripture? If so, what were the North/South views on the subject?
I was under the impression that the South was primarily Baptist and arminian during the Civil War. Am I correct in that? From what I know of South Carolina history, the presbyterian church was on the way out by the mid to late 1800s.
Perhaps I should start a new thread on this one?