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Christ Church Phila.
Christ Church, Philadelphia: The Nation’s Church in a Changing City
Deborah Mathias Gough (au)
Marking the tercentenary of “the Nation’s church” & one of Philadelphia’s most treasured colonial institutions, this vol. chronicles the history of Christ Church from its founding in 1695 through 3 centuries of changes. The church’s fascinating story is intertwined with that of the devt. of Philadelphia as a major city. Established as the church of the English crown in a decidedly Quaker colony, Christ Church dealt from its inception with issues of religious freedom. The congregation faced numerous religious & secular challenges over the next 200 years -- including evangelical religion, antebellum reforms, the Anglo-Catholic mvt., the Social gospel movt., liberal social reforms, & a rapidly shifting population within Philadelphia’s center city. Bold leadership kept the “old city” church viable until the Society Hill restorations of the 1950s ensured its preservation. Today, the church continues to play a vital role in the life of one of the nation’s most cosmopolitan, diverse cities. Illus. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995)
Archives of Old Christ Church, Philadelphia
Guide to Christ Church, Philadelphia
Building & Furnishing of Christ Church Philadelphia
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