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A. J. Tomlinson: Plainfolk Modernist

Roger Glenn Robins


This book explores the life of Ambrose Jessup Tomlinson, chronicling his childhood and family life, spiritual journey, missionary work, and his role in establishing the Church of God. Its main objective is to reconcile the holiness-pentecostal tradition to its origins, and the trajectory of its subsequent history. The term “plainfolk modernist” is coined, to suggest that both Tomlinson and the world he inhabited expressed a vibrant strain of modernism, though voiced in the idioms of American plainfolk culture.

Keywords: Ambrose Jessup Tomlinson, Church of God, missionary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195165913
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195165918.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger Glenn Robins, author
Marymount College