Posted: May 03, 2015 2:16 pm
by nunnington
You could argue that the feudal era was the peak of Christianity, but I think the various bourgeois revolutions led to new forms, e.g. nonconformism. Thus, Cromwell harnessed religion to his cause. There were later Christian developments, e.g. evangelicalism, which gripped part of the Victorian middle class, see for example, Middlemarch for a view of that by an atheist (Eliot). And surely, in the US, Christianity has been an important middle-class identity.