Alabama Baptists: Southern Baptists in the Heart of Dixie / Edition 2

Alabama Baptists: Southern Baptists in the Heart of Dixie / Edition 2

by Wayne Flynt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0817352821

ISBN-13: 9780817352820

Pub. Date: 10/09/2005

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

Alabama Baptists are a complex people. Although regarded as conservative in both politics and theology, many Baptists became leaders of the 1890s agrarian revolt, devoted partisans of the social gospel early in the 20th century, and ardent advocates of the New Deal. Complexity has also characterized the denomination's race relations. For nearly five decades half

Overview

Alabama Baptists are a complex people. Although regarded as conservative in both politics and theology, many Baptists became leaders of the 1890s agrarian revolt, devoted partisans of the social gospel early in the 20th century, and ardent advocates of the New Deal. Complexity has also characterized the denomination's race relations. For nearly five decades half its members were slaves, while many other members owned slaves. Thus, interaction of black and white Baptists created a unique religious setting in which people who were members of the same churches interpreted the gospel of liberation in dramatically different ways. After the Civil War, Baptist churches in the South divided into white and black congregations. Only white congregations remained part of the Southern Baptist Convention, whose members are known as Southern Baptists. Black congregations became part of the National Baptist Convention, and their history is a separate story deserving future study.

Despite social and cultural conflict Alabama Baptists helped tame a chaotic frontier, sustained a sense of community, created opportunities not available in secular society, shaped Alabama politics, and obtained religious dominance seldom matched in U.S. history.

Wayne Flynt's balanced, exhaustively researched book is the first about Alabama Baptists to be written by a professional historian.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817352820
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
10/09/2005
Series:
Religion and American Culture Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
760
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.90(d)

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