At Ease in Zion: Social History of Southern Baptists, 1865-1900

At Ease in Zion: Social History of Southern Baptists, 1865-1900

by Rufus Spain
     
 

Groundbreaking story that analyzes the Southern Baptist denomination’s influence on southern culture during the 19th century.

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Groundbreaking story that analyzes the Southern Baptist denomination’s influence on southern culture during the 19th century.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The social patterns of the modern South are rooted in attitudes which developed following the Civil War; and one of the most important institutions which helped shape these attitudes was the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest white Protestant denomination in the South. Rufus Spain has used a great amount of matter from Baptist periodicals to show their response to social problems of the day . . . [and he] frankly admits that Baptists tended to conform to southern social patterns instead of challenging them on religious grounds.”

Journal of American History

“Without Spain’s study, we would see far less clearly how epoch-making is the recent coming to power of the so-called fundamentalist party within the Southern Baptist Convention. Several of Spain’s achievements stand out. Paramount is the clear recognition of the compatibility of Southern Baptist ways of thinking with the reigning values of the southern culture. . . . With the reissue of At Ease in Zion we are doubling back to a pioneer stage in the task of understanding the place of religion in southern culture. As we do,
we realize fresh opportunity to gain insight into the long sweep of southern religious history.”

— From the Foreword

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817350383
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Series:
Religion and American Culture Series
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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