Dictionary of Heresy Trials in American Christianity

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The first of its kind, this volume presents fifty formal and informal trials of individuals and institutions that have been labeled as heretical. These are challenging stories of ministers, professors, and laypersons who literally risked their careers and lives for their understanding of religious truths. From Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson in the colonial period to the latest 1990s casualties in the Southern Baptist Convention, trials from all major periods in American History and from all the major ...

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Overview

The first of its kind, this volume presents fifty formal and informal trials of individuals and institutions that have been labeled as heretical. These are challenging stories of ministers, professors, and laypersons who literally risked their careers and lives for their understanding of religious truths. From Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson in the colonial period to the latest 1990s casualties in the Southern Baptist Convention, trials from all major periods in American History and from all the major denominations are presented by leading scholars in the study of religious history. Of interest to scholars, students, and the general religious public.

In this moving work, Catholic heretics mingle with Baptists and Mormons, female heretics are hanged and banished, and laypersons are dismissed from membership in their beloved church. Heretical professors lay the groundwork for academic freedom in the 20th century. It is evident from these essays that heretics in the American religious tradition have been among the most creative and voluminous contributors to American society. The trials they suffered were costly, but their contributions were vital. Their legacy informs present religious culture in a myriad of ways.

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Presents the stories of 50 formal or informal heresy trials from the Salem witch trials and accusations against Quaker Mary Dyer in the 17th century, to Sonia Johnson's expulsion from the Mormon Church for her support of the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s and Molly Marshall's from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1994 when extreme conservatives took over. Many of the contributors represent particular churches, but others are scholars of history, church history, or religion. They attempt objective, historical, and analytical accounts. The arrangement is alphabetical by the person or institution charged. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313296604
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/1997
  • Pages: 528
  • Lexile: 1380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

GEORGE H. SHRIVER is Professor of History and Chair, Religious Studies Minor, at Georgia Southern University.

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Table of Contents

Trials and Denominations

Preface

Introduction

The Trials

Unscientific Postscript

Appendix: Identification of Trials by Denominational Family

Selected Bibliography

Index

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