Getting Right With God: Southern Baptists and Desegregation, 1945-1995

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This groundbreaking study finds Southern Baptists more diverse in their attitudes toward segregation than previously assumed.

 

Focusing on the eleven states of the old Confederacy, Getting Right with God examines the evolution of Southern Baptists' attitudes toward African Americans during a tumultuous period of change in the United States. Mark Newman not only offers an in-depth analysis of Baptist institutions from the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and state ...

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Overview

This groundbreaking study finds Southern Baptists more diverse in their attitudes toward segregation than previously assumed.

 

Focusing on the eleven states of the old Confederacy, Getting Right with God examines the evolution of Southern Baptists' attitudes toward African Americans during a tumultuous period of change in the United States. Mark Newman not only offers an in-depth analysis of Baptist institutions from the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and state conventions to colleges and churches but also probes beyond these by examining the response of pastors and lay people to changing race relations.

 

The SBC long held that legal segregation was in line with biblical teachings, but after the Supreme Court's 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision in favor of desegregating public institutions, some Southern Baptists found an inconsistency in their basic beliefs. Newman identifies three major blocs of Baptist opinion about race relations: a hard-line segregationist minority that believed God had ordained slavery in the Bible; a more moderate majority that accepted the prevailing social order of racial segregation; and a progressive group of lay people, pastors, and denominational leaders who criticized and ultimately rejected discrimination as contrary to biblical teachings.

 

According to Newman, the efforts of the progressives to appeal to Baptists' primary commitments and the demise of de jure segregation caused many moderate and then hard-line segregationists to gradually relinquish their views, leading to the 1995 apology by the Southern Baptist Convention for its complicity in slavery and racism. Comparing Southern Baptists to other major white denominations, Newman concludes that lay Baptists differed little from other white southerners in their response to segregation.

 

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In this historical study of race and the postwar Southern Baptist Convention, Newman argues that most white Southern Baptists were "moderates" on racial issues; they supported de jure segregation, because their primary concern was obeying the law, then slowly changed after court decisions and new legislation mandated desegregation. On either side were vocal minorities: hard-line segregationists argued that biblical Christianity required a total separation of the races, while progressive Baptists criticized racist policies as contrary to Christ's example. This is a solid, if pedestrian, study; the prose is forthright and the book's organization efficient, though a bit uninspired. (Nov. 15) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817357375
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Series: Religion & American Culture Series
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Newman is Professor of American Studies at the University of Derby, UK.

 

 

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 The Southern Baptist Convention and African Americans, 1845-1944 1
2 An Overview: Southern Baptists and Desegregation, 1945-1971 20
3 The Sociology of Religion and Social Change 35
4 Southern Baptists and the Biblical Defense of Segregation 48
5 Progressive Southern Baptists and Civil Rights 65
6 Public School Desegregation 87
7 Law and Order 110
8 "The Great Commission": Evangelism at Home and Abroad 129
9 The Variety of the Southern Baptist Experience in Desegregation 150
10 The Major White Denominations and Race Relations, 1945-1971 168
11 An Overview: Southern Baptists and African Americans, 1972-1995 191
12 Conclusion 205
App Baptist State Convention Newspapers: Circulation 211
Notes 213
Bibliography 261
Index 275
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