Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making a Sanctified World / Edition 1

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Overview

The Church of God in Christ (COGIC), an African American Pentecostal denomination founded in 1896, has become the largest Pentecostal denomination in the United States today. In this first major study of the church, Anthea Butler examines the religious and social lives of the women in the COGIC Women's Department from its founding in 1911 through the mid-1960s. She finds that the sanctification, or spiritual purity, that these women sought earned them social power both in the church and in the black community.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Butler narrates a complex story . . . with economy and focus. . . . [She] commands her subject."--Journal of American History

"A creative denominational history skillfully framed in the context of African American religious and social history. . . . A welcomed addition to the growing literature on African American Pentecostal traditions, and it promises to be a staple for years to come."--Journal of Southern History

"Recommended."--CHOICE

"Aptly demonstrat[ed]. . . . Anthea Butler examines female leadership in the Women's Department of the Church of God in Christ and the significance of church mothers in the historically African American denomination."--The Journal of Southern Religion

"Butler's book is an indispensable read. . . .[A] well-written and closely argued volume."--Florida Historical Quarterly

"Probing, insightful, and highly informative, and provides multifaceted portrayals of the roles and perspectives of COGIC women. . . . An excellent scholarly resource, and will likely serve as the foundation for a number of other related studies."--Pneuma

"Butler's enlightening narrative of [black 'church mothers'] deserves wide reading."--Journal of the American Academy of Religion

"Expertly presents the tales of these leaders. . . . Rich in scholarly detail, yet accessible to a wide audience, Butler's book refines and furthers not one, but many pertinent discussions surrounding the various groups in this admirable study."--H-Net

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807858080
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 9/3/2007
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 742,632
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthea D. Butler is associate professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
Motherhood     11
Calling     32
Migration     55
Prohibitions     75
Education     96
Civics     117
Conventions     135
Epilogue     157
Notes     167
Bibliography     183
Index     193
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