From Mounds to Megachurches: Georgia's Religious Heritage

From Mounds to Megachurches: Georgia's Religious Heritage

by David S. Williams

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Overview

In From Mounds to Megachurches David S. Williams offers a sweeping overview of the role religion has played in Georgia's history, from precolonial days to the modern era.

Williams shows that colonial Georgia was a remarkably diverse place, populated by mainline colonial congregations that included Anglicans, Roman Catholics, German- and Spanish-speaking Jews, Salzburg Lutherans, and Scottish Presbyterians. It wasn't until much later that evangelicalism triumphed and Baptists became the overwhelmingly dominant denomination. Williams uses the stories of such important figures as Tomochichi, John Wesley, Jesse Mercer, Henry McNeal Turner, Lillian Smith, Martin Luther King Jr., and Clarence Jordan to portray larger historical narratives and denominational battles.

Race and religion were intertwined not only in such key movements as abolition and civil rights but also throughout Georgia's history. "In order to fully grasp the religious heritage of Georgia," Williams says, "we must return again and again to racial matters." Recently, Georgians have seen racial, ethnic, and religious diversity grow as Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Baha'i, and other communities have settled in the state. Williams explores how Georgians have dealt with contemporary issues of tolerance and how, at times, the state has taken center stage in our nation's culture wars.

Firmly rooting religious history in a social, cultural, and political context, Williams presents a representative and balanced account of Georgia's religious heritage. From Mounds to Megachurches sheds new light on what it means to be a Georgian by exploring an issue that remains central to life in the Sunbelt South.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820337838
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 04/15/2011
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

DAVID S. WILLIAMS is director of the Honors Program and Meigs Professor of Religion at the University of Georgia, where he has taught since 1989. He is the author of two previous books in religious studies.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments

Prologue
Chapter One. Before Georgia
Chapter Two. Seeds Are Sown
Chapter Three. God Is Calling Ev'ry Nation
Chapter Four. The Crucible of Slavery
Chapter Five. A Racial Pas De Deux
Chapter Six. In the Shadow of Jim Crow
Chapter Seven. Things Are Stirring
Chapter Eight. Culture and Worship Wars
Epilogue

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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