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Strangers in Zion : Fundamentalists in the South 1900-1950

By author: William R. Glass
Product Code: H568
ISBN: 9780865547568
Product Format: Hardback
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In Strangers in Zion: Fundamentalists in the South, 1900-1950 William R. Glass tells the story of the growth of Protestant fundamentalism in the American South and the subsequent conflicts between different branches of the movement. Glass argues that despite the generally conservative character of Southern society and religion, fundamentalists during 1900-1950 had difficulty making a home for themselves in the South, although they did gain a foothold through building a network of conferences, churches, and schools. These institutions, though, provoked the first sustained reaction by other Southern denominations against the fundamentalist presence in their midst. In these same years, a theologically liberal faction of ministers and administrators within mainstream southern denominations began to take a prominent role. The result was the introduction of fundamentalist controversy among Southern Protestants as fundamentalists fought to lessen liberal influence. These battles, particularly those among Southern Baptists and Southern Presbyterians, fostered the establishment of ongoing factions determined to resist and reverse the penetration of liberal theologies in their churches. In this way, Glass points to the origins of the current crisis among Baptists in the South as being much earlier than anyone else has suggested. "Strangers in Zion: Fundamentalists in the South, 1900-1950 succeeds in adding to our scholarly appreciation of the variety of fundamentalisms, in this case a richly developed portrait of a regional fundamentalism with much in common with others nationally but still distinctive. It is valuable in uncovering the roots of the contemporary Fundamentalist movement, in which—unlike earlier—the South has played the crucial role. This study will find a ready market among historians of American religion and those interested in understanding contemporary religious patterns."—Charles Reagan Wilson, University of Mississippi
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