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Democratic religion : freedom, authority, and church discipline in the Baptist South, 1785-1900

Author: Gregory A Wills
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
Series: Religion in America series (Oxford University Press)
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Democracy has not always fostered anti-authoritarian individualism. No American denomination identified itself more closely with the nation's democratic ideal than the Baptists. Most antebellum southern Baptist churches allowed women and slaves to vote on membership matters and preferred populist preachers who addressed their appeals to the common person. Paradoxically, no denomination wielded religious authority as
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory A Wills
ISBN: 0195104129 9780195104127
OCLC Number: 34832653
Description: ix, 195 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Religious Authority and the Democratic Impulse --
1. Democratic Exclusivism --
2. Democracies Primitive and Pure --
3. Democratic Authority --
4. Democracy, Race, and Gender --
5. African-American Democracies --
6. Freedom, Authority, and Doctrine --
7. Associations, Creeds, and Calvinism --
8. Democratic Religion Transformed.
Series Title: Religion in America series (Oxford University Press)
Responsibility: Gregory A. Wills.
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This text focuses on the role and religious authority of the Baptists in relation to democracy in America. It examines how individualists embraced an exclusivist spirituality that continues to shape  Read more...

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Will make a significant contribution to the field of American religious history. Paul Harvey, Colorado College

 
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