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Democratic Religion : Freedom, Authority, and Church Discipline in the Baptist South, 1785-1900.

Author: Gregory A Wills
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, USA, ©1997.
Series: Religion in America series (Oxford University Press)
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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 populists preachers who addressed their appeals to the common person. Paradoxically no denomination could wield religious authority as zealously as the Baptists. Between 1785 and 1860 they ritually  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory A Wills
ISBN: 9780195355895 019535589X
OCLC Number: 609832514
Description: 1 online resource (208 pages).
Contents: 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; Conclusion; Notes; Index.
Series Title: Religion in America series (Oxford University Press)

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No American denomination identified itself more closely with the nation's democratic ideal than the Baptists, but paradoxically, no denomination could wield religious authority as zealously. Wills  Read more...

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