Religion and Public Life in the Southern Crossroads: Showdown States

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Rowman Altamira, 2005 - Religion - 190 pages
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The region that has produced our last three presidents is ground zero of America's current culture wars. Comprising Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma, it is a land of borders where East meets West, South meets North, and Anglo America meets the cultures of Mexico and the Caribbean. Here, cultural and religious conflict has long been a way of life: Methodists, Baptists, Pentecostals and Catholics; Latinos, Blacks, and Native Americans all strive with and against each other around agendas of family, gender, race, and turf. Religion and Public Life in the Southern Crossroads examines the distinctive character of this region and shows how it is shaping the religious politics of America today."
 

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Contents

The Southern Crossroads Religion and Demography
27
Protestants From Denominational Controversialists to Culture Warriors
55
Holiness and Pentecostal Traditions Making the Spirit Count
79
Negotiating Catholicism Religious Identity vs Regional Citizenship
103
AfricanAmerican and NativeAmerican Religious Folk Down But Not Out
127
Conclusion Showdowns
161
Appendix
171
Bibliography
173
Index
175
Contributors
189
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William Lindsey is dean of instruction at Philander Smith College. Mark Silk is associate professor of religion in public life and founding director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College.

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