Uneasy in Babylon

Uneasy in Babylon is based on extensive interviews with the most important Southern Baptist conservatives who have wrested control of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) away from moderates.

Author: Barry Hankins

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 9780817311421

Category: Religion

Page: 344

View: 347

Download →

Uneasy in Babylon is based on extensive interviews with the most important Southern Baptist conservatives who have wrested control of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) away from moderates. Known to many Americans from their appearances on national TV talk shows, such as Larry King Live, they advocate a return to traditional values throughout the country. As these self-professed culture warriors believe, women should be submissive to their husbands, Disney World should be boycotted because of its tacit support of homosexuality, and multiculturalism is tolling a death knell for the American way of life.
Posted in:

Fundamentalism and American Culture

Barry Hankins, Uneasy in Babylon: Southern Baptist Conservatives and American Culture (Tuscaloosa, AL, 2002). Nancy Taton Ammerman, Baptist Battles: Social Change and Religious Conflict in the Southern Baptist Convention (New Brunswick, ...

Author: George M. Marsden

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195345827

Category: Social Science

Page: 468

View: 765

Download →

Many American's today are taking note of the surprisingly strong political force that is the religious right. Controversial decisions by the government are met with hundreds of lobbyists, millions of dollars of advertising spending, and a powerful grassroots response. How has the fundamentalist movement managed to resist the pressures of the scientific community and the draw of modern popular culture to hold on to their ultra-conservative Christian views? Understanding the movement's history is key to answering this question. Fundamentalism and American Culture has long been considered a classic in religious history, and to this day remains unsurpassed. Now available in a new edition, this highly regarded analysis takes us through the full history of the origin and direction of one of America's most influential religious movements. For Marsden, fundamentalists are not just religious conservatives; they are conservatives who are willing to take a stand and to fight. In Marsden's words (borrowed by Jerry Falwell), "a fundamentalist is an evangelical who is angry about something." In the late nineteenth century American Protestantism was gradually dividing between liberals who were accepting new scientific and higher critical views that contradicted the Bible and defenders of the more traditional evangelicalism. By the 1920s a full-fledged "fundamentalist" movement had developed in protest against theological changes in the churches and changing mores in the culture. Building on networks of evangelists, Bible conferences, Bible institutes, and missions agencies, fundamentalists coalesced into a major protest movement that proved to have remarkable staying power. For this new edition, a major new chapter compares fundamentalism since the 1970s to the fundamentalism of the 1920s, looking particularly at the extraordinary growth in political emphasis and power of the more recent movement. Never has it been more important to understand the history of fundamentalism in our rapidly polarizing nation. Marsen's carefully researched and engrossing work remains the best way to do just that.
Posted in:

The Southern Baptist Convention Civil Rights 1954 1995

Southern Baptists and Northern Evangelicals: Cultural Factors and the Nature of Religious Alliances.” Religion and American Culture 7 (1997) 271–98. ———. Uneasy in Babylon: Southern Baptist Conservatives and American Culture.

Author: David Roach

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781666717488

Category: Religion

Page: 194

View: 365

Download →

According to conventional wisdom, theological liberals led the Southern Baptist Convention to reject segregation and racism in the twentieth century. That’s only half the story. Liberals criticized segregation before mainstream Southern Baptists. They created racially integrated ministry opportunities. They pressed the Southern Baptist Convention to reject segregation. Yet historians have discounted the role of conservative theology in the convention’s shift away from racial segregation and prejudice. This book chronicles how conservative theology proved remarkably compatible with efforts toward racial justice in America’s largest Protestant denomination between 1954 and 1995. At times conservative theology was even a catalyst for rejecting racial prejudice. Efforts to eradicate racism and segregation were, in fact, least successful when they appealed to the social gospel or appeared to draw from liberal theology.
Posted in:

Southern Baptists Evangelicals and the Future of Denominationalism

Individual Southern Baptists have never been aloof of Evangelicalism. ... 34 Barry Hankins, Uneasy in Babylon: Southern Baptist Conservatives and American Culture, Religion and American Culture (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, ...

Author: David S. Dockery

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781433673429

Category: Religion

Page: 336

View: 452

Download →

Are church denominations necessary; do they even have a future? Such questions are explored in Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Future of Denominationalism, based on a conference of the same name held at Union University where Evangelical and Southern Baptist scholars addressed challenging issues of theology, polity, and practice. Contributors include: Ed Stetzer ("Denominationalism: Is There a Future?") James Patterson ("Reflections on 400 Years of the Baptist Movement") Harry L. Poe ("The Gospel and Its Meaning") Timothy George ("Baptists and Their Relations with Other Christians") Duane Liftin ("The Future of American Evangelicalism") Ray Van Neste ("Pastoral Ministry in Southern Baptist and Evangelical Life") Mark DeVine ("Emergent or Emerging") Daniel Akin ("The Future of the Southern Baptist Convention") Michael Lindsay ("The Changing Religious Landscape in North America") Jerry Tidwell ("Missions and Evangelism") David S. Dockery ("So Many Denominations") Nathan Finn ("Passing on the Faith to the Next Generation") R. Albert Mohler Jr. (title essay)
Posted in:

From Bible Belt to Sunbelt Plain Folk Religion Grassroots Politics and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism

Glass, William R. Strangers in Zion: Fundamentalists in the South, 1900–1950. ... Enemies Within: The Culture of Conspiracy in Modern America. ... Uneasy in Babylon: Southern Baptist Conservatives and American Culture.

Author: Darren Dochuk

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393079279

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 605

Download →

A sweeping, five-decade history of the evangelical movement in southern California that explains an epochal realignment of American politics. From Bible Belt to Sun Belt tells the dramatic and largely unknown story of “plain-folk” religious migrants: hardworking men and women from Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas who fled the Depression and came to California for military jobs during World War II. Investigating this fiercely pious community at a grassroots level, Darren Dochuk uses the stories of religious leaders, including Billy Graham, as well as many colorful, lesser-known figures to explain how evangelicals organized a powerful political machine. This machine made its mark with Barry Goldwater, inspired Richard Nixon’s “Southern Solution,” and achieved its greatest triumph with the victories of Ronald Reagan. Based on entirely new research, the manuscript has already won the prestigious Allan Nevins Prize from the Society of American Historians. The judges wrote, “Dochuk offers a rich and multidimensional perspective on the origins of one of the most far-ranging developments of the second half of the twentieth century: the rise of the New Right and modern conservatism.”
Posted in:

The Long Southern Strategy

“ Ronald Reagan's Ascent to Office Paralleled Rise of Religious Right , " Baptist News Global , June 7 ... Barry Hankins , Uneasy in Babylon : Southern Baptist Conservatives and American Culture ( Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama ...

Author: Angie Maxwell

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190265984

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

View: 290

Download →

The Southern Strategy was but one in a series of decisions the GOP made not just on race, but on feminism and religion as well, in what Angie Maxwell and Todd Shields call the "Long Southern Strategy." The Southern Strategy is traditionally understood as a Goldwater and Nixon-era effort by the Republican Party to win over disaffected white voters in the Democratic stronghold of the American South. To realign these voters with the GOP, the party abandoned its past support for civil rights and used racially coded language to capitalize on southern white racial angst. However, that decision was but one in a series of decisions the GOP made not just on race, but on feminism and religion as well, in what Angie Maxwell and Todd Shields call the "Long Southern Strategy." In the wake of Second-Wave Feminism, the GOP dropped the Equal Rights Amendment from its platform and promoted traditional gender roles in an effort to appeal to anti-feminist white southerners, particularly women. And when the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention became increasingly fundamentalist and politically active, the GOP tied its fate to the Christian Right. With original, extensive data on national and regional opinions and voting behavior, Maxwell and Shields show why all three of those decisions were necessary for the South to turn from blue to red. To make inroads in the South, however, GOP politicians not only had to take these positions, but they also had to sell them with a southern "accent." Republicans embodied southern white culture by emphasizing an "us vs. them" outlook, preaching absolutes, accusing the media of bias, prioritizing identity over the economy, encouraging defensiveness, and championing a politics of retribution. In doing so, the GOP nationalized southern white identity, rebranded itself to the country at large, and fundamentally altered the vision and tone of American politics.
Posted in:

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

ism through interdenominational ministries such as Dallas Theological Seminary; conservatives taking degrees at ... of Southern Fundamentalism (1996), Uneasy in Babylon: Southern Baptist Conservatives and American Culture (2002); David ...

Author: Samuel S. Hill

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807877166

Category: Reference

Page: 272

View: 836

Download →

Evangelical Protestant groups have dominated religious life in the South since the early nineteenth century. Even as the conservative Protestantism typically associated with the South has risen in social and political prominence throughout the United States in recent decades, however, religious culture in the South itself has grown increasingly diverse. The region has seen a surge of immigration from other parts of the United States as well as from Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East, bringing increased visibility to Catholicism, Islam, and Asian religions in the once solidly Protestant Christian South. In this volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, contributors have revised entries from the original Encyclopedia on topics ranging from religious broadcasting to snake handling and added new entries on such topics as Asian religions, Latino religion, New Age religion, Islam, Native American religion, and social activism. With the contributions of more than 60 authorities in the field--including Paul Harvey, Loyal Jones, Wayne Flynt, and Samuel F. Weber--this volume is an accessibly written, up-to-date reference to religious culture in the American South.
Posted in:

All According to God s Plan

Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation 7, no. 2 (Summer 1997): 271– 98. ———. Uneasy in Babylon: Southern Baptist Conservatives and American Culture. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 2002.

Author: Alan Scot Willis

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813188744

Category: Religion

Page: 280

View: 360

Download →

Southern Baptists had long considered themselves a missionary people, but when, after World War II, they embarked on a dramatic expansion of missionary efforts, they confronted headlong the problem of racism. Believing that racism hindered their evangelical efforts, the Convention's full-time missionaries and mission board leaders attacked racism as unchristian, thus finding themselves at odds with the pervasive racist and segregationist ideologies that dominated the South. This progressive view of race stressed the biblical unity of humanity, encompassing all races and transcending specific ethnic divisions. In All According to God's Plan, Alan Scot Willis explores these beliefs and the chasm they created within the Convention. He shows how, in the post-World War II era, the most respected members of the Southern Baptists Convention publicly challenged the most dearly held ideologies of the white South.
Posted in:

America s Religions

Uneasy in Babylon: Southern Baptist Conservatives and American Culture. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2002. Harrell, David Edwin, Jr., ed. Varieties of Southern Evangelicalism. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 1981.

Author: Peter W. Williams

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252075513

Category: Religion

Page: 658

View: 810

Download →

A panoramic introduction to religion in America, newly revised and updated
Posted in:

The Cross and Reaganomics

... Battles: Social Change and Religious Conflict in the Southern Baptist Convention (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1990), and Barry Hankins, Uneasy in Babylon: Southern Baptist Conservatives and American Culture ...

Author: Eric R. Crouse

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739182222

Category: History

Page: 204

View: 177

Download →

In this book, Crouse offers important insights on why Reaganomics was a major reason conservative Christians supported Reagan at the polls. They embraced and tapped into the traditional American values of individual opportunity, personal responsibility, and human freedom—all themes they believed were front and center in Reaganomics.
Posted in: