At Ease in Zion: Social History of Southern Baptists, by Rufus Spain,Samuel S. Hill

By Rufus Spain,Samuel S. Hill

First released in 1967, Rufus Spain’s thorough research into Southern Baptist attitudes set the level for examine on faith within the American South. In At Ease in Zion, Spain questions the titular “ease” with society that Southern Baptists looked as if it would retain following the Civil battle. His research of denominational newspapers, in addition to studies from the Southern Baptist conference and kingdom conventions, paint a compelling photo of the topics’ complacency with their social lifestyles, at the same time they criticized own and leisure ethics.

While the South confronted major social, financial, and political alterations after the Civil warfare, faith remained the first ethical effect. because the Southern Baptist denomination made up an important majority of the inhabitants at the moment, its leaders and attitudes had a transparent and indisputable impression on social norms. Rufus Spain used to be one of many first writers to actively exhibit the connection among Southern faith and Southern society, and his paintings screens meticulous recognition to the ways that we're stricken by complacency. He asserts that Southern Baptists considered the yankee South as a model of God’s excellent society; any matters they wanted to deal with have been as a result of participants (such as those that didn't agree to societal norms) or exterior attitudes (such as these in differing religions or regions).

At Ease in Zion is a serious a part of the scholarly dialogue on faith in society. Spain’s study bargains a daring research of the yankee South and its electorate in the course of probably the most tumultuous instances in its historical past whereas delivering a foundation for arguments on “social Christianity” and its ever-shifting position within the world.

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