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Strangers and Friends at the Welcome Table : Contemporary Christianities in the American South / James Hudnut-Beumler.

By: Hudnut-Beumler, James David [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2018]Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781469640389; 1469640384; 9781469640396; 1469640392.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Strangers and Friends at the Welcome Table : Contemporary Christianities in the American South.DDC classification: 277.5 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Introduction: Christianities in the Now South; PART I: Rock of Ages Cleft for Me: Southern Traditions Revised; 1. I Was Hungry, and You Gave Me Something to Eat: Hospitality, Scarcity, and Fear in Southern Christianity; 2. The Religion of the Lost Cause, Reloaded; 3. Rattlesnakes, Holiness, and the Nearness of the Holy Spirit; 4. Washed in the Blood in the Red States: Religion and Politics; PART II: Gulf Coast Disaster: Religion Is Only as Good as What It Does; 5. Our Church Is Cleaning Up after Katrina; 6. Mississippi Flooding.
PART III: Brand New Start: Southern Religious Innovations7. Megachurches and the Reinvention of Southern Church Life; 8. The Changing Face of the Catholic South; 9. Christian Homeschoolers; 10. Southern, Christian, and Gay; Conclusion: Southern Christianities in Harmony and Conflict; Acknowledgments; Notes; Index.
Summary: "In this fresh and fascinating chronicle of Christianity in the contemporary South, historian and minister James Hudnut-Beumler draws on extensive interviews and his own personal journeys throughout the region over the past decade to present a comprehensive portrait of the South's long-dominant religion. Hudnut-Beumler traveled to both rural and urban communities, listening to the faithful talk about their lives and beliefs. What he heard pushes hard against prevailing notions of southern Christianity as an evangelical Protestant monolith so predominant as to be unremarkable"-- Provided by publisher.
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"In this fresh and fascinating chronicle of Christianity in the contemporary South, historian and minister James Hudnut-Beumler draws on extensive interviews and his own personal journeys throughout the region over the past decade to present a comprehensive portrait of the South's long-dominant religion. Hudnut-Beumler traveled to both rural and urban communities, listening to the faithful talk about their lives and beliefs. What he heard pushes hard against prevailing notions of southern Christianity as an evangelical Protestant monolith so predominant as to be unremarkable"-- Provided by publisher.

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Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Introduction: Christianities in the Now South; PART I: Rock of Ages Cleft for Me: Southern Traditions Revised; 1. I Was Hungry, and You Gave Me Something to Eat: Hospitality, Scarcity, and Fear in Southern Christianity; 2. The Religion of the Lost Cause, Reloaded; 3. Rattlesnakes, Holiness, and the Nearness of the Holy Spirit; 4. Washed in the Blood in the Red States: Religion and Politics; PART II: Gulf Coast Disaster: Religion Is Only as Good as What It Does; 5. Our Church Is Cleaning Up after Katrina; 6. Mississippi Flooding.

PART III: Brand New Start: Southern Religious Innovations7. Megachurches and the Reinvention of Southern Church Life; 8. The Changing Face of the Catholic South; 9. Christian Homeschoolers; 10. Southern, Christian, and Gay; Conclusion: Southern Christianities in Harmony and Conflict; Acknowledgments; Notes; Index.

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Erudite, accessible, and conversational, this valuable book pursues the meaning and moment of divisive, competing visions of Christianity in the American South. Hudnut-Beumler (American religious history, Vanderbilt Univ. Divinity School) structures the book in three parts (beginning and ending with hospitality): "Rock of Ages Cleft for Me: Southern Traditions Revised," "Gulf Coast Disaster: Religion Is Only as Good as What It Does," and "Brand New Start: Southern Religious Innovations." He first analyzes the dichotomy between individual piety and collective justice as applied to poverty, regional politics, immigration, race, natural disaster response, and LGBT Christians. In the third part, he weaves together traditions, social responsibility, and innovative contemporary developments of Christianity, looking at new movements in homeschooling, Catholicism, gay-affirming congregations, and digitized megachurches. The author takes care to demonstrate religious liberty from politically opposite policies--refusing services to gay couples in Kentucky, refusing obedience to immigration laws in Alabama. Placing contemporary religion in its historical context, Hudnut-Beumler connects the broad to the particular, the past to the present and future. Though he voices the values of intellectual Northeastern liberal Protestantism, slanting the book in that direction, in the final chapter, he engages creatively with the vexing problem of religious identity and hospitality. A valuable contribution to ethics, political/cultural studies, and ecclesiology. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, professionals, general readers.--Aaron Kerr, Gannon University

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