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Uneasy in Babylon : Southern Baptist conservatives and American culture
Hankins, Barry, 1956-
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Tuscaloosa, Ala. : University of Alabama Press, [2002]

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x, 344 pages ; 24 cm.
Moving off the plantation : Southern Baptist conservatives become American evangelicals -- "The war of the worlds" : Southern Baptist conservatives as culture warriors -- From Christianity today to World magazine : Southern Baptist conservatives take their stand in Louisville -- The search for a useable past : religious liberty in a hostile culture -- Using a useable past : church-state positions -- No one has been shot yet : Southern Baptists and the abortion controversy -- Graciously submissive : Southern Baptist conservatives and women -- Conservatives can be progressive too : Southern Baptist conservatives and race.
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The first book-length interpretation of the new conservative leaders of America's largest Protestant denomination.

Uneasy in Babylon is based on extensive interviews with the most important Southern Baptist conservatives who have assumed control of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Known to many Americans from their appearances on national TV talk shows, such as Larry King Live and Fox News , they advocate a return to traditional values throughout the country. Hankins shows how differing cultural perceptions help explain the great chasm that developed between fundamentalists in the SBC and the moderates who preceded them as leaders of the denomination.

Author Notes

Barry Hankins is Associate Professor of History and Church-State Studies at Baylor University.

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Library Journal Review

In examining the recent developments in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), Hankins (history, Baylor Univ.) suggests how much things have changed since Rufus B. Spain wrote At Ease in Zion: A Social History of Southern Baptists, 1865-1900 (Vanderbilt Univ., 1967). While Spain discussed the close moral and political affinity between Southern Baptists and Southern culture, Hankins reveals that Southern Baptists now see themselves at odds with current American culture in all parts of the country. This has led to a hardening of positions. Hankins provides a detailed account of the recent takeover of SBC by its most conservative members, who see themselves as cultural warriors combating a decadent society. Various chapters discuss the denomination's positions on abortion, women, church and state issues, and racism. The author is sympathetic and fair, though he espouses a more moderate approach to many issues. A good look at current trends in this the largest Protestant denomination in America, this is recommended for public and academic libraries. C. Robert Nixon, MLS, Lafayette, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Hankins (Baylor Univ.) has become an expert on the conservatives in the Southern Baptist Convention. His previous work, God's Rascal (CH, Feb'97), is the definitive biography on J. Frank Norris, the Southern Baptists' most famous Fundamentalist. Hankins has now produced a work that brings more of the thoughts, practices, and culture of Southern Baptist conservatives to light. Based on interviews with some of the most well known conservatives in modern Southern Baptist life, this book concentrates on how differing perspectives on culture led to the rift between conservatives and moderates, culminating in the most divisive controversy that Southern Baptists have ever endured. The first scholarly book written exclusively about the conservatives in the Southern Baptist Convention, this is a "must-read" for Baptist historians. College and divinity school libraries should purchase this book. It would be a great monograph for use in a Baptist history or American religious history survey class. G. Jonas Campbell University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
1. Moving off the Plantation: Southern Baptist Conservatives become American Evangelicalsp. 14
2. "The War of the Worlds": Southern Baptist Conservatives as Culture Warriorsp. 41
3. From Christianity Today to World Magazine: Southern Baptist Conservatives Take Their Stand in Louisvillep. 74
4. The Search for a Useable Past: Religious Liberty in a Hostile Culturep. 107
5. Using a Useable Past: Church-State Positionsp. 139
6. No One Has Been Shot Yet: Southern Baptists and the Abortion Controversyp. 165
7. Graciously Submissive: Southern Baptist Conservatives and Womenp. 200
8. Conservatives Can Be Progressive Too: Southern Baptist Conservatives and Racep. 240
Conclusionp. 272
Notesp. 279
Bibliographyp. 317
Indexp. 333