Cover

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Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Preface

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pp. ix-xviii

I did not grow up in a Southern Baptist home. My hometown, Cleburne, Texas, certainly had its share of Baptists, my best friend s family among them. When we were kids, I visited his church from time to time, duly noting the differences between it and my family's church, and saw little reason to switch...

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Introduction: Terms of Existence for Southern Baptists in the Twentieth Century

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pp. 1-7

While a consideration of dissent must involve the mind of the protesters, it must also delve more broadly into the theological understandings of persons on both sides of several arguments within Southern Baptist life. These understandings grew out of the culture created by people who developed Southern...

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1. Religion and Culture in the Baptist South: At Work in the Fields of the Lord

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pp. 8-22

Born in 1845 of the conflict that tore apart several Protestant denominations in the United States, the struggle between North and South over the issue of slavery, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) became the ecclesiastical structure, if a loose one, with which many of the South s most conservative...

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2. Fellowship of Kindred Minds: Foundations of a Genealogy of Dissident Southern Baptists

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pp. 23-47

Precursors of the genealogy of dissent among Southern Baptists were small in number, but rich in variety, nature, and motivation. Furthermore, as was true of support in the South for the social gospel itself, the origins of progressive dissent among Southern Baptists were never purely...

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3. "Who Is Their God? Where Were Their Voices?": Southern Baptist Dissenters and Civil Rights

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pp. 48-81

In direct contrast to the denomination as a whole, Southern Baptist dissenters took their boldest, riskiest stands on issues of civil rights for southern African Americans. Their expressions of how they understood themselves and their relationships with each other tell a great deal about the modern...

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4. An Appetite for Justice: Peace, Reconciliation, and Southern Baptist Dissenters

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pp. 82-113

"Southern Baptists" and "peace activism" are expressions that are seldom linked. When the United States has needed military personnel, the South has stood ready to supply more than its share of volunteers and draftees with Baptists representing high percentages of the total. The denomination itself...

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5. Community and Faithfulness: A Genealogy of Dissident Southern Baptist Women

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pp. 114-141

Most members of the first three generations of the family of progressive Southern Baptist dissidents were males whose networks provided a measure of emotional support in the absence of the relationships that traditional pastors and laypeople received from Southern Baptist institutional life...

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6. The "Return" of Southern Baptist Fundamentalists: The Other Dissenters

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pp. 142-161

Martha Gilmore and other progressive Southern Baptists were not alone in paying attention to the unorthodox stands of Blake Smith and Carlyle Marney in Austin in the 1950s. A fellow student and good friend of her husband Jerry at the University of Texas school, Paul Pressler, also paid careful attention to...

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7. Conclusion: The Ways of Being Baptist

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pp. 162-170

Progressive Southern Baptists had always prompted a range of responses among their more traditional brothers and sisters. Some moderate Southern Baptists absolutely hated what the progressives said and did, while others, for a variety of reasons, actually admired them but chose not to emulate...

Notes

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pp. 171-203

Bibliography

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pp. 204-220

Index

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pp. 221-230