Uneasy in Babylon: Southern Baptist Conservatives and American Culture

Uneasy in Babylon: Southern Baptist Conservatives and American Culture

Paperback Religion and American Culture (University of Alabama)

By (author) Barry Hankins, Other adaptation by David Edwin Harrell, Other adaptation by Wayne Flynt, Other adaptation by Edith L. Blumhofer

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  • Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
  • Format: Paperback | 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 229mm x 27mm | 526g
  • Publication date: 31 January 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Alabama
  • ISBN 10: 0817350810
  • ISBN 13: 9780817350819
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition

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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.

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"This richly detailed and closely narrated work is a fascinating study of key figures in the bitter struggle from 1979 to the 1990s for control of the nation's largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention.... [It is] a unique work and essential reading for those interested in contemporary 'culture wars.' " - Paul Harvey, Religious Studies Review; "Hankins is going against the common notion that SBC conservatives are reasserting the southernness (read racism, patriarchy, and general backwardness) of the SBC. By examining the development and thinking of specific conservative leaders, such as Albert Mohler, Richard Land, and Adrian Rodgers, Hankins is able to demonstrate that important influences upon them were neither southern nor Baptist, but more broadly national and evangelical." - The Journal of Southern Religion Reviews; "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." - Choice; "A fair and first-rate account." - Douglas Abrams, Georgia Historical Quarterly"