By Rufus Spain,Samuel S. Hill

First released in 1967, Rufus Spain’s thorough research into Southern Baptist attitudes set the degree for learn 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 preserve following the Civil warfare. His research of denominational newspapers, in addition to experiences from the Southern Baptist conference and nation conventions, paint a compelling photo of the topics’ complacency with their social life, whilst they criticized own and leisure ethics.

While the South confronted major social, monetary, and political adjustments after the Civil struggle, faith remained the first ethical impression. 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 show the connection among Southern faith and Southern society, and his paintings monitors meticulous cognizance to the ways that we're tormented by complacency. He asserts that Southern Baptists considered the yankee South as a model of God’s perfect society; any concerns they needed to deal with have been attributable to contributors (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 severe a part of the scholarly dialogue on faith in society. Spain’s study deals a daring research of the yankee South and its electorate in the course of probably the most tumultuous occasions in its heritage whereas offering a foundation for arguments on “social Christianity” and its ever-shifting function within the world.

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