New PDF release: Avenues of Faith: Shaping the Urban Religious Culture of

By Samuel C. Shepherd Jr

Avenues of Faith files how faith flourished in southern towns after the flip of the century and the way a cadre of clergy and laity created a significantly revolutionary spiritual tradition in Richmond, the bastion of the outdated South. well-known because the former capital of the Confederacy, Richmond emerges as a dynamic and transforming into commercial urban invigorated through the social activism of its Protestants.

By studying six mainline white denominations-Episcopalians, Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists, Disciples of Christ, and Lutherans-Samuel C. Shepherd Jr. emphasizes the level to which town fostered non secular variety, while "blind spots" remained in regard to Catholics, African american citizens, Mormons, and Jews. Shepherd explores such themes as evangelism, interdenominational cooperation, the temperance crusade, the Sunday institution circulation, the foreign peace tasks, and the increasing position of lay humans of either sexes. He additionally notes the community's frequent rejection of fundamentalism, a non secular phenomenon nearly immediately linked to the South, and exhibits the way it nurtured social reform to wrestle a bunch of city difficulties linked to public overall healthiness, schooling, housing, women's suffrage, prohibition, childrens, and prisons.

In lucid prose and with very good use of fundamental assets, Shepherd supplies a clean portrait of Richmond Protestants who embraced switch and reworked their group, making it an lively, revolutionary non secular middle of the recent South.

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