Democratic Religion Transformed

Gregory A. Wills

in Democratic Religion

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780195160994
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849574 | DOI:

Series: Religion in America

Democratic Religion Transformed

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This chapter discusses the decline of Southern Baptist church discipline. By the 1920s, Southern Baptist church discipline had disappeared. Although a few isolated churches kept up the practice well into the 1940s, the fate of Southern Baptist discipline had more-or-less been sealed by 1900. Southern Baptists transformed their heritage of communal authority and relinquished the right to judge the moral behavior of individuals. Democratic religion took on new meaning after this time.

Keywords: Southern Baptists; democratic religion; democratic discipline; moral behavior

Chapter.  10064 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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