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Southern Baptist Clergy, the Christian Right, and Political Activism in the South

James L. Guth

in Politics and Religion in the White South

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780813123639
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134758 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813123639.003.0008
Southern Baptist Clergy, the Christian Right, and Political Activism in the South

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This chapter examines the so-called “deeply conservative” ideology of Southern Baptists. It evaluates this ideology by analyzing 2000 elections in the Southern states in the U.S. from 1945 to 2000. The findings indicate that even during the era of Southern progressivism, the Social Gospel made relatively few inroads among Southern Baptist ministers and while the civil rights movement influenced the Established Church in the South it did not resonate with the bulk of white clergy and laity.

Keywords: Southern Baptists; conservative ideology; elections; Southern States; U.S.; Social Gospel; Established Church; clergy; laity

Chapter.  9774 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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