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Mississippi PrayingSouthern White Evangelicals and the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1975$
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Carolyn Renée Dupont

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814708415

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814708415.001.0001

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Race and the Restructuring of American Religion

Race and the Restructuring of American Religion

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(p.199) 9 Race and the Restructuring of American Religion
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Mississippi Praying
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Carolyn Renée Dupont

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814708415.003.0010

This chapter argues that the racial outbursts of the mid-twentieth century created a religious disorder that revolved around the meanings and demands of the faith. Those eager to preserve segregation claim that integrationists promoted flawed conceptions of the Gospel that ensued from misguided readings of the Bible. True Bible believers, they argue, focus on soul winning and not civil rights activity. This conservative insistence on evangelism, sustained by biblical literalism, serves as an effective weapon to subvert the religious critique of segregation from within the Protestant traditions. Meanwhile, the enemies of white supremacy deploy spiritual truth drawn from broader biblical readings, relying on doctrines like the brotherhood of man, the fatherhood of God, and the example of Jesus. Ultimately, most evangelicals did make one religious adjustment as a result of the civil rights turmoil'adding “racism” to the catalogue of sins that a Christian should renounce.

Keywords:   segregation, integration, Gospel, Bible, civil rights, conservative evangelism, white supremacy, biblical literalism, racism

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