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Appalachian Mountain Religion : A HISTORY - Deborah McCauley

Appalachian Mountain Religion


Paperback Published: 1st March 1995
ISBN: 9780252064142
Number Of Pages: 584

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   "A monumental achievement. . . . Certainly the best thing written
        on Appalachian Religion and one of the best works on the region itself.
        Deborah McCauley has made a winning argument that Appalachian religion
        is a true and authentic counter-stream to modern mainstream Protestant
        religion." -- Loyal Jones, founding director of the Appalachian Center
        at Berea College
      Appalachian Mountain Religion is much more than a narrowly focused
        look at the religion of a region. Within this largest regional and widely
        diverse religious tradition can be found the strings that tie it to all
        of American religious history. The fierce drama between American Protestantism
        and Appalachian mountain religion has been played out for nearly two hundred
        years; the struggle between piety and reason, between the heart and the
        head, has echoes reaching back even further--from Continental Pietism
        and the Scots-Irish of western Scotland and Ulster to Colonial Baptist
        revival culture and plain-folk camp-meeting religion.
      Deborah Vansau McCauley places Appalachian mountain religion squarely
        at the center of American religious history, depicting the interaction
        and dramatic conflicts between it and the denominations that comprise
        the Protestant "mainstream." She clarifies the tradition histories
        and symbol systems of the area's principally oral religious culture, its
        worship practices and beliefs, further illuminating the clash between
        mountain religion and the "dominant religious culture" of the
        United States. This clash has helped to shape the course of American religious
      The explorations in Appalachian Mountain Religion range from Puritan
        theology to liberation theology, from Calvinism to the Holiness-Pentecostal
        movements. Within that wide realm and in the ongoing contention over religious
        values, the many strains of American religious history can be heard.

Industry Reviews

"No scholar of [mountain] culture, or of contemporary American regionalism, can afford to overlook this work... Students of American religious history and of folk culture should welcome McCauley's sensitive explication of traditionality in faith." -- Jordan Heckscher, American Studies International "In this remarkably comprehensive history of Appalachian Mountain religion, McCauley argues persuasively that mountain religion is not so much a 'counter' to mainstream Protestantism and Catholicism as an equally central American religious tradition with equally deep roots and radically different religious values -- values including humility, tolerance, integrity, and consensus, which are of particular importance today." -- ALA Booklist. "Should be required reading for all who would too quickly adopt a unitary label of 'southern evangelicalism.'" -- Religious Studies Review

Introductionp. 1
Mountain Religious Life, Mountain Religious History: Redolence and Beginningsp. 45
Brother Callaway of Avery Countyp. 49
Emma Bell Miles and "The Old-time Religion"p. 80
The New Salem Association of Old Regular Baptists, org. 1825p. 90
"We Believed in the Family and the Old Regular Baptist Church"p. 101
Baptists, Methodists, and the Radical Decline of Religious Experience, 1825-27p. 113
Old Father Nash and Charles Grandison Finney: A Parting of the Ways, 1825-27p. 126
Roots of Mountain Religiosityp. 143
Mountain Religion and Denominationalism: Campbell, Hooker, and Albanesep. 147
Pietism, Pietists, and Holiness Peoplep. 156
Scots-Irish Religiosity and Revivalismp. 168
The Baptist Revival and the Power of Self-Definitionp. 201
Methodism in Appalachia: A Clash of Religious Valuesp. 238
The Independent Holiness Churchp. 255
Mountain Religion and the Holiness-Pentecostal Movementsp. 259
How an Independent Holiness Church Became a Major Denominationp. 276
Brother Coy Miserp. 311
The Home Mission to "Mountain Whites"p. 339
"Mr. Schermerhorn's Statement"p. 345
"In the Brush"p. 371
A Christian America and the Appalachian "Problem"p. 392
Elizabeth Hooker and Brother Terry Galloway: On the Same Side of the Mountainp. 417
Appalachia's "Victims" and Their "Liberators" Todayp. 442
Afterword: As the Pieces Begin to Fall into Placep. 465
Essay on Sourcesp. 469
Notesp. 479
Works Citedp. 509
Indexp. 525
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ISBN: 9780252064142
ISBN-10: 0252064143
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 584
Published: 1st March 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.42  x 3.15
Weight (kg): 0.77

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