By Rufus Spain, Samuel S. Hill
First released in 1967, Rufus Spain’s thorough research into Southern Baptist attitudes set the degree for examine on faith within the American South. In At Ease in Zion, Spain questions the titular “ease” with society that Southern Baptists looked as if it would keep following the Civil battle. His research of denominational newspapers, in addition to reviews from the Southern Baptist conference and kingdom conventions, paint a compelling photo of the themes’ complacency with their social life, whilst they criticized own and leisure ethics.
whereas the South confronted major social, fiscal, and political adjustments after the Civil battle, faith remained the first ethical impact. because the Southern Baptist denomination made up an important majority of the inhabitants at the moment, its leaders and attitudes had a transparent and indisputable impression on social norms. Rufus Spain used to be one of many first writers to actively show the connection among Southern faith and Southern society, and his paintings screens meticulous cognizance to the ways that we're plagued by complacency. He asserts that Southern Baptists seen the yankee South as a model of God’s excellent society; any matters they wanted to handle have been because of contributors (such as those that didn't agree to societal norms) or exterior attitudes (such as these in differing religions or regions).
At Ease in Zion is a serious a part of the scholarly dialogue on faith in society. Spain’s examine deals a daring research of the yankee South and its electorate in the course of some of the most tumultuous occasions in its background whereas supplying a foundation for arguments on “social Christianity” and its ever-shifting position within the world.
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Northern editors accused Southerners of a variety of crimes and treasonable activitiesmistreatment of the Negroes before and after emancipation, insincerity in taking the oath of allegiance to the United States, plotting to re-establish the Confederacy, attempting to re-enslave the freedmen, suppression of free speech, atrocities at Andersonville and Libby prisons, and others. The most vexatious accusations, perhaps, were the attacks on Confederate leaders and the charge that Southerners, while making their bid for 31.
The resurgence of white supremacy in the South, tacitly approved by the North in its acceptance of the Compromise of I8n and the Supreme Court's civil rights decision of I883, did much to heal the breach, but sectional comity was not fully restored until near the end of the century. Besides the difficulties resulting from the sectional conflict, the postbellum period presented other fundamental political problems. Among the most critical was the changing role of the state in the everyday affairs of its citizens.
39. The Baptist (Memphis), November 14, 1868, p. 5· Problems of Politics 23 As the carpetbaggers carried their regimes to incredible excesses in the early r870's, Baptists spoke out in protest. A Virginia Baptist called radical rule in South Carolina a "reign of terror," 40 and a South Carolinian described conditions in his home state as thoroughly corrupt: Villainy is the chief road to political preferment. It is the millennium of rogues and swindlers. Wealth is a sign of rascality. The honest remain poor, whilst the unprincipled and vicious are clad in purple and fine linen.