Avenues of Faith records how faith flourished in southern towns after the flip of the century and the way a cadre of clergy and laity created a particularly revolutionary spiritual tradition in Richmond, the bastion of the previous South. recognized because the former capital of the Confederacy, Richmond emerges as a dynamic and becoming business urban invigorated via the social activism of its Protestants.
By studying six mainline white denominations-Episcopalians, Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists, Disciples of Christ, and Lutherans-Samuel C. Shepherd Jr. emphasizes the level to which the town fostered spiritual variety, at the same time "blind spots" remained in regard to Catholics, African american citizens, Mormons, and Jews. Shepherd explores such themes as evangelism, interdenominational cooperation, the temperance crusade, the Sunday university stream, the overseas peace projects, and the increasing function of lay humans of either sexes. He additionally notes the community's frequent rejection of fundamentalism, a spiritual phenomenon nearly immediately linked to the South, and exhibits the way it nurtured social reform to wrestle a bunch of city difficulties linked to public wellbeing and fitness, schooling, housing, women's suffrage, prohibition, childrens, and prisons.
In lucid prose and with very good use of basic resources, Shepherd supplies a clean portrait of Richmond Protestants who embraced switch and remodeled their neighborhood, making it an energetic, innovative non secular middle of the hot South.
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