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Southern Religion, Southern CultureEssays Honoring Charles Reagan Wilson$
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Darren E. Grem, Ted Ownby, and James G., Jr. Thomas

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496820471

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496820471.001.0001

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Judgment, Grace, Race, and the Transcendental Blues

Judgment, Grace, Race, and the Transcendental Blues

The Study of Religion in the South in the Era of Charles Reagan Wilson

(p.3) Judgment, Grace, Race, and the Transcendental Blues
Southern Religion, Southern Culture

Paul Harvey

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses the past, present, and future of southern religious history and suggests how much of Charles Reagan Wilson's academic lifetime of work has foreshadowed, shaped, and developed work in the field over the last generation. Scholars of Wilson's generation tried to understand the origins and dominance of evangelicalism. The present and future of historical writing in this field is about incorporating a diversity of southern religious stories, ranging from the Powhatan Confederacy in early Virginia, to Moravians in North Carolina, Spiritualists in New Orleans and elsewhere, and Catholics throughout the region. Another major theme of southern religious history is the centrality and constant interplay of the revolutionary and the revivalist traditions in southern history, and a parallel interplay between racialized particularity and Christian universalism in southern religious thought and practice.

Keywords:   southern religious history, Charles Reagan Wilson, evangelicalism, southern religious stories, southern history, Christian universalism, racialized particularity, southern religious thought, southern religious practice

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