By J. Barry Vaughn
The consensus of southern historians is that, because the moment nice Awakening, evangelicalism has ruled the South. this can be definitely actual whilst one considers the level to which southern tradition is ruled by means of evangelical rhetoric and concepts. even if, in Alabama one
non-evangelical crew has performed an important function in shaping the state’s heritage. J. Barry Vaughn explains that, even supposing the Episcopal Church has consistently been a small fraction (around 1 percentage) of Alabama’s inhabitants, an inordinately excessive share, as regards to 10 percentage, of Alabama’s major leaders have belonged to this denomination. a lot of those leaders got here to the Episcopal Church from different denominations simply because they have been interested in the church’s large measure of doctrinal range and laissez-faire angle towards human frailty.
Vaughn argues that the church used to be in a position to allure a few of the state’s governors, congressmen, and legislators by means of positioning itself because the church of conservative political elites within the state--the planters ahead of the Civil warfare, the “Bourbons” after the Civil battle, and the “Big Mules” in the course of industrialization. He starts this narrative through explaining how Anglicanism got here to Alabama after which highlights how Episcopal bishops and congregation contributors alike took lively roles in key historical pursuits together with the Civil conflict, Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights circulation. Bishops, Bourbons, and massive Mules closes with Vaughn’s personal predictions in regards to the destiny of the Episcopal Church in twenty-first-century Alabama.
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Bishops, Bourbons, and Big Mules: A History of the Episcopal Church in Alabama (Religion & American Culture) by J. Barry Vaughn