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Baptized with the Soil: Christian Agrarians and the Crusade for Rural America

Kevin M. Lowe


This book is a history of the Protestant commitment to rural America. It shows how mainline Protestant churches and ecumenical organizations came together in the twentieth century in opposition to industrial agriculture. In its stead, Christian agrarians believed that the health of the nation depended on small rural communities and family farms, and that farming was the most moral way of life. The book explores their philosophical and theological support for agrarianism, including beliefs that the earth was holy, that the church had a responsibility to uplift and reform society, and that famil ... More

Keywords: agrarianism, agriculture, mainline Protestantism, family farm, rural church, soil conservation, ecumenism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190249458
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190249458.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin M. Lowe, author
independent scholar