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Evangelizing the SouthA Social History of Church and State in Early America$
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Monica Najar

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309003

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309003.001.0001

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 The Manly Voice of Orthodoxy

 The Manly Voice of Orthodoxy

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Evangelizing the South

Monica Najar

Oxford University Press

This chapter maps the religious landscape of the late colonial Upper South, examining the patterns of religious practice of the state-established Church of England, which opened the door for competition from the small dissenting sect of the Baptists. While Baptist churches grew exponentially, the Church of England labored to gain the lay adherence necessary even to support existing churches, let alone create new ones. The Anglican Church's difficulty in keeping pace with the population of the Upper South opened the door for competing sects to recruit unchurched populations. This contest between established and dissenting churches introduced a new and compelling definition of “church” and religiosity that would ultimately reshape the religious landscape in the region and alter the concept of the state's place in the religious realm.

Keywords:   Upper South, religious practice, Church of England, Baptists, religion

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