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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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 Unusual Strugglings of Mind

 Unusual Strugglings of Mind

(p.115) 5 Unusual Strugglings of Mind
Evangelizing the South

Monica Najar

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the vital paradoxes in Baptists' understanding of the relationship between religious and political authority. It begins by examining the debates over church and state in Virginia. In North Carolina, disestablishment occurred relatively quickly and with much less public debate. In Virginia, however, the process of disestablishment involved a complicated negotiation among different civil and sectarian factions that carried on for years and ultimately resulted in a far-reaching statement for religious liberty. The chapter then turns to Baptists' involvement in political debates and political culture in the early republic.

Keywords:   Baptists, political debates, political culture, religious authority, Virginia, North Carolina, church and state

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