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Cowboy Christians

Marie W. Dallam


This book examines the long history of cowboy Christians in the American West, including the cowboy church movement of the present day and closely related ministries in racetrack and rodeo settings. Early chapters move from the postbellum period through the twentieth century, tracing religious life among cowboys on the range as well as projected in popular imagery and the media. The central chapters focus on the modern cowboy church and examine its structure, theology, and method of perpetuation, as well as exploring future challenges the institution may face, such as its relegation of women t ... More

Keywords: cowboy church, cowboy religion, rodeo church, racetrack chaplain, bull riding chaplain, muscular Christianity, new paradigm church, Jesus movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190856564
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190856564.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marie W. Dallam, author
Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma