Faith and Meaning in the Southern Uplands
Never have so many missionaries been sent to save so many Christians as is the case in the Southern Uplands. The area has long been perceived by American Christians in contradictory ways: on the one hand, as an unchurched area with people who have little religion or an inadequate faith; on the other, as part of the Bible Belt, packed with small breakaway fundamentalist churches and wild-eyed believers.
In Faith and Meaning in the Southern Uplands, one of Appalachian religion's most eloquent spokesmen reveals a people devoted to and thoughtful about their religion, and profoundly influenced by it. Loyal Jones's three decades of conversations and interviews, supplemented by documents such as sermons, testimonies, and articles of faith, articulate Southern Upland views on basic issues of the human condition -- faith, God, the world, the Word, and the devil -- as well as on community issues such as racial integration and women in the church. In their own voices these people describe their beliefs, their churches, and their lives, exposing a deep conviction tempered with humanity and humor.
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... Religion . 2. Ozark Mountains - Religion . 3. Piedmont ( U.S .: Region ) -Religion . 4. Christian sects— Appalachian Region - History . I. Title . BR535.J66 1999 277.69 ddc21 98-25359 CIP 8 For my parents , George Alec Jones and Cora ...
... my brothers and sisters , living and dead , Troy , Vertie , Elmer , Garnett , Wilma , Willis , and Nina , and for all those who contributed to this book Contents Preface ix Introduction : Upland Religion versus the Missionary.
Loyal Jones. Contents Preface ix Introduction : Upland Religion versus the Missionary Imperative I 1. The Human Condition 13 2. God 51 3. The World and the Devil 74 4. The Word 103 5. Salvation 131 6. Praise in Zion 167 7. Some ...
... religious beliefs and practices . For many years I have gathered materials that I believe give a different picture of Upland ... religion , and I also found money to hire students to interview people dur- ing one summer . Among those who ...
... come to accept Thomas Carlyle's statement , " It is well said , in every sense , that a man's religion is the chief fact with regard to him . " Faith and Meaning in the Southern Uplands Introduction UPLAND RELIGION X PREFACE.
The Human Condition
3 The World and the Devil
4 The Word