By David Harrington Watt
Within the usa, there are thousands of Protestant church buildings whose participants habitually hold their Bibles with them. those churches--often often called "evangelical" or "fundamentalist"--play an important function in shaping American society. during this booklet, David Watt attracts on years of fieldwork to give a sublime reinterpretation of how that conservative Protestants impact American politics and tradition. on the center of the booklet is a sympathetic, yet faraway from uncritical, research of these sorts of social energy which are assumed to be typical between Bible-carrying Christians. whereas outsiders usually presuppose that evangelical Christians take with no consideration the authority of definite associations (among them the yank country, enterprises, ministers, males, and heterosexuals), Watt argues that the truth is way extra advanced. this can be a concise and energetic e-book that sheds new gentle at the approach that Bible-carrying Christians impact the way in which that individuals in the United States think--and steer clear of thinking--about social energy.
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The congregations I attended between 1957 and 1973 sometimes seemed to be claiming that the community to which “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” pointed was the only real community. The others were ephemeral. Their importance was downplayed, their pretensions deﬂated. They were not nearly so important as they pretended to be, and it would be a mistake, we knew, to take them too seriously. This page intentionally left blank FOUR oak grove church Thomas S. Stuart’s description and analysis of Oak Grove Church helped me to get my bearings there.
And certainly we did not look anything alike: he was about 60, short and thin and hawk-nosed and dark; I was 35, tall, 190 pounds, and quite pale. Still, for a minute I thought I had stumbled into a world of magic realism. And the church felt familiar. The building was built in 1963 out of stone. It reminded me in a vague way of many Southern Baptist churches I have known. The Christian ﬂag was on the left of the sanctuary, the American on the right. I had seen similar arrangements before. ” That seemed familiar, too.
There were, Ludlow said, lots of drugs and some streetwalkers in Olney, and many of the people who lived there wanted to move elsewhere. A huge set of warehouses that had been run by Sears and had provided a lot of jobs had been shut down in the recent past, as had the Heinz factory (which made machines, not ketchup). There was still a Kardon auto parts plant in the area, but, Ludlow said, the working conditions were bad and the pay was poor. Whenever I drove between the building in which the church held its worship services and the building in which Oak Grove Academy held its classes, I went past a naval supply depot and a plant owned by Mrs.