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The priesthood of the believer in the public square: Religious conviction, political choice, and fundamentalism in the Southern Baptist Convention


2002 2002

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The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is the largest Protestant denomination in the United States with 15.8 million members. It has, in the span of two decades, transformed itself into a fundamentalist denomination and become far more politically active. The traditional Baptist principles of priesthood of the believer, congregational autonomy, and commitment to separation of church and state have been significantly compromised as the denomination has embraced religious fundamentalism. I situate the SBC historically in the realms of both Protestant faiths and politics, while including within that analysis the politics internal to the Convention itself. This raises important questions about relationships between church and state, religion and politics. Of these questions, I treat as most consequential those concerning the accommodation of fundamentalist religion within a framework of religious and civil liberties in a pluralist democracy.

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Subject
Political science;
Religion
Classification
0615: Political science
0318: Religion
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology, Social sciences, Fundamentalism, Political choice, Priesthood of the believer, Public square, Religious conviction, Southern Baptist Convention
Title
The priesthood of the believer in the public square: Religious conviction, political choice, and fundamentalism in the Southern Baptist Convention
Author
Jones, Mary Elizabeth
Number of pages
201
Publication year
2002
Degree date
2002
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 63/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780493715186, 0493715185
Advisor
Sedgwick, Jeffrey L.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3056244
ProQuest document ID
275731548
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/275731548
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