Appalachian Mountain Religion: A HISTORY
by Deborah McCauley
University of Illinois Press, 1995
Cloth: 978-0-252-02129-9 | Paper: 978-0-252-06414-2
Library of Congress Classification BR535.M38 1995
Dewey Decimal Classification 277.408

   "A monumental achievement. . . . Certainly the best thing written
        on Appalachian Religion and one of the best works on the region itself.
        Deborah McCauley has made a winning argument that Appalachian religion
        is a true and authentic counter-stream to modern mainstream Protestant
        religion." -- Loyal Jones, founding director of the Appalachian Center
        at Berea College
      Appalachian Mountain Religion is much more than a narrowly focused
        look at the religion of a region. Within this largest regional and widely
        diverse religious tradition can be found the strings that tie it to all
        of American religious history. The fierce drama between American Protestantism
        and Appalachian mountain religion has been played out for nearly two hundred
        years; the struggle between piety and reason, between the heart and the
        head, has echoes reaching back even further--from Continental Pietism
        and the Scots-Irish of western Scotland and Ulster to Colonial Baptist
        revival culture and plain-folk camp-meeting religion.
      Deborah Vansau McCauley places Appalachian mountain religion squarely
        at the center of American religious history, depicting the interaction
        and dramatic conflicts between it and the denominations that comprise
        the Protestant "mainstream." She clarifies the tradition histories
        and symbol systems of the area's principally oral religious culture, its
        worship practices and beliefs, further illuminating the clash between
        mountain religion and the "dominant religious culture" of the
        United States. This clash has helped to shape the course of American religious
      The explorations in Appalachian Mountain Religion range from Puritan
        theology to liberation theology, from Calvinism to the Holiness-Pentecostal
        movements. Within that wide realm and in the ongoing contention over religious
        values, the many strains of American religious history can be heard.
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