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- DescriptionAppalachia's distinctive brand of Christianity has always been something of a puzzle to mainline American congregations. Often treated as pagan and unchurched, native Appalachian sects are labeled as ultraconservative, primitive, and fatalistic, and the actions of mirity sub-groups such as snake handlers are associated with all worshippers in the region. Yet these churches that many regard as being outside the mainstream are living examples of America's own religious heritage.The emotional and experience-based religion that still thrives in Appalachia is very much at the heart of American worship. The lack of a recognizable father figure like Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Kx compounds the mystery of Appalachia's religious origins. Ordained minister John Sparks determined that such a person must have existed, and his search turned up a man less literate, urbane, and well-kwn than Luther, Calvin, and Kx -- but less charismatic and influential.Shubal Stearns, a New England Baptist minister, led a group of sixteen Baptists -- w dubbed The Old Brethren by Old School Baptists churches in Appalachia -- from New England to North Carolina in the mid-eighteenth century. His musical barking preaching is still popular, and the association of churches that he established gave birth to many of the disparate deminations prospering in the region today. A man lacking in the scholarship of his peers but endowed with the eccentricities that would make their mark on Appalachian faith, Stearns has long been an object of shame among most Baptist historians.In The Roots of Appalachian Christianity, Sparks depicts an important religious figure in a new light. Poring over pages of out-of-print and little-used histories, Sparks discovered the complexity of Stearns's character and his impact on Appalachian Christianity. The result is a history t just of this leader but of the roots of a religious movement.
- Author BiographyElder John Sparks is an ordained minister of the United Baptist Church and graduate of Pikeville College.
- Author(s)John Sparks
- PublisherThe University Press of Kentucky
- Date of Publication31/03/2005
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Series TitleReligion in the South
- Place of PublicationLexington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University Press of Kentucky
- Content Note2 photographs, 3 maps
- Weight572 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Edition StatementNew edition
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