"For any devotee of the field, these rare peeks into the minds and souls of respected colleagues are a treat indeed."
—Journal of Southern History
"[An] intimate collection . . . These fifteen scholars enlighten specialists or interested outsiders about a discipline that they nurtured and now pass on to the next generation."
"In the essay in this volume we see something of the making of the scholars who produced landmark studies in southern religious history. . . . Boles’s collection is itself a valuable contribution to the study of southern religious history; in fact, one might think of doing the same thing—exploring the origins of academic interest and commitment—for a number of other disciplines as well."
—Fred Hobson, Journal of Southern Religion
"A superb compilation. These personal essays represent history at its best via the autobiographical model, and the anthology will become a classic for others to emulate."
—Journal of Appalachian Studies
Lutheran, Jewish, Catholic, Methodist, and Episcopal viewpoints are represented as, of course, are Baptist. Some contributors have stood in the pulpit; others at least commenced their higher education with that aim. While some contributors were born and reared, and now work in the Bible Belt, others are outsiders--physically, philosophically, or both. Some came from intellectual traditions; others were the first in their family to attend college.
Despite their common interest in its history, southern religion is anything but an intellectual abstraction for the contributors to this book. It is a potent force, and here sixteen men and women offer themselves as proof of its power to shape lives.
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