"A brilliant excavation of religious strains in the southern psyche."
"A fascinating examination of the South's pervasive evangelical Protestantism. Anyone interested in the modern South will enjoy this engaging, well-written book."
"Anyone who wants to know. more about contemporary southern religious and cultural life should start with this book. Wilson possesses an outstanding ability to look clearly at the transformations of the South and to interpret their meaning by focusing on popular events and icons."
—Edward L. Queen II, Christian Century
"Eclectic and suggestive . . . A book that intersects provocatively with the work of scholars such as Colleen McDannell, Ted Ownby, and Lawrence Levine on material culture, religion, and consumerism."
"Wilson is an inspired eclectic and a strategic reader in scholarship produced in disciplines other than history. . . . This collection entertains!"
"Highly readable and often thought-provoking, these essays make a notable contribution to our understanding of religion's influence in the South."
"For those who try to understand the matter of religion in the South, the topic is a bewildering one. . . . With a prose style that is clear and supple and an intelligence that is probing and authoritative, Charles Reagan Wilson demystifies the subject and carries us into the very heart of the dilemma."
—South Atlantic Review
“For an understatedly elegant synopsis of the meaning of southern religious history, readers will be grateful for Judgment and Grace in Dixie.”
—Religious Studies Review
“A fine book . . . The essays are brief but well-written summaries of powerful cultural issues often mentioned but seldom explored in larger works.”
—Journal of Appalachian Studies
Wilson's focus is on popular religion--evangelical Protestantism as embraced at the grassroots level, where distinctions between the sacred and secular are blurred and belief in the supernatural remains strong. As he traces the development and meaning of popular religion and pop culture, Wilson ranges widely across a spiritual landscape rich in iconic accumulations of people, places, events, and artifacts--church fans and Elvis Presley memorabilia, the painting of Howard Finster and the songs of Hank Williams, the Scopes trial and the death of Bear Bryant.
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