Southern Baptists in the Heart of Dixie
By Wayne Flynt
University of Alabama Press, Paperback, 9780817352820, 731pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2005
Despite social and cultural conflict Alabama Baptists helped tame a chaotic frontier, sustained a sense of community, created opportunities not available in secular society, shaped Alabama politics, and obtained religious dominance seldom matched in U.S. history.
Wayne Flynt's balanced, exhaustively researched book is the first about Alabama Baptists to be written by a professional historian.
"The state church’ of Alabama is Southern Baptist. One in every four inhabitants of that state and two of every three church members there are members of the Alabama Baptist State Convention. Alabama has the highest percentage of any state in the union. . . . Flynt is a well seasoned professional historian as well as an insider. Both backgrounds cooperate to contribute an honest and fair account. . . . This volume could very well be the best historical account of any denomination in any state of the United States." --Church History
"Wayne Flynt has written the definitive history of Southern Baptists in Alabama. A distinquished historian of southern religion, Flynt is also a narrative Alabamian and Southern Baptist who trained for the ministry. . . . "Flynt's sweeping chronicle of Alabama Baptists provides an in-depth look at the South's largest denomination in a pivotal state."--Journal of American History
Flynt examines Alabama Baptists from the varied perspectives of individual, congregational, and denominational experience. The result is a rich, detailed depiction that reveals the years of careful research that undoubtedly went into its writing.”--Choice