Born of Conviction Hardback
White Methodists and Mississippi's Closed Society
by Joseph T. Reiff;
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Born of Conviction
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Though a few lay and clergy persons voiced public affirmation of "Born of Conviction," the overwhelming reaction was negative-by mid-1964, twenty of the original signers had left Mississippi, revealing the challenges faced by whites who offered even mild dissent to massive resistance in the Deep South. Dominant narratives, however, rarely tell the whole story. The statement caused a significant crack in the public unanimity of Mississippi white resistance. Signers and their public supporters had also received private messages of gratitude for their stand, and eight of the signers remained in the Methodist ministry in Mississippi until retirement. Born of Conviction tells the story of "the Twenty-eight," illuminating the impact on the larger culture of this attempt by white clergy to support race relations change. The book explores the theological and ethical understandings of the signers through an account of their experiences before, during, and after the statement's publication.
It also offers a detailed portrait of both public and private expressions of the theology and ethics of white Mississippi Methodists as a whole - including laity and other clergy - as revealed by their responses to the "Born of Conviction" controversy, which came at the crisis point of the Civil Rights Era in Mississippi.
Born of Conviction by Joseph T. Reiff was published by Oxford University Press Inc in December 2015. The ISBN for Born of Conviction is 9780190246815.
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Details for Born of Conviction
|Page last updated||26th April 2016|
|Author / Artist||Joseph T. Reiff|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press Inc (December 2015)|
|Number of Pages||408|