9780190246815-0190246812-Born of Conviction: White Methodists and Mississippi's Closed Society

Born of Conviction: White Methodists and Mississippi's Closed Society

ISBN-13: 9780190246815
ISBN-10: 0190246812
Edition: 1
Author: Reiff, Joseph T.
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardcover 408 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780190246815
ISBN-10: 0190246812
Edition: 1
Author: Reiff, Joseph T.
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardcover 408 pages

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Acknowledged authors Reiff, Joseph T. wrote Born of Conviction: White Methodists and Mississippi's Closed Society comprising 408 pages back in 2015. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0190246812 and 9780190246815. Since then Born of Conviction: White Methodists and Mississippi's Closed Society textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 5.41 or rent at the marketplace.

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Winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters' Nonfiction Award

The dominant narrative of the role of white citizens and the white church in Mississippi's civil rights era focuses on their intense resistance to change. The "Born of Conviction" statement, signed by twenty-eight white Methodist pastors and published in the Mississippi Methodist Advocate on January 2, 1963, offered an alternative witness to the segregationist party line. Calling for freedom of the pulpit and reminding readers of the Methodist Discipline's claim that the teachings of Jesus permit "no discrimination because of race, color, or creed," the pastors sought to speak to and for a mostly silent yet significant minority of Mississippians, and to lead white Methodists to join the conversation on the need for racial justice. The document additionally expressed support for public schools and opposition to any attempt to close them, and affirmed the signers' opposition to Communism. Though a few individuals, both laity and clergy, voiced public affirmation of "Born of Conviction," the overwhelming reaction was negative-by mid-1964, eighteen of the signers had left Mississippi, evidence of 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 also received private messages of gratitude for their stand, and eight of the signers would remain 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 in general, as revealed by their responses to the "Born of Conviction" controversy.
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