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Strangers and Friends at the Welcome TableContemporary Christianities in the American South$
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James Hudnut-Beumler

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469640372

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640372.001.0001

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Southern Christianities in Harmony and Conflict

Southern Christianities in Harmony and Conflict

(p.243) Conclusion Southern Christianities in Harmony and Conflict
Strangers and Friends at the Welcome Table

James Hudnut-Beumler

University of North Carolina Press

The conclusion poses the question whether the dominant religious dimension of South is basically charitable and hospitable or morally judgmental and hostile to difference? It argues, based on the evidence introduced, that the answer is that the South is both and more. The Christianities encountered in this book are several, plural, and manifold. As such they fund the instinct to both help strangers and anathematize them. The extension beyond self and clan—a value the disparate Christians all learn from their Bibles and churches—is not perfect, and honoured sometimes more in the breach than in practice. Biblicism and moralism divide, yes, but the sources of reconciliation and change come from the very same sources. And from this dynamic strangers meet, and sometimes, are enabled to become friends.

Keywords:   Hospitality, Biblicism, Moralism, Sharia Law, Transgender Persons, Division, Reconciliation, Social change

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