The New Crusades, the New Holy Land: Conflict in the Southern Baptist Convention, 1969-1991 by David T. Morgan (review)

The New Crusades, the New Holy Land: Conflict in the Southern Baptist Convention, 1969-1991 by David T. Morgan (The University of Alabama Press, 1996)

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The New Crusades, the New Holy Land: Conflict in the Southern Baptist Convention, 1969-1991 by David T. Morgan (review)

by James L. Peacock
Southern Cultures, Vol. 4, No. 2: Summer 1998

The University of Alabama Press, 1996

As though following a kind of Gresham’s law in the religious realm, fundamentalisms of various kinds have surged throughout the world at the expense of moderate or liberal perspectives. This is obviously true for Islam, reportedly true for Judaism, and apparently also for Christianity. In fact, the trend is of such concern to scholars of religion that some of us have joined forces in a global study of fundamentalism, sponsored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and published in a series of volumes by the University of Chicago Press. In The New Crusades, the New Holy Land, David Morgan brings this global trend very close to home as he cogently details the ascendancy of fundamentalists and the purge of moderates and liberals in the Southern Baptist Convention during the period 1969 to 1991.