Religion in Mississippi by Randy J. Sparks (review)

Religion in Mississippi by Randy J. Sparks (University Press of Mississippi, 2001)

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Religion in Mississippi by Randy J. Sparks (review)

by David Edwin Harrell
Southern Cultures, Vol. 9, No. 1: Spring 2003

University Press of Mississippi, 2001

This sweeping survey of religion in Mississippi provides a guide for viewing the religious experience of the whole South. Randy Sparks has read broadly in the growing body of literature on southern religious history, and he carefully summarizes competing interpretations as he proceeds from colonial Catholicism to the contemporary stresses in mainstream Protestant denominations.