Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

David Dark

Making Believe

God’s Rascal examines the life of fundamentalist J. Frank Norris

“If fundamentalism had not existed,” Barry Hankins tells us, J. Frank Norris “would have invented it.” In God’s Rascal, Hankins offers a portrait of a talented, abusive man whose fiery rhetoric shaped a major U.S. religious movement.

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Wolves in Shepherd’s Clothing

Jesus and John Wayne considers the “evangelical cult of masculinity”

Calvin University historian Kristin Kobes Du Mez analyzes a toxic mythology of manliness at the heart of evangelical culture in Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation. Du Mez will appear at a virtual session of the 2021 Southern Festival of Books on September 30.

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Calling Evangelicals to Account

Anthea Butler speaks with prophetic candor in White Evangelical Racism

In White Evangelical Racism, Anthea Butler identifies a racist agenda at the heart of rightwing evangelical politics. Butler will discuss the book at a virtual event hosted by Parnassus Books in Nashville on March. 25.

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She Had a Dream

Freedom Faith examines the little-known influence of civil rights leader Prathia Hall

Prathia Hall was a minister, activist, and academic who played a critical but largely unknown role in the civil rights movement. Memphis church historian Courtney Pace recounts her pivotal influence in Freedom Faith: The Womanist Vision of Prathia Hall.

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Deflection and Redemption

Susan Neiman considers America’s moral possibilities in Learning from the Germans

Through anecdote, testimony, and thorough research, Susan Neiman explores moral responses in postwar Germany and throughout the American South in Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil. Neiman will appear at the 2019 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.

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God’s Will

A new book considers the legacy of Will Campbell, writer, minister, and activist

As a songwriter, novelist, minister, and tireless advocate for incarcerated, marginalized, and hard-to-know-what-to-do-with people, Will Campbell—author of Brother to a Dragonfly—defied every category. A new book considers his legacy.

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