In "From Mounds to Megachurches" David S. Williams offers a
sweeping overview of the role religion has played in Georgia's
history, from precolonial days to the modern era.
Williams shows that colonial Georgia was a remarkably diverse
place, populated by mainline colonial congregations that included
Anglicans, Roman Catholics, German- and Spanish-speaking Jews,
Salzburg Lutherans, and Scottish Presbyterians. It wasn't until
much later that evangelicalism triumphed and Baptists became the
overwhelmingly dominant denomination. Williams uses the stories of
such important figures as Tomochichi, John Wesley, Jesse Mercer,
Henry McNeal Turner, Lillian Smith, Martin Luther King Jr., and
Clarence Jordan to portray larger historical narratives and
Race and religion were intertwined not only in such key
movements as abolition and civil rights but also throughout
Georgia's history. "In order to fully grasp the religious heritage
of Georgia," Williams says, "we must return again and again to
racial matters." Recently, Georgians have seen racial, ethnic, and
religious diversity grow as Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Baha'i,
and other communities have settled in the state. Williams explores
how Georgians have dealt with contemporary issues of tolerance and
how, at times, the state has taken center stage in our nation's
Firmly rooting religious history in a social, cultural, and
political context, Williams presents a representative and balanced
account of Georgia's religious heritage. "From Mounds to
Megachurches" sheds new light on what it means to be a Georgian by
exploring an issue that remains central to life in the Sunbelt
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