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The Southern Way of Religion

Spring 1999


While there had in the past been large gatherings of Presbyterians for several days in preparation for communion—in fact, the practice can be traced back to Scotland—and Methodists in England and along the eastern seaboard had held large outdoor services, the size, duration, and multidenominational format of the Gasper River event was unprecedented. It and similar religious exercises quickly came to be known as "camp meetings," a descriptive term created for the phenomena.
An Op-Ed piece in The New York Times on April 5, 1997, spoke of a major shift occurring in American Protestantism, with the great divide being North versus South. According to this essay, "these two religions—the Church of Law [i.e., strict moralism], based in the South, and the Church of Love [i.e., relativistic, forgiving, and reformist], based in the North—differ on almost every big theological point."

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