Exercise of Informal Power Within the Church of Christ. Black Civil Rights, Muted Justice, and Denominational Politics

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The only study to examine how the unofficial hierarchy—editors of
denominational journals, academic leaders, and pastors—shaped the Church of Christ’s response to the Civil Rights Movement.


“This book, as a well-researched and clearly-focused case study, is a rich field for thinking about the nature of how such informal institutions, whether religious, political . . . evolve and wield potent controls.” – Prof. Joseph M. Webb, Gardner-Webb University

“. . . offers a unique perspective from a view of religio-political landscape into the conservative social views of the Church of Christ denomination. . . . [The author] uses reputational, positional, and decisional survey methods to highlight the various connections within the Church of Christ that aided maintenance of racial and social status quos among its members.” - Prof. Terriel R. Byrd, Palm Beach Atlantic University

“. . . a welcome addition to the literature in the field of sociology of religion. . . . Douglas harnesses appropriate methods . . . in identifying the centers of unofficial power within the Church [this study] is impeccable.” - Prof. Tetsunao Yamamori, Ashbury Theological Seminary

Table of Contents

Foreword by Joseph M. Webb, Ph.D.
1. The Social Setting
2. Centers of Power: Influence – A Veiled yet Vital Community
3. You Have to Have a Scorecard to Appreciate the Game (The Heavy Hitters)
4. Patronage and Perks – The Secret of Getting Ahead
5. The Power of the Printed Page/Poison Pen
6. The Voice of the Southwest – The Firm Foundation
7. Shouting Against the Wind: Mission: The Voice of Dissent
8. A Price to Be Paid
9. Conclusion: What’s a Leopard to Do? Is There Any Hope?
A Postscript

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