In the Hands of a Happy God The No Hellers of Central



4 thoughts on “In the Hands of a Happy God The No Hellers of Central Appalachia

  1. says:

    I learned about a group I did not even know existed The detail was what one would expect in a scholarly paper and the book is old enough to be historical so I do wonder about the current state of the no hellers though I am sure few if any of the churches still exist


  2. says:

    Wonderful study of a sub denomination I never knew existed The Primitive Baptist Universalists worshipping primarily in the mountains of Tennessee West Virginia and southwestern Virginia


  3. says:

    Give me all the academic texts on increasingly obscure religious groups please I can’t find evidence that any of these churches still exist I loved it


  4. says:

    Far too much info about local geography but the author obviously loves the people and places he researched Still contains valuable information about how Universalist theology found a home in Appalachia The meat of the books starts in Chapter 5 The 'Happifying' of God


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In the Hands of a Happy God The No Hellers of Central Appalachia [PDF / EPUB] In the Hands of a Happy God The No Hellers of Central Appalachia The investigation of Primitive Baptist Universalists Calvinist 'No Hellers ' which sounds for all the world like an oxymoron reuires the exact type of seasoned and comprehensive field experience which The investigation of Hands of Epub Ý Primitive Baptist Universalists Calvinist 'No Hellers ' which sounds In the Epub / for all the world like an oxymoron reuires the exact type of seasoned the Hands of PDF ↠ and comprehensive field experience which Dorgan has brought to it with meticulous care the Hands of a Happy PDF or and insight Deborah Vansau McCauley author of Appalachian Mountain ReligionAmong the many forms of religious practice found in the ridges and hollows of Central Appalachia one of the most intriguing and least understood is that of the Primitive Baptist Universalists PBUs Popularly known as the No Hellers this small Baptist sub denomination rejects the notion of an angry God bent on punishment and retribution and instead embraces the concept of a happy God who consigns no one to eternal damnation This book is the first in depth study of the PBUs and their beliefsAs Howard Dorgan the Hands of a Happy PDF or points out the designation No Heller is something of a misnomer Primitive Baptist Universalists he notes believe in hell but they see it as something that exists in this life in the temporal world rather than in an afterlife For a PBU sinfulness is the given state of natural man and hell a reality of earthly life the absence from God's blessing torment that sin generates PBUs further believe that at the moment of Resurrection all temporal existence will end as all human kind joins in a wholly egalitarian heaven the culmination of Christ's universal atonementIn researching this book Dorgan spent considerable time with PBU congregations interviewing their members and observing their emotionally charged and joyous worship services He deftly combines lucid descriptions of PBU beliefs with richly texturedvignettes portraying the people and how they live their faith on a daily basis He also explores a fascinating possibility concerning PBU origins that a strain of early nineteenth century American Universalism reached the mountains of Appalachia and there fused with Primitive Baptist theology to form this subdenomination which barely exists outside a handful of counties in Tennessee Virginia Kentucky and West VirginiaLike Dorgan's earlier books In the Hands of a Happy God offers an insightful blend of ethnography history and theological analysis that will appeal to both Appalachian scholars and all students of American religion.