It has long been said that eleven o'clock on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour of the week in the United States, a reference to racial segregation in churches. As residential neighborhoods in Atlanta transitioned from being predominately white to predominately black in the 1960s and 1970s, churches in those communities had the opportunity to embrace all of their neighbors and create inclusive, integrated congregations. White congregations in Atlanta responded to racial transition in their neighborhoods in many different ways. Some immediately left to preserve their white church communities, and some stayed in the changing community, committed to serving whoever lived in the area. Most congregations lingered in the transitioning neighborhoods as they disputed and discerned the proper response to the changes but eventually relocated or disbanded. All of them faced deep moral and spiritual struggles throughout the process. This thesis seeks to uncover and explore those struggles so that evangelical churches today can learn from a moment in history when Atlanta churches could have integrated and almost always failed at doing so.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1 Chapter 1: Churches that Fled 7 Chapter 2: Churches that Lingered 26 Chapter 3: Churches that Stayed 53
Conclusion: A Theological Hindrance to Social Change 81
About this Honors Thesis
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|"The Tie that Binds": White Church Flight in Atlanta, 1955-1985 ()||2018-08-28||