IN PERSON: A few years ago, The Economist magazine opined that religion, even more than race relations, makes the South an exceptional section of the U.S. Indeed, this "Bible Belt" — site of the Scopes evolution trial, home base for such prominent evangelicals as Joel Osteen, Jerry Falwell and Billy Graham — is a prayerful place: Writer Flannery O'Connor described it as "Christ haunted,” and scholar Dennis Owen has written, “Southern Protestantism and Southern culture are as inseparable as bourbon and fruitcake.” But it wasn’t always so. Through lectures, with questions encouraged, the course looks at, in particular, the white variety of Southern faith from its almost agnostic beginnings through evangelicalism’s awakening, accommodation with secular values and sectional schisms on up to present-day “values voters." Along the way, we'll consider some exceptions to the evangelical rule and such counterconventional manifestations as speaking in tongues, faith healing and, yes, handling snakes. | Lecture + Q&A.
Max enrollment: 12.