A Marginal Majority: Women, Gender, and a Reimagining of Southern Baptists. Edited by Elizabeth H. Flowers and Karen K. Seat. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2020. 254 pp.
As the fifth volume in the well-received "American Baptists" series, A Marginal Majority: Women, Gender, and a Reimagining of Southern Baptists delivers what it promises: a sobering, complicated, multilayered, and reflective new history of the people called Southern Baptists in America. By switching the lens from predominately male-centered to women's narratological perspectives, the authors have demonstrated how SBC women for more than 175 years, despite their lack of visibility, have profoundly shaped not only their prominent denomination, but also the American story.
Influenced by both Ann Braude's (1997) and Catherine Brekus' (2007) seminal works in women's religious studies, noted scholars Elizabeth Flowers and Karen Seat have furthered the research by inviting a dozen Baptist women historians to think creatively about what a "collective reimagining project" of the SBC's past might reveal, correct, and teach, and how these findings might impact current and future generations (p. xiv).
The comprehensive introduction by Flowers and Seat sets...