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Born Again: Life in a Fundamentalist Baptist Church (1987)

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A Nonjudgmental Look at Independent Baptist's
19 December 2016 | by (Anchorage, Alaska) – See all my reviews

Many think the Southern Baptist church is very strict and conservative until they get a glimpse of one of these. What Jerry Falwell, Bob Jones, Jack Hyles, Lester Roloff, and the like were. They are all over the country mostly in suburbs and small towns and tend to appeal to the lower middle-class and upper working classes. Their music is little more than hymn books, Bible is King James only, and dress code is no shorts for anybody or pants for the women.

Of all the places chosen for this documentary, it was Worcester, Massachusetts! Not a place known for fundamentalism! Thick New England accents, an Italian-American pastor and various other ethnicity's, mainly Irish, Polish, and Lithuanian.

The story focuses mostly on the pastor, his wife, and teenage daughter, a large extended family persuading a brother to get saved and join the church, and a single, financially strapped father of 3 boys trying to get his ex-wife to divorce her current husband and come back to him.

Excellent documentary filmed in 1984 when the Moral Majority was starting to die out.


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