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The Bible Belt

Discussion in '2003 Archive' started by tyndale1946, Jul 11, 2003.

  1. tyndale1946

    tyndale1946 Well-Known Member
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    I have heard this label all my life though I don't live there... Actually where did this term come from... Where is it and what does it mean and stand for?... I know for sure it is not used to keep a christian gentleman pants from falling to his knees!... You from the Bible Belt enlighten me... What is the Bible Belt?... Brother Glen [​IMG]
     
  2. stubbornkelly

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    It refers to an American geographic location (basically the South and Midwest) characterized by a large percentage of church-goers (predominantly fundamentalist Christians) and political conservatives.

    There's no real map of it, but the concept was begun by H.L. Mencken. A "belt" just refers to a region. It's a cultural thing, mostly, but when people use it, they're most often referring to the geographic regions I listed above.

    [ July 11, 2003, 02:23 PM: Message edited by: stubbornkelly ]
     
  3. MissAbbyIFBaptist

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    Well I think I must live in the Bible belt. I've heard our area referred to as such all my life....we got churches on every corner....and yeap, mostly Baptist! But what's sad is that when we meet these people from these churches round here on visitation, they all {majority} think being good, church membership, tithing, baptisum, "my daddy is a deacon", will get them into Heaven. I tell ya! We got our work cut out for us! [​IMG]
    ~Miss Abby [​IMG]
     
  4. lvwisc

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    I've never heard of the Midwest being the Bible belt, just the South. We are the Corn Belt.
    (I'm off to start shuckin' the corn I bought at the local farmers market today! Yummy!)
     
  5. stubbornkelly

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    LOL That too. I think you guys get both. All the stuff I looked up trying to find information about the phrase's origin mentioned "the South and Midwest."
     
  6. dianetavegia

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    Tornado Alley and the Bible Belt are pretty close to each other! LOL
     
  7. Jailminister

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    The Bible Belt
    The term Bible Belt refers to states in the Deep South plus Texas where fundamentalist and evangelical Christianity is taken very seriously.
     
  8. NateT

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    I guess a lot of it depends on what you call the midwest.

    I grew up in Kansas City, MO. So the midwest to me was definitely WEST of the Missippi, included states like KS, AR, MO, NE, IA, and maybe OK (could be the south). I always thought that those states were part of the Bible Belt, but also TN, KY and most of the South.

    Now I'm in IL and I hear people say IL, IN, OH are part of the midwest. I would definitely NOT consider the majority of IL in the Bible Belt.
     
  9. JonHenry

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    I live between Philly and Allentown. I think this is Bible Belt part II. There is an immense collection of churches here: IFBaptists, Luthersins, multitudes of Reformed of all shades, Many Mennonites and various other Annabaptists, etc. You name it. It's boggling. A large portion of the denominations are very conservative.

    I went to school in Greenville, SC (and lived there for 2 years following) which is supposedly on the buckle of the Bible belt. This area in PA has it beat.

    And this is definitely not the South. Anywhere that the football fans (Eagles fans) boo Santa Clause off the field...

    Can I get a witness?
     
  10. Ed Edwards

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    Amen, Brother JonHenry -- ya'll preach that here/now [​IMG]
     
  11. lvwisc

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    My husband, a Redskins fan, STILL talks about Philadelpia Eagles fans booing santa claus off the field. The City of Brotherly Love? I think not!
     
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    &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;You from the Bible Belt enlighten me... What is the Bible Belt?... Brother Glen&lt;&lt;&lt;&lt;&lt;&lt;&lt;&lt;

    Geographically, you are far removed from the bible belt, but trust me, mentally you are at the heart of it.
     
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