A History of the Episcopal Church Schism in South Carolina

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Ronald James Caldwell
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Wipf & Stock Publishers
    , August
     530 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


In 2012, the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina declared its independence from the Episcopal Church. It was the fifth of the 111 dioceses of the Church to do so since 2007. A History of the Episcopal Church Schism in South Carolina is the sweeping story of how one diocese moved from the mainstream of the Episcopal Church to separate from the church. It examines the underlying issues, the immediate causes, and the initiating events as well as the nature and results of the schism. The book traces the escalating conflict between the diocese and the church that led up to the schism. It also examines the legal war between the two post-schism dioceses, the majority in the independent Diocese of South Carolina and the minority in the Episcopal Church in South Carolina. This is the first scholarly history of a diocesan schism from the Episcopal Church. It is extensively researched from original and secondary sources and documented in over 2,000 notes citing nearly 900 works. This story stands as a cautionary tale of what happens in a major Christian denomination when majority and minority factions increasingly differentiate themselves and what impact that can have for both parties.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Ronald James Caldwell is a professor of history, emeritus, at Jacksonville State University, in Jacksonville, Alabama. He is the author of numerous works on church history and modern European history. From 2000 to 2003, he was librarian and assistant head of the South Carolina Room of the Charleston County Public Library.


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