Dr. Remillard teaches courses on American religious history, religion and sports, the history of Christianity, comparative religions, and Catholic literature. He is the founder and co-organizer of The Examined Life: An Undergraduate Conference in the Liberal Arts and the radio director for the Marginalia Review of Books.
His research interests include religion and sports, religion in the American South, American sacred space, U.S. Catholic History, and civil religion. His first book, Southern Civil Religions, investigates the competing and complicated value systems of the American South during the post-Reconstruction era (c 1877-1920). He is presently writing a religious history of sports in America.
Dr. Remillard has also written essays for popular outlets including the Washington Post, Christian Century, and Sojourners. His article, "Steelers Nation and the Seriously Religious Side of Football" was the "most read" piece of 2013 for the Marginalia Review of Books.
When he's not teaching or writing, Dr. Remillard enjoys spending time with his family and distance running. He founded the Ebensburg Area Running Club and hopes to one day have finished a marathon in all 50 states. Currently, he has 13 states completed: Missouri, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Michigan, New Jersey, and Mississippi.
"By focusing on a diverse set of characters, in a relatively understudied sub-region, through the lens of people talking about a 'good society,' and using a number of vivid examples, this book makes a significant contribution to post-Civil War southern history."—Paul Harvey, author of Freedom's Coming: Religious Culture and the Shaping of the South from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Era
"An exciting, revisionist study that is clear in argument. Anyone wanting to understand how a variety of people in the South have understood its spiritual and moral meanings will like this book."—Charles Reagan Wilson, author of Baptized in Blood: The Religion of the Lost Cause, 1865-1920
"Carefully researched and gracefully written, this study transforms our understanding of the post-Reconstruction Wiregrass South. Not the monolith often assumed, the region nurtured a rich diversity. Remillard demonstrates that competing and sometimes conflicting views of the good society—of civil religion—brought white southern Protestants, northerners, African Americans, Catholics, Jews, nativists, and others into lively, contested conversation. He shows how the views of each faction shaped and modified the image of the good society fashioned by the others, resulting in a variety of civil religious understandings. Essential reading for anyone hoping to understand the complex spirit of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century Wiregrass South."—Charles H. Lippy, coeditor, Encyclopedia of Religion in the South
"Remillard attempts to pull together the sundry strands and competing visions of the Wiregrass Gulf South—upper Florida, southern Georgia, and lower Alabama—by examining the moral vision of not only elite whites who perpetrated the Lost Cause mythology, but also the politically, socially and economically disadvantaged groups who suggested what society ought to be. . . .His work expands the dialogue and scholarly borders in analyzing the post-Reconstruction South and brings new life to southern voices long ignored."—Choice
“It is a rare treat to study the construction of southern identity from the perspective of so many different groups interacting with each other steadily over time. In this regard, Southern Civil Religions can be a model for future histories of the post-Reconstruction South.”—John M Giggie, American Historical Review
"Remillard writes with admirable clarity and brevity. He utilizes a wide range of primary materials that present a variety of perspectives. . . . [The] book reminds us that even a society as locked down as the 'solid South' failed to keep down courageous, alternative visions of the good society."—Gavin James Campbell, Journal of American History
"This portrayal of the New South is humane and affirming, clear-eyed and yet refusing cynicism. In Remillard's hands, civil religion becomes not a smothering uniformity but a vocabulary in which people of all backgrounds, even in the repressive South, claimed a place for their vision of a just America. This book is itself an example of the benefits of a broader and more inclusive vision of what civil religion might mean."—Edward L. Ayers, Journal of Southern Religion
Catholicism Today: An Introduction to the Contemporary Catholic Church, by Evyatar Marienberg. In Choice Reviews (Forthcoming 2015)
The Secular Spectacle: Performing Religion in a Southern Town, by Chad E. Seales. In Choice Reviews (2014)
Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America, by Paula M. Kane. In Choice Reviews (2014)
The Last Segregated Hour: The Memphis Kneel-Ins and the Campaign for Southern Church Desegregation, by Stephen R. Haynes. In Church History (2014)
A Cry for Justice: Daniel Rudd and His Life in Black Catholicism, Journalism, and Activism, 1854-1933, by Gary B. Agee. In Church History (2013)
Diverging Loyalties: Baptists in Middle Georgia During the Civil War, by Bruce T. Gourley. In Civil War Book Review (2012)
A History of the Catholic Church in the American South, 1513-1900, by James M. Woods. In The American Historical Review (2012)
Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball, by Rebecca Alpert. In Religious Studies Review (2012)
Game Day and God: Football, Faith, and Politics in the American South, by Eric Bain-Selbo. In Religious Studies Review (2011)
Tennis and Philosophy: What the Racket is All About, edited by David Baggett. In The Journal of Sports History (2011)
Kentucky's Most Hated Man: Charles Chilton Moore and the Blue Grass Blade, by John Sparks. In The Journal of Southern History (2011)
Liquor in the Land of the Lost Cause: Southern White Evangelicals and the Prohibition Movement, by Joe L. Coker. In Church History (2008)
Religion on Our Campuses: A Professor's Guide to Communities, Conflicts, and Promising Conversations, by Mark U. Edwards, Jr. In Religious Studies Reviews (May 2008)
We Hold These Truths: Catholic Reflections on the American Proposition, by John Courtney Murray. In Religious Studies Reviews (2008)
Feast of Souls: Indians and Spaniards in the Seventeenth-Century Missions of Florida and New Mexico , by Robert C. Galgano. In Religious Studies Reviews (October 2007)
Authentic Fakes: Religion and American Popular Culture, by David Chidester. In Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Vol. 15 (2007)
From Season to Season: Sport as America Religion, ed. Joseph L. Price. In Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Vol. 2 (2003)
God and War: American Civil Religion since 1945, by Raymond J. Haberski. For the Society for U.S. Intellectual History blog ( 2012)
Rounding the Bases: Baseball and Religion in America, by Joseph L. Price. In H-American Studies, Humanities & Social Sciences Online (2008)
The South's Tolerable Alien: Roman Catholics in Alabama and Georgia , 1945-1970, by Andrew S. Moore. In H-Catholic, Humanities & Social Sciences Online (2008)
The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume I: Religion, ed. Samuel S. Hill. In H-American Studies, Humanities & Social Sciences Online (2007)
French and Spanish Missions in North America, by John Corrigan and Tracy Leavelle with Arthur Remillard, California Digital Library (University of California, Berkeley, 2005)
Creating an Old South: Middle Florida's Plantation Frontier before the Civil War, by Edward E. Baptist. In H-USA, Humanities & Social Sciences Online (2004)
The Martyrs of Columbine: Faith and the Politics of Tragedy, by Justin Watson. In H-USA, Humanities & Social Sciences Online (2003)
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