Democratic Religion

Freedom, Authority, and Church Discipline in the Baptist South, 1785-1900

Author: Gregory A. Wills

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195160991

Category: History

Page: 208

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No American denomination identified itself more closely with the nation's democratic ideal than the Baptists. Most antebellum southern Baptist churches allowed women and slaves to vote on membership matters and preferred populists preachers who addressed their appeals to the common person. Paradoxically no denomination could wield religious authority as zealously as the Baptists. Between 1785 and 1860 they ritually excommunicated forty to fifty thousand church members in Georgia alone. Wills demonstrates how a denomination of freedom-loving individualists came to embrace an exclusivist spirituality--a spirituality that continues to shape Southern Baptist churches in contemporary conflicts between moderates who urge tolerance and conservatives who require belief in scriptural inerrancy. Wills's analysis advances our understanding of the interaction between democracy and religious authority, and will appeal to scholars of American religion, culture, and history, as well as to Baptist observers.
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Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches

Author: Thomas White,Jason G. Duesing,Malcolm B. Yarnell

Publisher: Kregel Academic

ISBN: 0825497574

Category: Religion

Page: 261

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Respected leaders point a way forward in the key debates within the Southern Baptist Convention, one of the largest denominations at more than 16 million members.
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Restore Unity, Recover Identity, and Refine Orthopraxy

The Believers' Priesthood in the Ecclesiology of James Leo Garrett Jr.

Author: Peter L. Tie

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630875864

Category: Religion

Page: 156

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Doctrine divides! Not a few Christians dread doctrine, especially the doctrine of the church (ecclesiology) that allegedly causes much confusion, conflict, and controversy within the church. Many choose to avoid it, but James Leo Garrett Jr., Distinguished Professor of Theology Emeritus at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, is convinced that the much avoided and neglected ecclesiology is the place where the churches must begin to rediscover genuine unity, identity, and orthopraxy. Restore Unity, Recover Identity, Refine Orthopraxy examines Garrett's biblical notion of the universal priesthood. The priesthood concept, properly understood in a communal sense, integrates the mission, membership, ministry, and management of the church. This book is filled with intentional and direct conversations with more than twelve theologians or ecclesiologists from various Christian traditions (Reformed, Pentecostal, Roman Catholic, Mennonite, Baptist, and other Free Church) in order to shed light on Garrett's believers' priesthood doctrine, which eventually points toward a balanced, biblical, and baptist ecclesiology. An ecclesiology rooted in the biblical priesthood does not divide and extinguish but does unite and distinguish!
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The Formation of Christian Doctrine

Author: Malcolm B. Yarnell

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

ISBN: 1433669862

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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The Formation of Christian Doctrine is a high-level academic study of the history of Christian doctrinal development. The book distinguishes at length between the scholarly term “inventio” (making explicit what is implicit in the biblical revelation) and the idea of “invention” (presenting a novelty as Christian teaching that conflicts with the biblical revelation). Specifically, The Formation of Christian Doctrine identifies biblical inerrancy as an inventio but sees the “priesthood of believers” concept as a license to believe “whatever teaching seems right to me.” Sure to be of interest in academic circles, even to those who might disagree with the author, this book will appeal to three major groups: Evangelicals in relation to the twentieth-century development of a detailed doctrine of biblical inerrancy, Baptists in light of both biblical inerrancy and the seventeenth-century development of believer’s baptism, and Roman Catholics because of their respect for tradition and interest in such a challenging conservative Protestant perspective as is found here.
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Baptist Ways

A History

Author: Bill J. Leonard

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 480

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This extensive resource traces significant aspects of Baptist history from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. It surveys basic beliefs, events, and experiences evident in Baptist communities. Leonard explores the effect of the Baptist identity on not just America, but on the world, and includes the emergence of English, British, Irish, and Caribbean Baptists, to name a few. Also skillfully covered is the influence of the Baptist faith in the United States, including the development of African American Baptists and the numerous denominations that emerged in the twentieth century.
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America's religions

from their origins to the twenty-first century

Author: Peter W. Williams

Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr

ISBN: 9780252033056

Category: History

Page: 658

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A panoramic introduction to religion in America, newly revised and updated
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Religion and the Making of Nat Turner's Virginia

Baptist Community and Conflict, 1740-1840

Author: Randolph Ferguson Scully

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 303

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This title provides a different interpretation of the rise of evangelical Christianity in the early American South by reconstructing the complex, biracial history of the Baptist movement in southeastern Virginia.
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