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By Wayne Flynt
Alabama Baptists are a posh humans. even if considered as conservativein either politics and theology, many Baptists turned leaders of the 1890sagrarian rebellion, dedicated partisans of the social gospel early within the 20thcentury, and ardent advocates of the recent Deal. Complexity has additionally characterizedthe denomination's race kin. for almost 5 many years part its memberswere slaves, whereas many different individuals owned slaves. hence, interplay ofblack and white Baptists created a distinct spiritual atmosphere during which peoplewho have been individuals of a similar church buildings interpreted the gospel of liberationin dramatically other ways. After the Civil warfare, Baptist church buildings inthe South divided into white and black congregations. basically white congregationsremained a part of the Southern Baptist conference, whose contributors are knownas Southern Baptists. Black congregations turned a part of the nationwide BaptistConvention, and their historical past is a separate tale deserving destiny examine. regardless of social and cultural clash Alabama Baptists helped tame achaotic frontier, sustained a feeling of neighborhood, created opportunitiesnot to be had in secular society, formed Alabama politics, and obtainedreligious dominance seldom matched in U.S. background. Wayne Flynt's balanced, exhaustively researched ebook is the 1st aboutAlabama Baptists to be written by means of a certified historian. Publicationin 1998 marks the one hundred and seventy fifth anniversary of the Alabama nation Baptist conference.
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Religion and American culture) Includes bibliographical references and index. Title. 1761dc21 97-44003 British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication data available Page v For Alabama Baptists Page vii Contents Preface ix Alabama Baptist Chronology xix 1. . " 1 2. " 35 3. " 65 4. " 112 5. " 157 6. . " 205 7. " 251 8. " 307 9. . " 360 Page viii 10. " 399 11. . " 455 12. " 517 13. " 563 Notes 625 Bibliography 687 Index 707 Page ix Preface The purpose for writing this book was simple: to explain Baptists to themselves and to explain them to others, with a focus on the people who called themselves Alabama Baptists.
This fact makes the work of the denominational historian difficult. Writing about people in the pews (women, African Americans, ethnics), about social status and power relationships, or about the way culture or more accurately various subcultures shaped the denomination may please academics who read the book. But ignoring white males who provided the denomination's leadership, or condemning their defense of conservative values, strikes people within the faith community as the worst kind of presentism, of projecting the values of our time back into the past.
Both the Enon Baptist Church in Huntsville (later First Baptist) and the Eufaula Baptist Church affirmed the Lord's Day or ''Christian Sabbath" as a day of abstaining from secular work and recreation. " They pledged to win others to faith in Jesus and to live circumspectly in the world. . " This little congregation in Barbour County (which was to produce more Alabama governors than any other county) even added an article on government. Because civil officials were divinely appointed to maintain an orderly society, church members should pray for, honor, and obey magistrates ("except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and prince of the kings of the earth").