Democratic Religion

Author: Gregory A. Wills
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195160994
Release Date: 2003-03-13
Genre: History

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.

America s Religions

Author: Peter W. Williams
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252075513
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Religion

A panoramic introduction to religion in America, newly revised and updated

Restore Unity Recover Identity and Refine Orthopraxy

Author: Peter L. Tie
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 9781630875862
Release Date: 2012-01-16
Genre: Religion

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!

America History and Life

Author: Eric H. Boehm
ISBN: UOM:39015065458278
Release Date: 1999
Genre: United States

Provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes information abstracted from over 2,000 journals published worldwide.

The Great Catastrophe of My Life

Author: Thomas E. Buckley
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: UVA:X004631858
Release Date: 2002-09-01
Genre: History

From the end of the Revolution until 1851, Virginia legislature turned down two-thirds of all petitions for divorce. Men and women faced a harsh legal system. In this book, Thomas Buckley explores the lives and legal struggles of those who challenged it.

God vs the Gavel

Author: Marci A. Hamilton
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521703387
Release Date: 2007-09-17
Genre: Law

God vs. the Gavel challenges the pervasive assumption that all religious conduct deserves constitutional protection. While religious conduct provides many benefits to society, it is not always benign. The thesis of the book is that anyone who harms another person should be governed by the laws that govern everyone else - and truth be told, religion is capable of great harm.

Religion and the Making of Nat Turner s Virginia

Author: Randolph Ferguson Scully
ISBN: UOM:39015074063648
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Religion

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.


ISBN: STANFORD:36105020630773
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Academic libraries