Baptists in America

Baptists in America

by Bill J. Leonard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231127022

ISBN-13: 9780231127028

Pub. Date: 04/20/2005

Publisher: Columbia University Press

From Little Dove Old Regular Baptist Church, up a hollow in the Appalachian Mountains, with its 25-member congregation, to the 18,000-strong Saddleback Valley Church in Lake Forest, California, where hymns appear on wide-screen projectors; and from Jerry Falwell, Jesse Helms, and Tim LaHaye to Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson, Bill Clinton, and Maya Angelou,

Overview

From Little Dove Old Regular Baptist Church, up a hollow in the Appalachian Mountains, with its 25-member congregation, to the 18,000-strong Saddleback Valley Church in Lake Forest, California, where hymns appear on wide-screen projectors; and from Jerry Falwell, Jesse Helms, and Tim LaHaye to Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson, Bill Clinton, and Maya Angelou, Baptists are a study in contrasts. At first glance, Baptist theology seems classically Protestant in its emphasis on the Trinity, the incarnation of Jesus Christ, the authority of Scripture, salvation by faith alone, and baptism by immersion. Yet interpretation and implementation of these beliefs have made Baptists one of the most fragmented denominations in the United States. Indeed, they are often characterized as a people who "multiply by dividing."

This book introduces readers to this fascinating and diverse denomination, offering a sociological portrait of a group numbering some thirty million members. Bill J. Leonard explores Baptist history, beliefs, practices and disputes, as well as contributions to American culture and the religious landscape. Leonard also discusses the major controversial issues within the denomination, including race, the interpretation of scripture, the role of women in the church, the separation of church and state, religion and politics, ethics, and sexuality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231127028
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
04/20/2005
Series:
Columbia Contemporary American Religion Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Chapter 1Introduction1
Chapter 2Baptist Beginnings7
Chapter 3Baptists in the Twentieth Century33
Chapter 4Baptist Beliefs and Practices65
Chapter 5Baptist Groups: Denominations, Subdenominations, and Churches91
Chapter 6Bible, Ordinances, and Polity: Debates and Divisions Among Baptists129
Chapter 7Baptists and Religious Liberty: Citizenship and Freedom157
Chapter 8Ethnicity and Race in Baptist Churches183
Chapter 9Women in Baptist Life203
Chapter 10Baptists and American Culture: "In the World but Not of It"227
AppendixA Baptist Chronology255
Notes259
Selected Bibliography281
Index287

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