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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.
Leonard's book demonstrates an equanimity badly lacking in many of the Baptist debates.
This book covers everything important about the Baptists of America... With respect, balance, and an obvious, genuine love.
This book provides an avenue for consideration of challenges that face Baptists in the dawn of this century.
[An] excellent and informative volume.
An excellent overview of Baptist life in America.
Baptists in America is engagingly written and remarkably comprehensive.
— Thomas S. Kidd
— John Crowley, Valdosta State University
— Omer Hancock
— Paul Harvey
— James P. Byrd
Leonard's superb historical and cultural study of this diverse denomination offers an understanding of this sometimes perplexing religious group.
— Henry L. Carrigan, Jr.
Leonard has produced an excellent volume on Baptists in America... Recommended,
|Ch. 2||Baptist beginnings||7|
|Ch. 3||Baptists in the twentieth century||33|
|Ch. 4||Baptist beliefs and practices||65|
|Ch. 5||Baptist groups : denominations, subdenominations, and churches||91|
|Ch. 6||Bible, ordinances, and polity : debates and divisions among Baptists||129|
|Ch. 7||Baptists and religious liberty : citizenship and freedom||157|
|Ch. 8||Ethnicity and race in Baptist churches||183|
|Ch. 9||Women in Baptist life||203|
|Ch. 10||Baptists and American culture : "in the world but not of it"||227|