Baptists in North America: An Historical Perspective / Edition 1

Baptists in North America: An Historical Perspective / Edition 1

by William H. Brackney
     
 

Who are the Baptists? A leading authority on Baptist life and thought has written an engaging and illuminating portrait of the largest Protestant denomination in the United States (and the fourth largest in Canada) today. Starting with the scattering of churches along the Atlantic coast in the pre-colonial era, Brackney covers 400 years of Baptist history and… See more details below

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Who are the Baptists? A leading authority on Baptist life and thought has written an engaging and illuminating portrait of the largest Protestant denomination in the United States (and the fourth largest in Canada) today. Starting with the scattering of churches along the Atlantic coast in the pre-colonial era, Brackney covers 400 years of Baptist history and tradition.

This history emphasizes the great diversity and adaptability that Baptists in North America have consistently exhibited and highlights the role of early Baptists as advocates of religious liberty, the separation of church and state, and universal healthcare; and it reflects on the reasons for the schisms that have arisen within the Baptist movement. Throughout, the author pays attention to different Baptist traditions, giving a rounded picture of the way they have taken shape in the United States and Canada. The book also includes statistical data, a timeline and lists of Baptists groups and related institutions, and a glossary of terms.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405118644
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Series:
Religious Life in America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Meet the Author

William H. Brackney is the Millard R. Cherry Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology and Ethics and the Director of the Arcadia Centre for Baptist and Anabaptist Studies at Arcadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He is the author or editor of over twenty previously published books and has served on the Human Rights Commission of the Baptist World Alliance.

Table of Contents

Introduction : what are the Baptists? : or who are the Baptists?1
1Coming to America8
2Revivalism and a fondness for liberty24
3Growth and diversification44
4The institutionalization of a tradition76
5A tradition of several families106
6The pinnacle of Baptist denominationalism130
7The come-outer tradition146
8The uniqueness of African American Baptists175
9Baptists and the missionary impulse199
10Social concerns and mores : the legacy of an evangelical tradition225
11Baptists face modernity257
AppList of Baptist groups in the United States and Canada

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