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A brief, narrative survey of the Baptists in North America over the last three and a half centuries, from their roots in Europe to their present manifestations in contemporary America and the world. The six chapters are organized around five distinctives historically important to Baptists: the Bible, the Church, the ordinances/sacraments, voluntarism, and religious liberty. Concluding with a Chronology and extensive Bibliographic Essay, this is an ideal text for courses in Church History, North American Religious History, or American social and cultural history.
Introduction: The Problem of Baptist Identity
An Overview of Baptist History
The Bible: Authority or Battleground?
A New Vision for the Church
Sacraments/Ordinances: Signs of Faith
A New Way: Voluntary Religion
The Struggle for Religious Liberty
Appendix 1: Chronology
Appendix 2: The International Baptist Family