On the Edge: Baptists and Other Free Church Evangelicals in Tsarist Russia, 1855-1917

On the Edge: Baptists and Other Free Church Evangelicals in Tsarist Russia, 1855-1917

by Albert W. Wardin


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On the Edge: Baptists and Other Free Church Evangelicals in Tsarist Russia, 1855-1917 by Albert W. Wardin

How indigenous was the Evangelical Free Church movement in Tsarist Russia? Was it simply a foreign import? To what extent did it threaten the political stability of the nation and encroach upon the existing Russian and German churches? On the Edge examines the efforts of the regimes to suppress the movement and how the movement not only survived but also expanded. To what extent did the movement bring upon itself unnecessary opposition because of aggressiveness and tactics? Albert Wardin describes the contributions the movement made to the religious life of Russia and examines its numerical success.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620329627
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 10/28/2013
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Albert W. Wardin Jr. is Professor of History Emeritus at Belmont University, where he taught from 1967 to 1993. He has served as an officer of the Southern Baptists Historical Society, Belmont Mansion Association, Tennessee Baptist Historical Society, and Membership Committee of the Baptist World Alliance. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Baptists Around the World, Evangelical Sectarianism in the Russian Empire and the USSR, and Tennessee Baptists: A Comprehensive History.

Table of Contents

Foreword Gregory L. Nichols vii

Preface ix

Part 1 Prologue

1 The Russian Empire at Mid-Century 3

2 The Protestant Presence 9

3 The German Baptist Movement 19

Part 2 Prospects: German and Baltic Beginnings, 1855-1884

4 Baptists Beginnings in the Baltic 29

5 German Baptists in Russian Poland and Volhynia 47

6 Emergence of the Mennonite Brethren 55

7 Mennonite Brethren and German Baptist Relations 68

8 Mennonite Brethren and German Baptists: Identity and Stability 78

Part 3 Prospects: Ukrainian and Russian Beginnings, 1860-1884

9 The Stundist Movement: Preparation and Obstacles 93

10 Ukrainian Stundism 101

11 Stundo-Baptism, Mladostundism, and State Relations 111

12 The Stundist/Stundo-Baptist Community 132

13 Baptists from the Caucasus 151

Part 4 Prospects: The Aristocratic Impulse, 1874-1884

14 The Radstock Phenomenon 169

15 Pashkovite Ascendancy 177

16 Pashkovite Denouement 187

Part 5 Peril, 1884-1905

17 The Attack 203

18 The Suppression 215

19 Evangelical Substratum 232

20 Survival 249

21 Tolerated Confession: Mennonite Brethren, 1885-1905 286

22 Tolerated Confession: German and Baltic Baptists, 1885-1905 295

Part 6 Possibilities and Uncertainties, 1905-1917

23 The Russian Baptist Union: The New Era, 1905-1908 325

24 The Russian Baptist Union: The Era of Reaction, 1909-1914 334

25 The Rivals: Baptists and Evangelical Christians 364

26 Theological Education: The Problems 389

27 Mennonite Brethren: Prosperous and Challenged, 1905-1914 406

28 German and Baltic Baptists: Growth and Stability, 1905-1914 424

29 Evangelical Agencies and Other Religious Bodies 448

30 War and Revolution, 1914-1917 475

Images 495

Maps 499

Bibliography 501

Periodicals 517

Index 521

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