Baptists in America, 1st Edition

  • Bill J. Leonard
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  • ISBN-10: 0231501714
  • ISBN-13: 9780231501712
  • DDC: 286.173
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 316 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released August 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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Offers a historical and sociological portrait of this diverse denomination. Traces the history of Baptists, examines the development of Baptist beliefs and practices, and offers an overview of the various denominations and fellowships within Baptism. Also discusses theological disputes, as well as social and political divisions among Baptists.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Columbia Contemporary American Religion Series.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Half Title Page.
1: Introduction.
2: Baptists in America: A Sectarian Establishment.
3: Baptist Beginnings.
4: Early Baptist Groups.
5: A Dissenting Community.
6: British Baptists: The Eighteenth Century.
7: Baptist Beginnings in America.
8: A National Denomination.
9: Baptists and Education.
10: Denominational Competition.
11: Baptists and Racial Issues.
12: Schism: North and South.
13: Immigrant Baptist Churches.
14: A Social Gospel.
15: Baptists in the Twentieth Century.
16: Denominational Developments.
17: The Mission Enterprise.
18: Laymen's Movements.
19: Ethnic Baptists.
20: Worship Practices in Baptist Churches.
21: Debates and Divisions: The Twentieth Century.
22: Baptists and the Twentieth Century.
23: Baptist Beliefs and Practices.
24: Officers of Baptist Churches.
25: Baptist Beliefs: The American Experience.
26: Baptist Beliefs: A Study in Paradox.
27: Beliefs Affect Practices.
28: Baptist Groups: Denominations, Subdenominations, and Churches.
29: American Baptist Churches in the USA.
30: Seventh Day Baptists.
31: The Southern Baptist Convention.
32: Appalachian-Based Baptists.
33: Arminian Baptists.
34: Ethnic Baptist Groups.
35: Independent Baptists.
36: General Association of Regular Baptist Churches (GARBC).
37: Conservative Baptist Association of America.
38: Landmark Baptist Groups.
39: African American Baptist Denominations.
40: Newer Baptist Groups.
41: Baptist Organizations: Permanent Transition.
42: Bible, Ordinances, and Polity: Debates and Divisions Among Baptists.
43: Baptists and the Bible: Debates Over Biblical Authority.
44: Baptism: Unifying and Dividing.
45: Baptists and the Lord's Supper.
46: Congregational Polity: "Messy" Governance.
47: Contemporary Baptists.
48: Baptists and Religious Liberty: Citizenship and Freedom.
49: Religious Liberty: Early Twentieth Century.
50: Religious Liberty: A Baptist Legacy.
51: Freedom of Religion—Freedom from Slavery.
52: Early Culture Wars: Baptists and Social Crusades.
53: Baptists and American Catholics: The Church/State Debates.
54: The Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs.
55: Federal Aid to Baptist Schools.
56: Baptists and Parochial Schools.
57: Baptists and the New Religious Political Right.
58: Baptists and Religious Liberty: Separatists and Accommodationists.
59: Ethnicity and Race in Baptist Churches.
60: Baptists and Ethnic Communities.
61: Baptists and Race.
62: Independent Baptists and Race.
63: African American Baptists and Civil Rights.
64: Women in Baptist Life.
65: The Women's Sphere.
66: The Bible and Women's Roles.
67: Women and the Churches: Early Ordinations.
68: Women and the Missionary Movement.
69: Baptists and the Ordination of Women.
70: African American Baptist Women.
71: Women's Ordination and Baptist Polity.
72: Baptists and American Culture: "In the World but Not of It".
73: Baptists and the "Culture Wars".
74: Historic Baptist Sectarianism: Class Consciousness.
75: Baptists and Personal Morality: Developing Issues.
76: Social Conscience: Against Culture.
77: The Church "Culture": A Regenerate Church.
78: Baptists and Culture: Evangelism and Pluralism.
Appendix: A Baptist Chronology.
Selected Bibliography.