Alabama Baptists: Southern Baptists in the heart of Dixie by Wayne Flynt

By Wayne Flynt

Alabama Baptists are a fancy humans. even if considered as conservativein either politics and theology, many Baptists turned leaders of the 1890sagrarian riot, committed partisans of the social gospel early within the 20thcentury, and ardent advocates of the hot Deal. Complexity has additionally characterizedthe denomination's race family. for almost 5 many years part its memberswere slaves, whereas many different participants owned slaves. hence, interplay ofblack and white Baptists created a special non secular surroundings during which peoplewho have been contributors of an identical church buildings interpreted the gospel of liberationin dramatically alternative ways. After the Civil battle, Baptist church buildings inthe South divided into white and black congregations. basically white congregationsremained a part of the Southern Baptist conference, whose contributors are knownas Southern Baptists. Black congregations grew to become a part of the nationwide BaptistConvention, and their historical past is a separate tale deserving destiny research. regardless of social and cultural clash Alabama Baptists helped tame achaotic frontier, sustained a feeling of neighborhood, created opportunitiesnot on hand in secular society, formed Alabama politics, and obtainedreligious dominance seldom matched in U.S. historical past. Wayne Flynt's balanced, exhaustively researched e-book is the 1st aboutAlabama Baptists to be written by way of a certified historian. Publicationin 1998 marks the one hundred and seventy fifth anniversary of the Alabama kingdom Baptist conference.

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In the ensuing melee, Burgess was stabbed to death and one of his daughters was killed by a shotgun blast. The other females engaged in hand-to-hand combat with knives. Members of the mob who could still do so fled the county. The Baptist editor dutifully reported the bad reputation of the family but vigorously defended their resistance, asking his readers what they would do differently if an armed band kicked open their door in the dead of night. Even at the state's highest seat of learning, the University of Alabama, a shooting occurred the same year as the Burgess affair.

17 Associations prospered as the number of churches increased. Although this voluntary grouping of churches initially tended to follow geographical features, the rise of antimission sentiment soon divided associations along theological lines as well. Associational meetings usually occurred in the fall and lasted from Friday through Saturday or Sunday. Any church desiring to participate elected one or more representatives and sent a letter detailing the statistical record of the church. Meetings opened with a sermon preached by a minister selected the previous year.

Throughout the nineteenth century, many rural Baptist churches met not at all during winter and spring. Obstacles so formidable make even more significant the blossoming of evangelical religion on the Alabama frontier. Whether as talisman against earthquake, flood, or drought, or as hope for life to come, evangelical Christianity sprang from Alabama's soil as prolifically as corn or cotton. Although the expression of their faith was altered in time by the graft of a new frontier culture, the seed they planted was doctrinally ancient and uniform.

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