A Piety Above the Common Standard: Jesse Mercer and the Defense of Evangelistic Calvinism

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Mercer University Press, 2005 - Religion - 238 pages
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Jesse Mercer (1769-1841) was a Baptist pastor, editor, and denominational statesman who figured prominently in the debates over Calvinism among Southern clergymen. Most studies of Calvinism in America have focused on Jonathan Edwards, the New Divinity Movement, and the Princeton theologians. Calvinism, however, played a key role in shaping the religious mind of the South, particularly among Baptists who debated the relationship between divine sovereignty and human responsibility as it related to missions, education, and social reform. These debates led to the formation of two Baptist groups, Primitive and Missionary, the latter of which ultimately became Southern Baptists. This book explores the role of Jesse Mercer within these debates as he promoted the first form of the Georgia Baptist Convention. His Calvinistic theology governed his actions and life. He emphasized missions, theological training for pastors, and cooperation between churches in fulfilling the Great Commission. Calvinism is as important a topic today in the study of religion as it ever has been. This book gives perspective and history to current trends and understandings.
 

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Contents

What would the righteous do? Baptist Beginnings in Georgia
1
I have no fears The Life and Times of Jesse Mercer
25
He is rather of the old School Jesse Mercer and Calvinism
61
I want a revival that will last all winter Jesse Mercer and Revival
93
Surely there are some Baptists who may be trusted Jesse Mercer and Missions
127
Words are his tools Jesse Mercer and Ministerial Education
161
A company of horses in Pharaohs chariots Jesse Mercer and Cooperation
189
Be mindful of the designs of grace through you Conclusion
217
Bibliography
223
Index
235
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Page 4 - I saw clearly the hour was come for leaving this place : and, soon as evening prayers were over, about eight o'clock, the tide then serving, I shook off the dust of my feet, and left Georgia, after having preached the Gospel there, not as I ought, but as I was able, one year, and nearly nine months.

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Anthony L. Chute is associate dean of the School of Christian Ministries and associate professor of Church History at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. He received his PhD in Historical Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and MDiv from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. His service to the church includes pastorates in Georgia, Alabama, Wisconsin, and California. He and his wife, Connie, have two children, Amos and Joelle.

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