In Search of the New Testament Church: The Baptist Story

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Mercer University Press, 2008 - Religion - 296 pages
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When John Smyth organized the first Baptist church, he wanted to establish the New Testament church; believer's baptism was the missing link. Baptists of subsequent eras often continued the search to embody "New Testament Christianity." Alongside the quest for the New Testament church (and congregational community), Weaver especially highlights the Baptist commitment to religious liberty and the individual conscience. Both chronological and thematic, this book addresses such themes as the role of women, the social gospel, ecumenism, charismatic influences, and theological emphases in Baptist life.
 

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Contents

Early English Baptists The Search for the New Testament Church Begins
9
Baptist Origins in America The Search for the New Testament Church Begins Again
32
Baptists in America during the Eighteenth Century The Quest for New Testament Faith through Revivalism and Religious Liberty
51
Antebellum America Baptist Democratization Denominational Centralization and Slavery or Baptists and Their Different Bibles
87
18501950 and Baptists in the North The Strength of Denominational Efficiency the Challenges of Rapid Change and Conflict
114
In Search of a New Testament Church Southern Style
146
1950 to the Present American Baptists Confront the Future
180
1950 to the Present Baptists in the South Battle for Denominational Identity
186
AfricanAmerican Baptists From the Slave Cabin to a National Podium
201
Baptists An International Movement
215
Epilogue
251
A Bibliographical Note
254
Index
279
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C. Douglas Weaver is the director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Religion at Baylor University.

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