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

By Wayne Flynt

Alabama Baptists are a posh humans. even if considered as conservativein either politics and theology, many Baptists grew to become leaders of the 1890sagrarian insurrection, dedicated partisans of the social gospel early within the 20thcentury, and ardent advocates of the hot Deal. Complexity has additionally characterizedthe denomination's race family members. for almost 5 a long time part its memberswere slaves, whereas many different participants owned slaves. hence, interplay ofblack and white Baptists created a distinct spiritual surroundings within which peoplewho have been individuals of an identical church buildings interpreted the gospel of liberationin dramatically alternative ways. After the Civil warfare, Baptist church buildings inthe South divided into white and black congregations. in simple terms white congregationsremained a part of the Southern Baptist conference, whose individuals are knownas Southern Baptists. Black congregations turned a part of the nationwide BaptistConvention, and their heritage is a separate tale deserving destiny learn. 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. heritage. Wayne Flynt's balanced, exhaustively researched publication is the 1st aboutAlabama Baptists to be written by means of a qualified historian. Publicationin 1998 marks the one hundred and seventy fifth anniversary of the Alabama kingdom Baptist conference.

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Such good humor from librarians and archivists across the South made the years pass agreeably if not rapidly. I owe a particular debt of gratitude to friends who read the book in manuscript and corrected numerous factual errors. Charles H. Lippy, Samuel S. , Bill J. Leonard, Lee N. Allen, Frances Hamilton, Marlene Rikard, Elizabeth Wells, Shirley Hutchens, and Earl Potts are due more gratitude than mere friendship can provide. So is Nicole Mitchell, editor in chief of The University of Alabama Press, who shepherded this project to completion.

Payne, whose remains lie nearby, was not so fortunate. Born two years before the great earthquakes began, she died in July 1828, only nineteen years old. If ordinary mortals needed any reminding, H. L. Horn's tombstone in the Clairmont Baptist Church cemetery conveyed a macabre message: "Please remember man, as you pass by, As you are now, once was I. As I am now, you must be. "5 In a way hardly comprehensible to succeeding generations, life was a perilous journey. This world was not their home.

Payne, whose remains lie nearby, was not so fortunate. Born two years before the great earthquakes began, she died in July 1828, only nineteen years old. If ordinary mortals needed any reminding, H. L. Horn's tombstone in the Clairmont Baptist Church cemetery conveyed a macabre message: "Please remember man, as you pass by, As you are now, once was I. As I am now, you must be. "5 In a way hardly comprehensible to succeeding generations, life was a perilous journey. This world was not their home.

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