By Wayne Flynt
Alabama Baptists are a posh humans. even though considered as conservativein either politics and theology, many Baptists turned leaders of the 1890sagrarian rebellion, 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. therefore, interplay ofblack and white Baptists created a special spiritual environment within which peoplewho have been contributors 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. 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 background is a separate tale deserving destiny learn. regardless of social and cultural clash Alabama Baptists helped tame achaotic frontier, sustained a feeling of group, created opportunitiesnot to be had in secular society, formed Alabama politics, and obtainedreligious dominance seldom matched in U.S. background. Wayne Flynt's balanced, exhaustively researched ebook is the 1st aboutAlabama Baptists to be written through a certified historian. Publicationin 1998 marks the one hundred and seventy fifth anniversary of the Alabama nation Baptist conference.
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To the southwest, Montgomery anchored the Alabama Association. Southwest of Montgomery, the Bethel Association lay in the fork of the Alabama and Tombigbee Rivers. To the east of Bethel and dominating south-central Alabama was Alexander Travis's Beckbe Association. 13 After being established in private homes, congregations usually expanded into some larger public building, perhaps a school or courthouse. Next came a crude log building, often without floors or windows. Four logs laid oblong established the foundation.
If Scripture is inerrant, as many Baptists believe, how could they so fundamentally misunderstand its intent when they almost universally used it to defend slavery, segregation, or the rejection of women as voters? These are not "politically correct" questions growing from historical presentism. They are questions of consistency applied to the self-proclaimed values of a people. In a sense, self-criticism is easier now than it was for Holcombe, Riley, and Reid. Internal disagreements were so intense by the late twentieth century that Baptists disagreed with each other more fiercely than they did Page xiv with other denominations or even for a time with the secular culture all around them.
Instead, the family, forewarned of the intrusion, fired into the mob, killing two attackers and wounding others. 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.