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The Trail of Blood [Kindle Edition]

J. M. Carroll
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This book covers the history of the Baptists from the time of Christ to the present day. It includes an excellent chart in the back showing not only the origin of the Baptists, but also the rise of the Roman Catholic Church and the origin of Protestantism. This book is also available in paperback for $2.00 on the publisher's website: Book Heaven-Challenge Press (http://www.baptist-books.com/product/CP-211-948.html)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Factual Book December 20, 2013
By Matt
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Great Book.

Reassured my faith in the Baptist teachings. Would recommend to anyone having questions about religions and where the types originated. Great piece for historical studying.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars j m carroll February 23, 2013
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Old favorite, good to read it again. great champion of the Faith. Good documentation of historical facts. reccomend it to all.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and thought provoking. December 30, 2013
By IHiJump
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This "book" is actually a compilation of a series of lectures given by Bro. Carroll at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church. The information in the book and, just as important, the (short) list of referenced documentation is invaluable. The source list is given because Bro. Carroll doesn't expect one to take his lectures all at face value.

The problem with most "researchers" is they take too much at face value without considering the complete context of source writings. For instance, would you trust Catholic or Protestant (Reformers') writings about the beliefs & practices of these churches? Unfortunately, most critics of this work do. They don't realize that Catholics and Reformers MUST disagree with this work because to agree with it would mean they would have to disagree with their own alleged history.

So, before you critique this work for its accuracy, do what Bro. Carroll did and research the writings in full. I would direct you to search out "The History and Theology of the Ancient Vallenses and Albigenses" by George Sanley Faber (it's on Carroll's source list).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for the Baptist February 7, 2013
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Thank God for the Baptist who gave their lives and stood for our religious liberties. If you're of the Baptist denomination, and if you don't know why you call yourself a baptist, then you must read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tracing religious faiths December 24, 2013
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I was interested in how various religious denominations started. A bit too deep for me in the beginning, but then it got to what I wanted to know. Good, short book in lecture style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting March 22, 2013
By Andy
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Quite an interesting read. Seemingly accurate and brings into perspective the uniqueness of this denomination. Very well organized and written.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Landmarkism and Baptist Origins February 11, 2015
By C. J.
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I gave this pamphlet 3 stars because it is the classic expression of a movement within the Baptist denomination known as "Landmarkism." It is good to read if you understand its context. The Trail of Blood has been called "successionism" because Landmarkers believe that the Baptist church has existed in unbroken succession since Jesus was baptized at the Jordan River by John the Baptist. (It is also called the JJJ theory.) Landmarkist beliefs began circulating in the 1830s and stem primarily from the teaching of J.R. Graves who was a Baptist editor and preacher in Tennessee. Graves taught that Baptist churches are the only true churches; the true church is local and visible and that the Baptist church and the kingdom of God are one and the same. Landmarkism split Baptist churches and threatened the unity of the denomination after the Civil War. This pamphlet was written by J. M. Carroll, the brother of the prominent Texas Baptist and founder of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, B. H. Carroll. (Baptist historians still debate whether or not B. H. Carroll espoused Landmarkist views.) Most Baptist historians today contend that Baptists derived from English Separatism in the 17th Century. Some believe that Baptists were also influenced by Dutch Anabaptists. It is abundantly clear that Baptists were not connected to groups such as the Donatists or Waldensians mentioned in this pamphlet. For more on Baptist history see: H. Leon McBeth, The Baptist Heritage (1987); Walter Shurden, Not a Silent People (1995); Bill Leonard, Baptist Ways (2003); C. Douglas Weaver, In Search of the New Testament Church (2008) and David W. Bebbington, Baptists Through the Centuries (2010).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Falls woefully short of its goal April 23, 2014
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This book sets a lofty goal, to show that the congregations founded by the Apostles after the ascension of Christ lead directly to the Baptist church of this day. I happen to agree with that assertion, but it is not proved in this book. There are enormous gaps of time that are not even mentioned, and the entire basis for the claims of descendance seem to be that this group or that was persecuted the most by another group or groups.

I was hoping to find a book that would reference ancient texts, historical documents, archeological finds, etc., that showed how there had always been a group of Christians who believed:
- Salvation is open to all
- Salvation is gained by belief in the sacrifice made by Christ
- Salvation is not of works (although works are a natural outward expression of salvation)
- Baptism is by immersion
- Baptism is neither necessary nor sufficient for salvation
- The Bible and its clear, literal teachings are the final authority for the Church
- Congregational autonomy
- That every Christian is a priest commanded to, "preach the Gospel to every creature"
- That every Christian may approach the throne of the Most High directly as joint heirs with Christ

This book fails to present any evidence for that progression. Yes, there is a long history of persecution of Christians by other Christians, but this book does not present any evidence that this was because of one group holding to the original teachings of Jesus and the Apostles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book!
Published 11 days ago by Richard Kennedy
2.0 out of 5 stars Subjective
This book had some interesting insights but I had to research them elsewhere to get the complete story. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Alan L. Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars it's good to know where you come from
If you're a Baptist, it's good to know where you come from. This book tells you.
Published 14 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book and history.
Published 23 days ago by Tim4Yeshua
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Eye opening, and worth investigating. I had always thought that all non catholic churches came from the reformation. This book raises more questions than answers in my opinion. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Noah
5.0 out of 5 stars This is perhaps the most researched book on church history ...
This is perhaps the most researched book on church history!! Dr. Carroll must have spent YEARS researching this book. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Donald W. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book. All blood bought Christians (or anyone interested ...
Wonderful book. All blood bought Christians (or anyone interested in the history of ) should own a copy of this book.
Published 1 month ago by Rita Gaddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is the Best History of Jesus Christ's church from His time until present day
Published 1 month ago by Terry L. Herbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful history of faaith
Published 2 months ago by Glenn Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAY Buy
LOVE thi book!! Very happy!!
Published 3 months ago by Rick
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