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Baptists in America (Columbia Contemporary American Religion Series) Hardcover – April 1, 2005
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Leonard carefully chronicles the clashes...in an instructive and compelling way.(Library Journal)
Leonard's superb historical and cultural study of this diverse denomination offers an understanding of this sometimes perplexing religious group.(Henry L. Carrigan, Jr. ForeWord Magazine)
Leonard has produced an excellent volume on Baptists in America... Recommended,(Choice)
Leonard's book demonstrates an equanimity badly lacking in many of the Baptist debates.(Thomas S. Kidd Journal of Religion)
This book covers everything important about the Baptists of America... With respect, balance, and an obvious, genuine love.(John Crowley, Valdosta State University Journal of Southern History)
This book provides an avenue for consideration of challenges that face Baptists in the dawn of this century.(Omer Hancock Review and Expositor)
[An] excellent and informative volume.(Paul Harvey H-Amstdy)
An excellent overview of Baptist life in America.(Michael E. Williams Baptist History and Heritage)
Baptists in America is engagingly written and remarkably comprehensive.(James P. Byrd Church History)
Bill J. Leonard's Baptists in America is amazingly comprehensive, engagingly relevant, and, typical of Leonard's work, artistically written. Accessible to the historically curious layperson, the book will also effectively serve as a college and seminary text. His predominantly topical approach enriches the study of American Baptist history, and, I believe, helps to promise that his book will have long life and lots of use.(Walter B. Shurden, professor of Christianity and executive director, The Center for Baptist Studies, Mercer University)
Top Customer Reviews
If Baptists in the pews were asked why they attend a Baptist church instead of another denomination many would not have an answer. As separatists from the Church of England, early Baptists sought to rid themselves of the remaining vestiges of Catholic ritualism found in the Protestant denominations and to pattern their worship and polity after the manner of the primitive New Testament church. Baptists have had a tremendous impact in this country for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, there have been times when Baptists failed the Gospel miserably (slavery, segregation, hyper-nationalism). Under the "Baptist" umbrella you'll find a diverse, independent bunch that defies broad categorization but of all the historic mainline Protestant denominations, churches (some, not all) of the Baptist tradition remain most faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
For any Baptist who desires to know the essentials of the history of their faith tradition this book is an outstanding resource. I appreciated the fact that, although this book is part of Columbia University's Contemporary American Religion series, it doesn't get bogged down in overwrought academese. Excellent!