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This review is from: Democratic Religion: Freedom, Authority, and Church Discipline in the Baptist South, 1785-1900 (Religion in America) (Paperback)
The research in this book is impressive and makes for a fascinating read. Wills argues that the Baptists in the south resisted the influence of modernism and maintained the purity of their churches by practicing biblical church discipline.
There are a lot of lessons to be learned from the book that have bearing on contemporary issues. These Baptists, like many churches today, had to battle against the temptation to do let pragmatism reign in ministry. The Baptists resisted for awhile but many ended up losing the battle in the early 20th century.
Even if you don't like what these Baptists did, the book is informative and insightful.
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