A Choosing People: The History of Seventh Day Baptists

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-08-30
  • Publisher: Mercer Univ Pr
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The freedom and responsibility of choice is one of the basic tenets of Baptist beliefs. Seventh Day Baptists as a part of this Baptist heritage for over 350 years have upheld and practiced that right. The decision to follow the Bible instead of ecclesiastical authority and tradition led them to accept the seventh day of the week as the Sabbath which sets them apart from other Baptists, but as Dr. Winthrop Hudson noted, "Seventh Day Baptists are separate but not sectarian."A Choosing People: The History of Seventh Day Baptists documents the history of this oldest Sabbathkeeping Christian denomination within the framework of both religious and secular history from the Reformation in Europe to modern times in America. Mid-seventeenth century origins amid persecution gave way to gradual decline in England but dramatic growth in America through development of associational relationships during the eighteenth century. Churches struggled to apply ideals of freedom and equality to harsh realities of the American Revolution and Civil War. Nineteenth century expansion with the western frontier fostered organization of a General Conference and related societies in missionary and educational outreach despite continuing tensions between autonomy and associational ties. A mission to China lasted one hundred years and spawned global extension leading to establishment of a World Federation of conferences at the same time that twentieth century social, scientific, organizational, ecumenical, and theological issues challenged all Christian groups.Originally published in 1992, this book has been thoroughly updated to the present, this new edition brings greater accuracy and thoroughness to this engaging history of the choices, struggles, and beliefs of Seventh Day Baptists.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition
Historic Rootsp. 1
Timelinep. 2
Background of Reformp. 5
The English Reformationp. 15
Sabbathkeeping Baptists in Englandp. 31
Timelinep. 32
The Sabbath in Englandp. 35
Baptists in England Who Chose to Keep the Sabbathp. 44
Seventh Day Baptists Under a Restored Monarchyp. 55
Seventh Day Baptists in Americap. 73
Timelinep. 74
Colonial Americap. 77
First Seventh Day Baptist Churches in Americap. 85
Reaching Out in Covenant and Associational Relationsp. 105
Churches and the Struggle for Independencep. 113
Seventh Day Baptists in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 127
Timelinep. 128
Post-Revolutionary Americap. 131
Seventh Day Baptist General Conferencep. 137
Regional Associations of Churchesp. 151
The Rise of Societies: Missionsp. 163
Publishing Interestsp. 179
Educational Pursuitsp. 203
General Conference Special-Interest Agenciesp. 221
A Time for Choosing Directionsp. 237
Seventh Day Baptists in the Twentieth Centuryp. 245
Timelinep. 246
Entering the New Centuryp. 251
Denominational Organization in a Commercial Agep. 254
Choosing Goals in the Twentieth Centuryp. 266
Twentieth-Century International Expansionp. 288
Twentieth-Century Ecumenical Relationsp. 319
Applying the Gospel to Social Issuesp. 334
Theology in a Scientific Agep. 348
The Sabbath in a Sabbathless Agep. 365
Choosing Paths along History's Wayp. 385
Bibliographyp. 395
Indexp. 405
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