Southern Baptists

A History of a Confessional People


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About the Book

Southern Baptists have a unique and colorful story. Birthed in the time of slavery controversy, their theology on this and human rights issues has changed as cultural and societal developments occurred. One thing that never changed, however, was their zeal for evangelism. They eventually grew to become the largest Protestant denomination in the United States. Later, a major controversy in the late twentieth century pitted conservative Baptists against moderates. Both sides, however, wrote histories of the controversy from their own perspectives. These histories were significant for understanding how each side interpreted the events. These pages attempt to fill a missing gap. Readers will hear the Southern Baptist story from both sides. Understand from this how Southern Baptists work, think, grow, argue, and have changed over time. They have weathered the ups and downs of history to reveal an ever-growing heritage.

About the Author(s)

Slayden A. Yarbrough is a professor emeritus of religion, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma. He is the author or co-author of five books, and numerous articles.

Michael Kuykendall is a professor of New Testament studies, Gateway Seminary, Ontario, California. He is the author or co-author of four books, serves as president of the Northwest Baptist Historical Society and is the editor of Bible Review Journal.

Bibliographic Details

Slayden A. Yarbrough and Michael Kuykendall
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 228
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8456-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4478-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface (by Slayden A. Yarbrough) 1
Introduction: Southern Baptists: A Denominational Identity 6
1. A Historical Heritage: Foundations, Beginnings, and Developments 13
2. An Ecclesiological Heritage: Agencies, Institutions, and Denominational Structure 39
3. A Heritage of Conflict: The Controversy 69
4. A Heritage of Change: The Restructuring of the Southern Baptist Convention 98
5. A Theological Heritage: A Confessional People 131
Conclusion: A Growing Heritage: Southern Baptists and the Future 172
Chapter Notes 181
Bibliography 207
Index 217