Historians have painted an image of nineteenth-century Baptists huddled in clapboard meetinghouses preaching sermons and making a song hymns, probably blind to the broader global. in accordance with this view, Baptists have been "so heavenly-minded, they have been of no earthly good." missed are the illustrative tales of Baptists combating poverty, selling abolition, petitioning Congress, and debating tax policy.
Politics and Piety is a cautious examine antebellum Baptist lifestyles. it really is obvious in figures reminiscent of John Broadus, whose first sermon promoted temperance, David Barrow, who shaped an anti-slavery organization in Kentucky, and in a Savannah church that all started a ministry to the homeless. not just did Baptists advertise piety for the nice in their church buildings, yet they did so for the betterment of society at huge. notwithstanding they aimed to alter the United States one soul at a time, that's in basic terms a part of the tale. additionally they engaged the political enviornment, forcefully and without delay. easily placed, Baptists have been social reformers.
Relying at the principles of rank-and-file Baptists present in the mins of neighborhood church buildings and institutions, in addition to the preferred, parochial newspapers of the day, Politics and Piety uncovers a theologically minded and arguable circulation to enhance the state. knowing the place those Baptists united and divided is a key to unlocking the variations in evangelical political engagement today.
"For a long time we've got been instructed via historians that early American evangelicals--especially Baptists--were so heavenly minded they have been of no earthly solid. the parable was once that they have been in simple terms attracted to evangelism and private piety. Aaron Menikoff has dispelled the parable and proven persuasively that Baptist leaders of 1770-1860 have been whatever yet disengaged from their tradition and its besetting sins. Social motion was once excessive on their schedule of priorities, now not least simply because they observed reform as an entailment of the gospel of the risen Christ."
--Ben Mitchell, Union college, Tennessee
"Carefully researched and good argued, this ebook bargains a clean research of the dynamic among social reform and private piety between Baptists in antebellum the USA. In telling this tale, Aaron Menikoff destroys numerous sacred cows, together with the person who equates the Baptist dedication to the separation of church and nation with apathy and disrespect for the environing tradition. A ancient examine with modern relevance."
--Timothy George, Beeson Divinity college, Samford college, Alabama
"In this richly researched and hugely readable booklet, Menikoff belies the declare that Baptists, together with Southern Baptists, are 'so heavenly minded they are no earthly good.' whereas underscoring their dedication to evangelism and piety, he demonstrates their far-reaching and lively engagement with social matters and issues of public policy--from dueling to insurrections, to abolition to temperance, to benevolence."
--Mark Coppenger, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kentucky
Aaron Menikoff (PhD, Southern Seminary) is a pastor in Atlanta, Georgia. He formerly served as legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield.