Review by: Doug Weaver, Associate Professor of Religion, Baylor University - July 31, 2011
Antony Chute has provided Baptists (and others interested in 19th century religion) a very readable account of Jesse Mercer’s life – an account long overdue given Mercer’s religious influence among Baptists in the antebellum South. Chute writes about the proponent of the “doctrines of grace” most gracefully, even humorously at times. Grounding his work in fine scholarship, Chute makes Mercer a conversation partner for contemporary issues. For example, Chute’s story of Mercer’s conflict with Primitive Baptists over the doctrines of Calvinism reveals how to make scholarship accessible to all readers. The decision to include the texts of numerous writings from the pen of Mercer enhances the book.