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Baptist Democracy, A: Separating God and Caesar in the Land of the Free
By author: Lee Canipe
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: P427
ISBN: 9780881462395
Product Format: Paperback
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Price: $27.00
In this book, Canipe traces the rise of Baptist democracy as reflected in the work of three prominent leaders who made significant contributions to Baptist life between 1900 and 1925. Celebrating the harmony between the principles of their church and the ideals of their state, these three Baptists eloquently articulated what, by the turn of the twentieth-century, had become an article of faith for many of their fellow Baptists: What American democracy is to worldly government, Baptist principles are to religion—God’s chosen way for humanity.

I Will Sing the Wondrous Story : A History of Baptist Hymnody in North America
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: P429
ISBN: 9780881462432
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Baptists have a long and rich heritage of congregational song. The hymns Baptists have sung and the books from which they have sung them have been shaping forces for the theology, worship, and piety of the denomination. Baptist authors and composers have provided songs that have made an impact not only among Baptists in America, but also across denominational and geographic lines. Congregational singing continues to a be key component of Baptist worship.

Turning Points in Baptist History: A Festschrift in Honor of Harry Leon McBeth
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: P430
ISBN: 9780881462449
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Price: $30.00
Taking significant events in Baptist history, the writers tell the amazing Baptist story of the voluntary approach to the Christian faith in popluar, nontechnical but appealing ways. The intentionally brief chapters are, for the most part, void of heavy, historical notes. Designed as an introductory study for students, laity, and parish ministers, more advanced students will also benefit from a close reading of this text.

Diverging Loyalties: Baptists in Middle Georgia during the Civil War
By author: Bruce T. Gourley
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: H833
ISBN: 9780881462586
Product Format: Hardback
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Price: $35.00
Baptists in the South, rapidly rising to challenge Methodists numerically helped align Southern religion with the South's black slave culture. The birth of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1945, formed in order to preserve God's will for the African race, signaled the inevitability of war. This book explores the myriad of ways in which Baptists in Middle Georgia helped shape history before, during, and after the Civil War.

Father Mercer: The Story of a Baptist Statesman
By author: Anthony L. Chute
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: P436
ISBN: 9780881462623
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Price: $20.00
Father Mercer tells the story of the life and labors of Jesse Mercer, a leader in Georgia Baptist life during the first half of the nineteenth century. Yet, rather than telling the story of a larger-than-life pastor with whom few “ordinary” pastors can identify, the books reveals how one who is faithful in small things can, over time, bear much fruit for the Lord.

Nurturing the Vision: First Baptist Church, Raleigh, 1812-2012
By author: W. Glenn Jonas Jr.
Product Code: H845
ISBN: 9780881462838
Product Format: Hardback
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Price: $35.00
The First Baptist Church of Raleigh, North Carolina was established on March 8, 1812. Throughout two centuries of existence it has become one of the most prominent Baptist churches in North Carolina and has been a steady presence for the religious community in the city of Raleigh. This book examines the rich, 200-year history of this historic congregation from its inception in 1812 to the present. More than just a simple history of a congregation, the church’s history is recounted within its context, nationally, regionally, and within the broader context of Baptist history.

A Choosing People: The History of Seventh Day Baptists
By author: Don A. Sanford
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: H846
ISBN: 9780881462845
Product Format: Hardback
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Price: $35.00
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. 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. Originally published in 1992, this book has been thoroughly updated to the present and brings greater accuracy and thoroughness to this engaging history of the choices, struggles, and beliefs of Seventh Day Baptists.

The Father of Landmarkism: The Life of Ben M. Bogard
By author: J. Kristian Pratt
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: H869
ISBN: 9780881464344
Product Format: Hardback
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Price: $35.00
Ben M. Bogard was the preeminent leader of Landmark Baptists during the first half of the twentieth century. He was the personification of polemics, engaging the political, cultural, and religious issues of his day. Whether he was debating Aimee Semple McPherson, accusing J. Frank Norris of failing to preach the fundamentals of the faith, campaigning to outlaw the teaching of evolution, or condemning the ecumenical movement, Bogard never ceased defining and defending his understanding of the true Christian faith. This book, the first scholarly biography of one of the most important Baptists in twentieth-century America, traces Bogard’s life as he rose to prominence, organized Landmark Baptists, created a seminary and publishing enterprise, and became the father of the modern Landmark Baptist movement.

Baptists in Early North America–Swansea, Massachusetts Volume I
Publisher: Mercer Universtiy Press
Product Code: H871
ISBN: 9780881464399
Product Format: Hardback
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Price: $60.00
Baptists in Early North America—Swansea, Massachusetts, is the first volume to appear in the BENA Series. Volume 1 covers the period 1649 to 1844. Known in part as the “Ilston Book,” it is the oldest surviving record of a Baptist congregation in North America and contains equally unique material from the Welsh period of the congregation gathered by John Myles.

Baptists in Early North America–First Baptist, Providence, Volume II
Edited by: J. Stanley Lemons
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: H873
ISBN: 9780881464436
Product Format: Hardback
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Price: $60.00
Baptists in Early North America—First Baptist, Providence, is the second volume to appear in the BENA Series. This church, also known as the First Baptist Church in America, was founded in 1638 by Roger Williams and a group of religious outcasts from Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Thomas Grantham: God’s Messenger from Lincolnshire
By author: John Inscore Essick
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: H876
ISBN: 9780881464610
Product Format: Hardback
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Price: $30.00
Thomas Grantham (1633/34–1692) provided important leadership as an English nonconformist and General Baptist polemicist and messenger in the second half of the seventeenth century. Grantham was baptized around 1652 in the Baptist church at Boston, Lincolnshire, and became one of the most significant Baptist figures of the period, yet no major historical study of Grantham has appeared until now.

Separation of Church and State: Founding Principle of Religious Liberty
By author: Frank Lambert
Product Code: H884
ISBN: 9780881464771
Product Format: Hardback
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Price: $29.00
Frank Lambert tackles the central claims of the Religious Right "historians" who insist that America was conceived as a "Christian State," that modern-day "liberals" and "secularists" have distorted and/or ignored the place of religion in American history, and that the phrase "the separation of church and state" does not appear in any of the founding documents and is, therefore, a myth created by the Left. He discusses what separates "bad" history from "good" history, and concludes that the self-styled "historians" of the Religious Right create a "useful past" that enlists the nation's founders on behalf of present-day conservative religious and political causes. The result exposes the Religious Right "history" as fabrications and half-truths. In fact, one of the foundational principles of the Constitution is that of separation as the key to safeguarding freedom: separation of powers, separation of federal and state governments, and separation of church and state.

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