Baptists on the American Frontier: A History of Ten Baptist Churches of which the Author Has Been Alternately a Member

Mercer University Press, 1995 - 416 ページ
A History of Ten Baptist Churches, first published in the 1820s by author John Taylor, a pioneer Baptist farmer-preacher, has long been recognized as an indispensible source for first-hand information about the religious life of the early American frontier. In his history Taylor recounted the experiences of Baptists in Virginia who championed the cause of religious liberty. He then chronicled the movement of many of those Baptists, including himself, to the wilderness of central and northern Kentucky where their church communities both struggled and flourished.
Taylor's vivid accounts are filled with colorful descriptions of church life, including revivalistic experiences and doctrinal debates; the challenges of being a minister, including coping with meager resources and mediating disagreements; and the problems of rural living, including the dilemma of slavery and property disputes.
Chester Raymond Young has overcome the difficulties faced by the modern reader in deciphering the anacronisms, obscurities, and idiosyncrasies of Taylor's narrative.
Young's edition, the first ever annotated one, features a logical division of Taylor's sentences and paragraphs, a full bibliography of relevant historical works, tables outlining frontier religious rhetoric, and an extensive system of annotation that clarifies and corrects Taylor's account.


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Lower I South River Church
Lunie Creek Church
Gilbert Creek Church
South Elkhorn Church
Clear Creek Church
Bullittsburg Church
Corn Creek Church
Big Spring Church
Buck Run Church
Religious Rhetoric of the Frontier
About the Editor
About this Edition

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83 ページ - I was in trouble. 13 I will offer unto thee fat burnt-sacrifices, with the incense of rams ; I will offer bullocks and goats. 14 O come hither, and hearken, all ye that fear God ; and I will tell you what he hath done for my soul.
62 ページ - Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners ; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
101 ページ - What I've committed to His hands, Till the decisive hour. 4 Then will He own my worthless name Before His Father's face, And in the New Jerusalem Appoint my soul a place.
193 ページ - Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
194 ページ - There was a certain creditor which had two debtors; the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
127 ページ - A man that hath friends must show himself friendly; and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
62 ページ - And now why tarriest thou ? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
194 ページ - This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him ; for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
341 ページ - His way is in the sea, and His path in the great waters, and His footsteps are not known.