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Finale Project Religions of the World Southern Baptist Church University of Phoenix Mark S Watson November 1, 2009 Kelly Anderson Roots of Baptist Domination go back to the sixteenth century and the Revolution of England. During this time Reformist were calling for the return to the New Testament, also calling for a strict accountability in their covenant with God. John Smyth a prominent reformer was a strong advocate for adult baptism, also holding the view that God’s saving Grace was for everyone and not just predestined individuals. Because of the work by John Smyth over fifty Baptist Church’s had been established in England during the late sixteenth century. Early seventeenth century the Baptist religion became the target of religious persecution because of their often radical and distinct religious views. Seventeenth century seen British Colonies from England move to America, as they were trying to escape the religious persecution of their home land. With the new immigrants seen the first established Baptist Church in Providence, Rhode Island. However even in America the
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radical ideas about adult baptism the Church could not escape religious persecution. Despite the continuing persecution the Baptist religion continued to expand with churches in North and South Carolina, as well as Virginia, with the oldest church in the south being First Baptist Church in Charleston, South Carolina. During the seventeenth century, through a period of Great Awakening, preachers from the North travelled to the South converting people both black and white. African Americans had become actively involved, even forming black congregations and churches in South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. During this period one of the critical issue’s was that early Baptist and Methodist evangelicals in the South before the Revolution promoted the view of ‘common man equality before God’, embracing African Americans, often challenging hierarchies of class and race, urging planters to release slaves and work towards abolishing it (Cline . A , 2004). This was greatly opposed by the South and as Baptist struggled to establish in the South, the tensions began to increase from the discomfort and tension from the South regarding National criticism of slavery and the issue’s over missions. Foundation of Southern Baptist convention occurred in 1845 after a meeting at First Baptist Church of Augusta. It was established in order to preserve a religious foundation for human slavery. The separation was fueled further by the defense of White Supremacy and the institution of Slavery. African Americans at this stage attempted to move away from White control establishing African American associations and churches within American Christianity. As new generation preachers placed themselves in society they began to iintepretate the bible as supporting the practice of slavery, with ministers even wanting to preserve the right that ministers themselves can be slaveholders. This was refused by the New Mission Society, one of now three Triennial conventions. The newly formed Southern Baptist believers took this as an
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infringement of their rights, further fueling issues. Triennial Convention was formed when
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This note was uploaded on 01/29/2012 for the course AAIT Ethics125/ taught by Professor Pearlman during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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