Baptists on the American Frontier Chester Raymond Young

ISBN: 9780865544796

Published: June 1st 1996


416 pages


Baptists on the American Frontier  by  Chester Raymond Young

Baptists on the American Frontier by Chester Raymond Young
June 1st 1996 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 416 pages | ISBN: 9780865544796 | 9.52 Mb

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.

Taylors 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 Taylors narrative.

Youngs edition, the first ever annotated one, features a logical division of Taylors 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 Taylors account.

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