Introduction: What Are the Baptists? or Who Are the Baptists?.
1. Coming to America.
2. Revivalism and a Fondness for Liberty.
3. Growth and Diversification.
4. The Institutionalization of a Tradition.
5. A Tradition of Several Families.
6. The Pinnacle of Baptist Denominationalism.
7. The Come-outer Tradition.
8. The Uniqueness of African American Baptists.
9. Baptists and the Missionary Impulse.
10. Social Concerns and Mores of an Evangelical Tradition.
11. Baptists Face Modernity.
Appendix List of Baptist Groups in the United States and Canada.
Glossary of Terms in Baptist Usage.
“Baptists in North America – a stellar accomplishment – is the result of a life of Baptist churchmanship and Baptist scholarship. Who in the world knows more about Baptists in North America than William Brackney?” William B. Shurden, The Center for Baptist Studies, Mercer University
“Given the astonishing diversity of Baptist life and thought, not to mention the subtle but real differences between American and Canadian culture, few scholars could write a meaningful history of Baptists in North America, but Bill Brackney has done it. The author has a firm grasp of the chronological and institutional details but also shows his ability to interpret thematically the big picture. This is a valuable piece of work.” Stanley K. Fowler, Heritage Theological Seminary
"Brackney (Baylor Univ.) is one of the foremost scholars of Baptists in North America. Out of that expertise he has produced this new history, which, impressively, is comprehensive yet concise enough not to overwhelm the reader. That makes it ideal for college undergraduates or divinity school students. Brackney analyzes the traditional, distinctive characteristics of Baptists, such as their attention to a believer's church, separation of church and state, soul freedom, and local church autonomy. However, he also describes the process of how Baptists have moved toward denominationalism over the last several centuries. This book will be a valuable addition to any library and can be an excellent resource for the classroom as well.Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers. -- G. Jonas, Campbell University, Choice
"The African American churches need less absolutizing in order to undertake their great task of addressing the still rampant inequality and structural racism that criminalizes so many of their young males and reduces others to passivity. A radical gospel is needed more than ever, and it is to be hoped that this book will stimulate research to galvanize the churches into reflective action."
Theological Book Review
- An inclusive survey of the Baptist tradition in North America over the past 400 years.
- Shows how from a handful of churches on the Atlantic Coast, the Baptist movement spread to become the largest Protestant denomination in the United States.
- Considers the contribution of all Baptists, including those in the United States and Canada, men and women, Caucasians and non-Caucasians.
- Written by a leading authority on Baptist life and thought.
- Includes statistical data, a timeline, lists of Baptist groups and related institutions, and a glossary of terms.