Introduction: Religious Authority and the Democratic Impulse

Gregory A. Wills

in Democratic Religion

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780195160994
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849574 | DOI:

Series: Religion in America

Introduction: Religious Authority and the Democratic Impulse

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This introductory chapter presents an overview of Southern Baptist faith, history, and theology. It details how the Southern Baptist Convention lost control of the national organization to the fundamentalists. It discusses Baptist commitment to democratic principles and individual freedom, and adherence to strict church discipline. It also traces the origins and growth of Southern Baptist churches.

Keywords: Southern Baptists; religious authority; fundamentalism; freedom; democracy; church discipline

Chapter.  3040 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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