Chapter

Democratic Exclusivism

Gregory A. Wills

in Democratic Religion

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780195160994
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849574 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160994.003.0002

Series: Religion in America

Democratic Exclusivism

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This chapter discusses Baptist exclusivism, gatherings called “conference days” or “conference meetings”, the ritual of Baptist discipline, and trials of church members. It details how discipline defined the nature and purpose of Baptist churches, along with orthodox preaching and an evangelistic mission. Establishing communities separate from the world, they protected their purity through the exercise of democratic authority. Driven by the exclusivist agenda, their monthly “days of discipline” uniquely expressed their democratic religion.

Keywords: Southern Baptists; evangelicals; discipline; exclusivism; Baptist churches

Chapter.  6388 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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