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Associations, Creeds, and Calvinism

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/9780195160994.003.0008

Series: Religion in America

Associations, Creeds, and Calvinism

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the relationships between Baptist churches. Baptist churches cooperated with one another in large part in order to define and protect the boundaries of primitive democratic religion. When Baptists organized new churches, they invited “helps”—ministers of other congregations, who examined the applicants, assessed their proposed constitution, and evaluated their orthodoxy. The chapter then discusses Calvinism, the exclusivism of orthodoxy, and Baptist views regarding creeds.

Keywords: Southern Baptists; Baptist churches; Calvinism; exclusivism; creed

Chapter.  7786 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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