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John T Christian

A History of the Baptists, Volume 1: Together With Some Account of Their Principles and Practices and Prayer

     Dr. John T. Christian’s work is highly acclaimed and recommended by those who are considered scholars in the area of Baptist history. He said: “The testimony here recorded has been taken from many sources. I doubt not that diligent search would reveal further facts of the highest value. As a matter of fact I have a great accumulation of material which would extend into several volumes. In my judgment a Commission should be appointed with ample means to make a thorough search in the Archives of Europe. This book traces the history of early Baptists in America until 1845.” In 1919, Dr. Christian became Professor of Church History at the Baptist Bible Institute, New Orleans, Louisiana (renamed the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1946). He played a major role in the controversies surrounding the restorationist views of Baptist history taught by William Heth Whitsitt (see The Whitsitt Controversy) in the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Louisville, Kentucky. He wrote extensive rebuttals to Whitsitt’s works and eventually published a history of the Baptists written from a successionist’s perspective. The John T. Christian Library of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is named in his honor. According to the seminary, “The basic collection came from the library of the outstanding church historian, John T. Christian, who was the first librarian of the seminary. He gave the school his personal library of 18,000 volumes when he joined the faculty in 1919.” His personal papers are housed in the Archives at the John T. Christian Library, on campus at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

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A History of the Baptists, Volume 1: Together With Some Account of Their Principles and Practices and Prayer

A History of the Baptists of the United States, Volume II: From the First Settlement of the Country to the Year 1845

     This is a republish of Vol 2 of John T. Christian’s “History of the Baptists of the United States, From the First Settlement of the Country to the Year 1845.”  It is 336 pages of packed information. Volume 1 is also available, which deals with history from the time shortly after Christ’s sojourn on earth together with some account of their principles and practices.  It is 412 pages.   (Please see the Preface and Table of Contents for details) Dr. Christian said: “The testimony here recorded has been taken from many sources. I doubt not that diligent search would reveal further facts of the highest value. As a matter of fact, I have a great accumulation of material which would extend into several volumes. In my judgment a Commission should be appointed with ample means to make a thorough search in the Archives of Europe. This book traces the history of early Baptists, first and second centuries after Christ until America.”   Dr. John T. Christian’s work is highly acclaimed and recommended by those who are considered scholars in the area of Baptist history.

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A History of the Baptists of the United States, Volume II: From the First Settlement of the Country to the Year 1845

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