The Challenge of Being Baptist: Owning a Scandalous Past and an Uncertain Future  -     By: Bill J. Leonard
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The Challenge of Being Baptist: Owning a Scandalous Past and an Uncertain Future

Baylor University Press / 2010 / Paperback

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America's largest Protestant denomination has a serious identity crisis. Many Baptists are turning away from the tradition, while others are uncertain that the affiliation will survive. Leonard explores the historic commitments of this unique people; examines contemporary dilemmas; and evaluates prospects for a Baptist future. An encouraging lesson for members of the faith! 162 pages, softcover from Baylor University.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 162
Vendor: Baylor University Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1602583064
ISBN-13: 9781602583061
Availability: In Stock

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The largest Protestant denomination in the United States is in the midst of a serious identity crisis; many Baptists are revisiting or turning away from the tradition, leaving others to become increasingly uncertain that the denomination can remain viable. Here, however, noted Baptist historian Bill Leonard wades through the murky waters of the Baptist past and explores the historic commitments of this unique people--all in an effort to shed light on its contemporary dilemmas and evaluate the prospects for a Baptist future. While encouraging members of the faith to thoroughly and fairly evaluate their heritage--and its many blunders along the way--Leonard ultimately argues that the Baptists' contentious "audacious witness" shown throughout its history still has a worthy role to play in the twenty-first century.

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