Friday, March 28, 2008

Seventh Day Baptist History

For some time I've been engaged in a project of summarizing Seventh Day Baptist history from the origins of the denomination in England in the 17th century up to the present day. It has not been my purpose to provide a detailed chronicle, but rather to place denominational history in the context of the broader history of the United States and the American experience. I've done no original research. My most valuable sources have been Don Sanford's books, Conscience Taken Captive: A Short History of Seventh Day Baptists and A Choosing People: The History of Seventh Day Baptists but I have adapted and added freely and, of course, he bears no responsibility for any errors. I welcome corrections, clarifications and suggestions.
  1. Seventh Day Baptist Origins: England, 1590-1670
  2. Rhode Island to Independence: America, 1670-1790
  3. A Denomination Takes Form, 1790 - 1860
  4. “A Nation cannot long endure…” 1790 - 1865
  5. An Era of Growth and Ferment, 1865 - 1930
  6. "...To Other Parts of the World," 1850-
  7. Defining Who We Are, 1930-
  8. We Glorify Thy Name: Seventh Day Baptists Sing
In addition, some other relevant posts, mostly biographical, can be found here.
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