From the days of Z. N. Morrell and James Huckins to Bill Pinson and Charles Wade, Baptists have played and continue to play an important role in the religious, secular, and political life of Texas. Over the previous one hundred and fifty years several Texas Baptist histories have been written, but not until now have the documents used in the development of these texts been made available in one resource. In A Texas Baptist History Sourcebook, Joseph E. Early, Jr., has provided the most complete collection of Texas Baptist sources ever issued in one volume. This work consists of church minutes, state and association convention records, denominational newspaper articles, records of Baptist universities, and myriads of other resources. Included in this work are George Washington Truett's sermon "Baptists and Religious Liberty" delivered on the steps of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.; James Milton Carroll's Trall of Blood; J. Frank Norris's railings against the Baptist General Convention of Texas; and countless other sources depicting the many years of Texas Baptist history. This book is designed as a complementary work to Harry Leon McBeth's Texas Baptists: A Sesquicentennia
Joseph E. Early, Jr., is assistant professor of religion at Cumberland College, Williamsburg, Kentucky, where he earned his bachelor's degree. He earned a master of divinity degree at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and doctorate at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He is the author of The Building of A Church: The Centennial History of South Main Baptist Church, Houston, Texas, and A Handbook of Texas Baptist Biography. Harry Leon McBeth, who wrote the foreword, is Distinguished Professor of Baptist History at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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