This is a biographical study which surveys the life and career of Boston Baptist Adoniram Judson Gordon (1836-1895) and examines pre-millennialism as his motivation and source of his theological understanding. The study examines a moderate Calvinistic Baptist, tracing his theological development and analyzing his embrace of pre-millennialism and its substantial impact on his pastorate, denominational work, relationships, and enterprises. Gordon's significant role in the shaping of late nineteenth-century North American Evangelical Protestant Christianity is demonstrated in this biography.
Scott M. Gibson is Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Preaching and Ministry at Gordon-Convwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts.
Chapter 1 Dedication Chapter 2 List of Plates Chapter 3 Abbreviations of Libraries and Archives Chapter 4 Abbreviations of Periodicals Chapter 5 Acknowledgments Chapter 6 Introduction Chapter 7 Of Beginnings and Books Chapter 8 Setting the Pace for the Future: Jamaica Plain and the Trends of Ministry (1863-1869) Chapter 9 The Power of a Perspective: Ministry and Clarendon Street Baptist Church the First Twenty Years (1869-1890) Chapter 10 "A Missionary-Hearted Pastor:" The Task of Missions Chapter 11 "A Declaration of Salvation:" A Defense of the Preaching Woman Chapter 12 "A Pretty Strong Team:" A.J. and Maria Hale Gordon Chapter 13 The Boston Missionary Training School: A New Departure for Men and Women Chapter 14 Likely Alliances: Gordon, Premillennialism, and Social Concern Chapter 15 Editing a Premillenarian Journal Chapter 16 Triumph and Victory: The Final Years 1890-1895 Chapter 17 Conclusion Chapter 18 Endnotes Chapter 19 Bibliography Chapter 20 General Index Chapter 21 Index of Persons