Maritime Calvinistic Baptist piety emerged from a fusion of revivalism and conversion, and introduced dramatic baptisms by immersion. Rapid Baptist growth was one force leading Anglicans, Methodists, and Presbyterians to initiate a spiritual polemical exchange over baptism. By examining the lives and work of six Baptist preachers and theologians, Into Deep Waters illuminates the ways in which the second generation of Baptist preachers not only defended their tradition in lively debates but argued for a broadly based understanding of their spirituality and ministry, rooted in the practice of the Fathers. In an age when denominational identities in North America are often portrayed as ineffectual, Into Deep Waters is a timely reminder that religious traditions can adapt, change, and inspire renewal.
Daniel C. Goodwin is a professor of history at Atlantic Baptist University.
Acknowledgments; Introduction 1 Baptismal Practice, Popular Spirituality, and the Formation of Religious Identity among Maritime Regular Baptists; 2 Harris Harding: A Keeper of Radical Evangelical Piety; 3 Joseph Crandall: The Baptist Patriarch of New Brunswick; 4 Edward Manning and the Search for a Balanced Evangelicalism; 5 "To Wage War against the Baptists": The Maritime Baptismal Controversy, 1811-1848; 6 Charles Tupper: The Making of a Formal Evangelical; 7 Ingraham E. Bill: A Son of the Fathers; 8 Samuel Elder: A Formal and Genteel Evangelical Ministry; 9 The Faith of the Fathers Notes; Bibliography; Index