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The Ambiguous Partnership of Alexander Campbell and the Baptists

Austin Bennett Amonette
Assistant Professor of Church History and Theology
Houston Graduate School of Theology
aamonette@hgst.edu

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Abstract

An underappreciated aspect of Alexander Campbell’s life and career is his partnership with the Baptists. He represented the Baptists as a Baptist while advocating his own novel ideas. The question “Was Campbell really a Baptist” can be answered with “Yes, but ambiguously so.” Campbell was wary of sectarianism, and many Baptists were wary of his theology and temperament. Campbell’s work as a Baptist exposed the instability of the alliance and the emerging contentiousness resulted from their mutual anxiety.

 
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