Austin Bennett Amonette
Assistant Professor of Church History and Theology
Houston Graduate School of Theology
An underappreciated aspect of Alexander Campbells 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. Campbells work as a Baptist exposed the instability of the alliance and the emerging contentiousness resulted from their mutual anxiety.