Dictionary of Heresy Trials in American Christianity

Dictionary of Heresy Trials in American Christianity

Dictionary of Heresy Trials in American Christianity

Dictionary of Heresy Trials in American Christianity

Synopsis

The first of its kind, this volume presents fifty formal and informal trials of individuals and institutions that have been labeled as heretical. These are challenging stories of ministers, professors, and laypersons who literally risked their careers and lives for their understanding of religious truths. From Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson in the colonial period to the latest 1990s casualties in the Southern Baptist Convention, trials from all major periods in American History and from all the major denominations are presented by leading scholars in the study of religious history. Of interest to scholars, students, and the general religious public.

Excerpt

This volume presents the stories of 50 formal or informal heresy trials in the history of American Christianity. The trials are arranged alphabetically, although chronologically the trials range from the early colonial period to recent contemporary time. Each entry attempts an objective, historical, and analytical presentation of the major aspects of the individual's or institution's story of contextual heresy. Four institutions and more than 46 individuals appear here. Most entries contain less than 4,000 words, and only a minimum of internal parenthetical notes is to be found--mainly for longer quotations. A selected bibliography follows the entire group of trials, along with an appendix identifying the trials by denominational family. Since so many of these trials and persons touch one another, an asterisk () has been used for cross-referencing trials found in the book.

Edited volumes have their own set of interesting and sometimes sticky problems, but I must pay the highest compliments and sincerest appreciation to the 40 writers who have joined with me in this effort. We have indeed been a team and a community at work. A special word and mention must be made of Dr. Robert Gustafson and Dr. Max Gray Rogers. To my knowledge, their last scholarly efforts are those found in this volume. Dr. Gustafson's widow mailed his entry to me a few weeks after his death, and Dr. Rogers sent his entry only two months prior to his death. Their commitment to the team and the project may serve as an inspiration to all of the rest of us poor pilgrims of God who struggle along the academic road.

The mechanics of putting things together has been made easier for me by David Martin, Bradley M. Winn, and especially Peggy Smith, typist par excellence. My wife Cathy and others have endured my sometimes rough temperament. Special friends Henry Bowden and Martin Marty have . . .

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