Academic journal article Baptist History and Heritage

A Choosing People: The History of the Seventh Day Baptists

Academic journal article Baptist History and Heritage

A Choosing People: The History of the Seventh Day Baptists

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A Choosing People: The History of the Seventh Day Baptists. By Don A. Sanford, Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2012. 430 pp.

Don Sanford's history of the Seventh Day Baptists was originally published by the Seventh Day Baptist Historical Society in 1992, and the publication of a second edition twenty years later testifies to Sanford's scholarship and the enduring Seventh Day Baptist legacy. Sanford died before the second edition of A Choosing People was published, but the updates and revisions scattered throughout the book reflect recent research and events from the late twentieth century. Otherwise, the second edition is largely identical to the first.

A Choosing People is divided into five parts (twenty-six chapters), each including its own timeline:

1. Part one, "Historic Roots," introduces the continental and English reformations before turning to examine briefly Baptist origins in the seventeenth century.

2. Part two, "Sabbath-keeping Baptists in England," provides a thorough and readable account of the rise and ultimate decline of the Seventh Day Baptist movement in England.

3. Part three, "Seventh Day Baptists in America," examines how the seed that produced little fruit in England "was carried to America, where it took root and continued to give men and women the opportunity to 'choose ye this day whom you will serve'" (p. …

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