Academic journal article Baptist History and Heritage

Primitive Baptists of the Wiregrass South: 1815 to the Present

Academic journal article Baptist History and Heritage

Primitive Baptists of the Wiregrass South: 1815 to the Present

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By John G. Crowley. University Press of Florida, 1998. 244 pp.

The Primitive Baptists are one of the most interesting groups contained with the larger Baptist family and may be the most neglected by Baptist historians. In this book, John G. Crowley provides an excellent orientation to this unique group of Baptists. Crowley was reared in the Primitive Baptist tradition, so he speaks with the authority of one who knows the culture and practice of this group personally. Because the book limits its study to Primitive Baptists in South Georgia and Florida, the author is able to delve more deeply into the personalities and particularities of this fascinating group of Baptists. This regional study, therefore, serves as a microcosm of the larger Primitive Baptist family.

Through this study, Crowley describes how cantankerous this group of Baptists can be with opposition to secret societies such as the Masons, divorce and remarriage, individual communion cups, foot washing, and of course, the trademark opposition to evangelism and missionary societies. Yet, Crowley shows the Primitive Baptists of this region were not a monolithic group of people, differing among themselves on many of these issues. …

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