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     This section has increased since the last revision of this introduction. There are articles relating to the influence of Baptists on religious freedom and the Bill of Rights in our U. S. Constitution.

     Early events in Virginia and Kentucky Baptist history are now posted. Reports on revivals, Baptist persecution, doctrinal statments and other articles of interest are in this section. The Catechism by John A. Broadus is a good basic study of Baptist doctrine.

     The following have been on the site for some time:
     The early Minutes of the Elkhorn Baptist Association are recorded in Religion on the American Frontier: The Baptists, by William W. Sweet, published in 1931. The original Constitution and extracts of "Queries" from the churces are in this section. When the churches submitted their annual Letters to the association they sometimes also submitted a query. These were listed in the Minutes and usually dealt with by a committee appointed. As you will note, some were dismissed or deferred to a later date; some were later withdrawn. Often they were doctrinal questions, but there were practical issues addressed as well.

     The revival article by John Mason Peck, a frontier Baptist preacher, missionary and editor, is mainly about revivals in Kentucky during the 19th century. Nearby states are mentioned briefly at the end of the article.

      The Western Baptist Theological Institute was built in Covington, KY after an appropriate location could not be agreed on in the Cincinnati area. Most of the money came from Baptists of the North, so most of the professors appointed were from the northern states. As sentiments were becoming heightened concerning slavery, many southern churches would not recommend their ministerial students to attend the school. It never prospered and closed as the War approached. Most of the records of the institute were transferred to the Georgetown College (KY) Library.

      revised 12/29/2003 - jrd

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