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David R. Brumbelow

Good article. Glad to hear you are working on a new book. Look forward to reading it.

For those who haven't read it yet, get "Alcohol Today" by Peter Lumpkins.
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Steve Lemke

Very interesting, Peter. You've taught me again with a chapter of history I did not know. This 1911 statement is an interesting bookend to the comments by John Leland in 1791 (cited in Dr. Land's chapter in Whosoever Will that the best of Baptist preaching of that day combined "the doctrine of sovereign grace in the salvation of souls, mexed with a little of what is called Arminianism." At the very least, it would appear that Boyce's Calvinism was not representative of many Baptists, and given his Princetonian education, perhaps even something of an anamaly among the educated elite, which had little impact on typical Baptist life of that era.


Dr. Lemke,

Thank you brother.  You have taught me one is never too old to learn :^)

On a serious note, I think you are correct:  strict Calvinism may have had a substantial but nonetheless disproportionate amount of influence among the educated "elite", so to speak, than the larger Baptist masses.  If so, it is not surprising that Calvinism seemed so pervasive since so many of the writing Baptists were also the theologians, professors, etc.

W. Wiley Richards in his book, "Winds of Doctrines: The Origin and Development of Southern Baptist Theology," chronicles the clear pattern of Calvinism waning in Baptist life, arguing while Calvinism was on the offensive at the beginning of the 19th Century, it shows a striking defensive posture by the 1850s. He even offers evidence that the famed strict Calvinist, Jesse Mercer, abandoned Limited Atonement before his death.

I find also interesting the authors’ book on review in my latest post asserts “the latter part of the 19th century marked a low point for Calvinism…” which is consistent with Cody’s view of the theological landscape.

Thanks again.

With that, I am…


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