More Ole Miss memories !Ah the joy of writing a 145 page Thesis on Hip Flexors and having a professor make changes on pages 4, 25 76, 97 etc and have to have every page retyped at a dollar per page!!! Not even mentioning about working on dissertation.
out here in the boonies have a Greek church just up the road that has all the domes on the roof.
I wish I could read his final paper, sounds interesting, especially since I grew upI graduated from Baylor in '68, back when it was still a Southern Baptist school. My best and favorite History teacher (my major) was Dr. Rufus Spain. He had graduated from Vanderbilt and had published his final paper as "At Ease in Zion." about how the Southern Baptists had dealt with the social issues from the end of Reconstruction to WW1.
While visiting Waco three years ago, I encountered Dr. Spain in his front yard. We had a very pleasant conversation; he was still sharp and very active -- drives himself, President of the Baylor Retired Professors group, etc -- at age 97.
When Richmond fell, the men left behind in the city, many were denominational preachers with congregations. They needed special permission to open their doors and succor the crowds. One of the controversies for holding prayers and sermons was stated by Union command to offer one for Lincoln, which was declined and withheld. This was a volatile point when one of the generals allowed the proceedings to continue without the mandatory prayer to Lincoln and the Union. It chaffed Dana, Grant, Wetzel, and possibly Meade.A number of years ago, at a gathering of American Baptist clergy, we were discussing inter-conference Baptist relationships, principally American Baptist and southern Baptist. I accidentally became the subject matter expert du jour because I paid attention not only to how the conflict of the mid 1800s resulted in the Baptist split, but also to how the Civil War effected associations and congregations. For a hundred years afterwards, those relationships were still effected, although no one knew why anymore and they became part of other ensuing controversies (like the fundamentalist/modernist issue of the 20th century).
There were indeed other issues. Among Baptists, Landmarkism was a major highly divisive movement in the mid 1800s.When I first posted a comment on this thread months ago, I said that I was not going to enter into a theological debate.
That fact hasn't changed.
However, for historical context ... I must say not only the Baptists, but many Protestant Churches within the USA were never one cohesive group from the start.
While the obvious political split within the Baptist Church (immediately preceding the War) is the most famous, "break-away" groups
had been forming almost 20 years before the ACW. From what I understand, nothing about secular issues of the day seemed to be an excuse for these separations.
Although I'm not qualified to bring this up, I do find the topic interesting.
It seems to me these differences were primarily biblical interpretation and Church Authority.
I hope our clergy members can correct me if I'm wrong, and also enlighten all of us about this rarely discussed aspect of United States history.