A Piety Above the Common Standard: Jesse Mercer and the Defense of Evangelistic Calvinism

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Mercer University Press, 2005 - 238
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Jesse Mercer (1769-1841) was a Baptist pastor, editor, and denominational statesman who figured prominently in the debates over Calvinism among Southern clergymen. Most studies of Calvinism in America have focused on Jonathan Edwards, the New Divinity Movement, and the Princeton theologians. Calvinism, however, played a key role in shaping the religious mind of the South, particularly among Baptists who debated the relationship between divine sovereignty and human responsibility as it related to missions, education, and social reform. These debates led to the formation of two Baptist groups, Primitive and Missionary, the latter of which ultimately became Southern Baptists. This book explores the role of Jesse Mercer within these debates as he promoted the first form of the Georgia Baptist Convention. His Calvinistic theology governed his actions and life. He emphasized missions, theological training for pastors, and cooperation between churches in fulfilling the Great Commission. Calvinism is as important a topic today in the study of religion as it ever has been. This book gives perspective and history to current trends and understandings.

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What would the righteous do? Baptist Beginnings in Georgia
xiii
I have no fears The Life and Times of Jesse Mercer
23
He is rather of the old School Jesse Mercer and Calvinism
59
I want a revival that will last all winter Jesse Mercer and Revival
91
Surely there are some Baptists who may be trusted Jesse Mercer and Missions
125
Words are his tools Jesse Mercer and Ministerial Education
159
A company of horses in Pharaohs chariots Jesse Mercer and Cooperation
187
Be mindful of the designs of grace through you Conclusion
215
Bibliography
221
Index
233
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Strona 2 - I saw clearly the hour was come for leaving this place : and, soon as evening prayers were over, about eight o'clock, the tide then serving, I shook off the dust of my feet, and left Georgia, after having preached the Gospel there, not as I ought, but as I was able, one year, and nearly nine months.

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