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"A History of the
Mahoning Baptist Assoc."

by Mary Agnes M. Smith

(West Virginia Univ. M.A. thesis, 1943)

  • Title Page

  • Preface

  • Excerpts

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    Submitted  in  Partial  Fulfillment
    of  the  Requirements  for  the  Degree  of
    Master  of  Arts
    to  the  Faculty  of  the  Graduate  School
    of  West  Virginia  University


    Mary Agnes Monroe Smith, A. B.

    West Virginia

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    Chapter I


    Religion on the Frontier

    It is widely recognized that America's frontier was of far-reaching significance to the political and economic life of the country during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The influences of the frontier and the frontier spirit on the religious history of the times are equally important. A summary of the historical facts of the development of religion on the frontier must first recognize the influence of the frontier itself on the religious life of the period. The frontier produced a type of eccentric life and theory and of political practice and doctrine, which was typically its own; it also created its own typical religious experience and expression. The result, according to Niebuhr, was the formation of peculiarly western denominations. [1]

    The eastern states were interested in the frontier and the religious problems it had to face. Missionary societies in Massachusetts and Connecticut wished to get an authentic picture of conditions; and in 1813 they appointed two men, B. J. Mills and J. F. Schermerhorn, as their agents "to make a tour through the Western and Southern States and Territories, preach the gospel to the destitute, explore the country, examine the moral and religious state of the people and promote the establishment of Bible societies wherever they went," These men reported that

    1. H. Richard Neibuhr, Social Sources of Denominationalism, pp. 136-137.

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    Campbell's recollections of 1823  (1848)
    Campbell's Debate on Christian Baptism  (1824)
    Campbell on experimental religion/revivals  (1824)
    Baptism of William Church in Pittsburgh  (1826)
    Greatrake's first anti-Campbell pamphlet  (mid 1824)
    Campbell's first reply to Greatrake  (1824)
    Scott's reply to Greatrake  (1824)
    Greatrake's second anti-Campbell pamphlet  (late 1824)
    Campbell's second reply to Greatrake  (1825)
    Greatrake's Redstone Assoc. Letter  (1826)
    Greatrake's third anti-Campbell pamphlet  (1826)
    M'Calla's anti-Campbell pamphlet  (1826)
    Greatrake's Harp of Zion  (1827)
    Greatrake's "Dialogue" with Andrew Fuller  (1828)
    Greatrake's fourth anti-Campbell pamphlet  (1830)
    McCalla's Discussion of Christian Baptism  (1831)
    Greatrake's fifth anti-Campbell pamphlet  (1836)

    Rigdon Among the Baptists - part 1
    Rigdon Among the Baptists - part 2
    Rigdon Among the Baptists - part 3
    Rigdon Among the Baptists - part 4
    Rigdon Among the Baptists - part 5