A SPLENDID REFERENCE
WORK FOR BUSY WORKERS
A RECORD OF THE STRUGGLES
AND TRIUMPHS OF BAPTIST PIONEERS AND
N. H. PIUS, D. D.
NATIONAL BAPTIST PUBLISHING BOARD
In sending forth this little volume we make no claim of having written fully of the rise, sufferings and achievements of Baptists. Believing that there is an imperative demand for an outline history of the Baptists that would be comprehensive enough to include all branches of the family? East and West, North and South, black and white? We have attempted to meet this demand. Never before have young Christians been called upon to study and to train themselves for Christian service as they are being called upon now, and it is therefore essential that they have knowledge and facts put within their reach. It is inspiring to note how the various denominations are responding to the call; how the men and women of Christian culture and religious zeal are giving the best efforts of their broad minds to the proper development of the present generation of young Christians who are even now being called to leadership in the ever increasing number of new movements among the young people of our churches.
Next to the personal call of the Master the greatest incentive to young Christians is a record of the glorious achievements of their noble fathers who fought their way to victory under the matchless standard of the Cross. We will therefore be pardoned if we have pointed with special pride to the magnificent record made by the Negro Baptist army. The peculiar conditions under which these sons of God of sable hue live? Separate from their white brethren practically in all things? Make it singularly difficult for them to know and to be known by the white Baptists. It is thus very hard for them to understand why the many histories of the Baptists so completely ignore them while conditions in all avenues force them to a separate existence; for indeed where they are not especially pointed out, they are regarded as not being concerned.
It has been our delight to give full recognition to the glory and honor achieved by the white Baptist Brotherhood and to the great good they have brought to their brother in black. We herewith express our gratefulness to the Home Mission Society, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the American Baptist Publication Society for the chapters furnished for this volume by their representatives. We are indebted to authors Cramp, Vedder, Ray and Jarrell for their splendid service to us in the preparation of this work.
Praying devoutly that this little book may be in some measure a help and an inspiration to the young Baptists of our land,
Nashville, Tenn., 1910.
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