James Robinson Graves: Staking the Boundaries of Baptist Identity.

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Author: Marty G. Bell
Date: Spring 2021
From: Baptist History and Heritage(Vol. 56, Issue 1)
Publisher: Baptist History and Heritage Society
Document Type: Article
Length: 536 words
Lexile Measure: 1430L

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James Robinson Graves: Staking the Boundaries of Baptist Identity, 2nd ed. By James A. Patterson. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2020. 277 pp.

James Robinson Graves (1820-1893) was the dominant figure of a developing movement in Baptist life in the American South known as Landmarkism. The "old landmarks" that Graves so vigorously defended rested on a central conviction: Baptist churches were the only genuine Christian churches, and only they had continued in unbroken succession from the New Testament era. Around this major premise, Graves and his colleagues developed a highly nuanced ecclesiology.

James A. Patterson has done a commendable job of exploring the life and work of one of the most influential Baptist leaders of the nineteenth century. Patterson's book is the first published monograph in nearly a century on Graves. From a substantial...

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