Newlight Baptist Journals of James Manning and James Innis


D.G. Bell

Hantsport: Lancelot Press, 1984

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The Maritime Provinces are the birthplace and historic heartland of Canada’s Baptist denomination. In New Brunswick a continuous Baptist tradition began in 1799, with the gathering of the Sackville church. By 1810 there were nearly 20 Baptist churches in the province. Yet the dramatic rise of the Baptist cause was almost at once checked by division and declension. Many of these newly-immersed New Brunswickers chose to withdraw from exclusively Baptist churches and take fellowship in religious societies molded in the Newlight tradition of Henry Alline.

The Newlight Baptist Journals of James Manning and James Innis presents two major documents illustrating the rise and decline of exclusivist Baptist churches in Loyalist New Brunswick in the period 1775-1810. The religious journal of James Manning (1801) depicts Baptist momentum at its height in the St. John valley. The journal of James Innis (1805-11) reveals a Baptist movement bitterly divided between those guided by pragmatic denominationalism of the New England variety and those inspired by the anti-formal, purist impulse of Henry Alline. The journals themselves are prefaced with an overview of the rise of the Baptist, Wesleyan, Newlight, and orthodox Congregationalist forms of religious dissent in Loyalist New Brunswick.

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Weight .529 kg
Dimensions 19.7 × 13.8 × 2.2 cm