James P. Boyce on Baptist History

“Historians who have professed to write the history of the church have either utterly ignored the presence of those of our faith, or classed them among fanatics and heretics; or, if forced to acknowledge the prevalence of our principles and practices among the earliest churches, have adopted such false theories as to church power and the development and growth of the truth and principles of Scripture, that by all, saved their most discerning readers, our pretentions to an early origin and a continuous existence have been rejected.” James P. Boyce

(James Petigru Boyce (1827-1888) was one of the main founders of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1859 and served as its chairman and president for many years, in addition to teaching a number of subjects there, including church history. In his address “Three Changes in Theological Institutions“, he gave the following reason for starting a Baptist seminary. Notice carefully Boyce’s views concerning church history and Baptist perpetuity.)


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