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This course seeks to survey the historical and theological roots of Baptist life, thought and practice. It also intends to provide a basic understanding of Baptist polity. More particularly, it orients students to the current life, structures and practices of the major Baptist denominations in the contemporary USA, and a review of the steps toward ordination and placement within these groups. The course is open to all, but is designed for the needs of Baptist students.
Attendance, weekly readings of primary and secondary sources (50 pages or so weekly), two papers (10-12 double-spaced pages) involving scholarly research and personal reflection.
Grade based on quality of classroom engagement and written work.