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Baptists and the American Civil War: December 31, 1863

On this last night of the year, free black Baptist congregations throughout the United States and Union-controlled areas of the South observe the January 1 anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a “watchnight” service of celebration and prayer for God-granted freedom. There is certainly much to celebrate. Tens of thousands of blacks have been emancipated…

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Baptists and the American Civil War: November 4, 1863

Today’s edition of the South Carolina Confederate Baptist weighs in on two hot issues: slavery and church state separation. Of the former, most white Baptists of the South are largely in agreement that African slavery is God’s will and that blacks are intellectually incapable of handling freedom. The editor of the Confederate Baptist summarizes these…