By Joseph E. Early Jr., John W. Storey
This is often the tale of the way one guy, Samuel Augustus Hayden, virtually destroyed the newly geared up Baptist normal conference of Texas (BGCT) prior to it might take root. within the ultimate many years of the 19th century, Hayden brought on such unrest between Texas Baptists that once a failed try to take over the BGCT, he was once expelled from the kingdom physique. In flip, he created a rival association, the Baptist Missionary organization (BMA), which persisted to struggle perceived oppression by way of the BGCT. Hayden, via his newspaper, accused his enemies of embezzlement, heresy, arson, and strong-arm strategies. His high-profile competitors integrated George Washington Truett, Benajah Harvey Carroll, and James Britton Cranfill, who asserted via their newspapers that Hayden used to be insane, a liar, and a heretic. Baptists in Texas have been pressured to take aspects within the fight, which got here to a dramatic end on a teach sure for the Southern Baptist conference, whilst Cranfill and Hayden scuffled over a pistol.
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22 Perhaps sensing this unhappiness, Hayden, by making the aforementioned statement, let those who perhaps felt as if they had been disregarded know that he would treat them fairly and that they had a friend in the editor of the Texas Baptist. ” Hayden’s conciliatory gesture and friendly embrace may have aided his standing before the body in the not so distant future. With the conclusion of the Temple meeting, one must observe that in the ﬁrst three years that Hayden had lived in Dallas he had not only helped reconcile the squabbling factions of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, but had also been an important contributor to the uniﬁcation of the Baptist universities and the general bodies.
Is it desirable and expedient? 2. Is it practicable? 3. 9 The BSC appeared to be less receptive to any discussion concerning consolidation. ” At this point in the educational ordeal Crane may have been the BSC’s strongest opponent of consolidation. He had poured his life, money, and energies into Baylor University at Independence and feared that consolidation would spell the school’s demise. Since the BSC had failed to embrace this initial offer, the BGA also took the second step in the consolidation process at its regular session in Ennis in 1885.
N. (Wildcat) Morrell, believed editor Hayden was a uniﬁer. In Flowers and Fruits In the Wilderness, he observed that since Hayden had “bought the Texas Baptist from Dr. Buckner in 1883, its policy has been to unite the Baptists of Texas. indd 32 10/4/05 2:13:51 PM An Unhappy Marriage 33 Two of three sources of contention had been resolved at Temple, but the third remained unsolved. Texas Baptists realized that a complete consolidation of denominational affairs also meant a consolidation of the newspapers.
A Texas Baptist Power Struggle: The Hayden Controversy by Joseph E. Early Jr., John W. Storey