In 1844 the American Baptist Home Mission Society declared that a slave owner could not be a missionary, a decision influenced by northern Baptists' opposition to slavery. In 1845 southern Baptists decided to challenge this ruling by nominating a slave owner as a missionary. The Home Mission Society's rejected the nomination and so prompted the formation of the Southern Baptist Convention in Augusta, Georgia, a breakaway denomination who believed the Bible justified slave ownership for Christians. In 1995 the SBC formally apologized for its defense of slavery.
The Baptist Church splits over the slavery issue (84 words)
Historical Context Note
Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.
Save this article
If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here.