By Joseph E. Early Jr., John W. Storey
This is often the tale of the way one guy, Samuel Augustus Hayden, nearly destroyed the newly prepared Baptist normal conference of Texas (BGCT) prior to it could possibly take root. within the ultimate a long time of the 19th century, Hayden triggered such unrest between Texas Baptists that once a failed try to take over the BGCT, he was once expelled from the nation physique. In flip, he created a rival association, the Baptist Missionary organization (BMA), which endured 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 rivals incorporated George Washington Truett, Benajah Harvey Carroll, and James Britton Cranfill, who asserted via their newspapers that Hayden was once 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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Indd 26 10/4/05 2:13:50 PM An Unhappy Marriage 27 ﬁnancial support. Clearly, there was a need for some retrenchment and reorganization. 2 However, the rivalries were still too strong to allow such an event to occur. The most signiﬁcant obstacle to uniﬁcation remained the Baptist university debate. 4 New problems began to emerge in 1882. Baylor University at Independence had always been afﬁliated with the BSC, its parent convention. 5 Each organization now had its own ofﬁcial university. The repeated efforts of Link notwithstanding, it appeared that consolidation would never happen.
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.
On several occasions Link attempted to voice his opinion, but was ruled out of order by either Burleson or B. H. indd 18 10/4/05 2:13:48 PM Problems on the Horizon 19 During the ordeal it became apparent that Carroll was openly siding with the Buckner faction. J. B. 53 That should come as no surprise since the two men had been carrying out something of a theological feud in the pages of the Texas Baptist Herald for some time, and as of August 1877 Carroll had been listed as the associate editor of Buckner’s newspaper.
A Texas Baptist Power Struggle: The Hayden Controversy by Joseph E. Early Jr., John W. Storey