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Evangelical Christian Baptists of Georgia: The History and Transformation of a Free Church Tradition (Hardback)
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Evangelical Christian Baptists of Georgia: The History and Transformation of a Free Church Tradition (Hardback)

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Hardback 536 Pages / Published: 01/09/2015
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Malkhaz Songulashvili, former Archbishop of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia (EBCG), provides a pioneering, exacting, and sweeping history of Georgian Baptists. Utilizing archival sources in Georgian, Russian, German, and English--translating many of these crucial documents for the first time into English--he recounts the history of the EBCG from its formation in 1867 to the present. While the particular story of Georgian Baptists merits telling in its own right, and not simply as a feature of Russian religious life, Songulashvili employs Georgian Baptists as a sustained case study on the convergence of religion and culture. The interaction of Eastern Orthodox, Western Protestant, and Russian dissenting religious traditions--mixed into the political cauldron of Russian occupation of a formerly distinct eastern European culture--led to a remarkable experiment in Christian free-church identity. Evangelical Christian Baptists of Georgia allows readers to peer through the lens of intercultural studies to see the powerful relationships among politics, religion, and culture in the formation of Georgian Baptists, and their blending of Orthodox tradition into Baptist life to craft a unique ecclesiology, liturgy, and aesthetics.

Publisher: Baylor University Press
ISBN: 9781481301107
Number of pages: 536
Weight: 882 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 38 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This is by far the finest book on the evangelical movement in the former Soviet Union that I have ever read... In this formidable work, Songulashvili offers the most comprehensive study of the evangelical movement in Georgia yet to have appeared in the English language. -- Joshua T. Searle -- Studies in World Christianity
This book is essential reading for Western Christians. -- Stephen Platten -- Church Times
A significant addition to the field of Eastern European evangelical research. -- Toivo Pilli -- Baptistic Theologies
More than an ethnographic or even a historical report, Songulashvili's vivid historical narrative highlights the centrality of God's mission in an indigenous culture, demonstrating how the triangle of church, mission, and culture have interacted to energize non-Western missionaries to 'go and make disciples of all nations.' -- Ashti Mamash -- Fides Et Historia

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