Baptists Publish the Word
1824 – THE FIRST BAPTIST PUBLISHING HOUSE IN AMERICA WAS FORMED IN THE EARLY 19TH CENTURY – On February 25, 1824, from a meeting in Washington, D.C., the “Baptist General Tract Society” was begun. Luther Rice was elected Treasurer. He was a partner of Adoniram and Ann Judson and had returned from the mission field to raise money to keep them on the mission field. Early on Christian people had united in the effort to evangelize through Christian literature. “The Evangelical Tract Society” was formed in Boston in 1811; the Philadelphia Sunday School and Adult School Union were organized in 1817, and the Baptists joined with other denominations in organizing the American Sunday School Union. However Baptist leaders were not satisfied until they had their own publishing house to formulate Baptist ideas and doctrine which culminated in the organization mentioned above. On April 30, 1840, in N.Y. City, representatives from 15 states voted to change the complexion and name to “The American Baptist Publication and Sunday School Society.” From that time Baptists have been able to obtain distinctive Baptist literature to train their members. The “Baptist Manual” was published consisting of a Doctrinal, Historical and Biographical series.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon, from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, pp. 77.
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