By Joseph E. Early Jr., John W. Storey
This can be the tale of ways one guy, Samuel Augustus Hayden, nearly destroyed the newly prepared Baptist common conference of Texas (BGCT) sooner than it might take root. within the ultimate a long time of the 19th century, Hayden triggered such unrest between Texas Baptists that when a failed try to take over the BGCT, he used to be expelled from the country 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 competitors 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 facets within the fight, which got here to a dramatic end on a teach sure for the Southern Baptist conference, while Cranfill and Hayden scuffled over a pistol.
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Extra resources for A Texas Baptist Power Struggle: The Hayden Controversy
16 A resolution adopting this statement quickly followed. 17 The Temple meeting was very signiﬁcant in the uniﬁcation process. Hanks was the logical choice for moderator, due to the unique dual associational alignment of his church, and he took the lead. The proceedings were cordial but did not unfold smoothly. Over the years people had expended a great amount of money, time, and energy in an attempt to save their respective conventions and universities, and now consolidation was about to occur.
The committee then voted to send a letter to the other four Texas conventions to demonstrate its desire for consolidation. In the letter Carroll was instructed to ask the other conventions three important questions concerning uniﬁcation: 1. 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.
But even the university’s location was not settled with ﬁnality until the 1920s, when the two Baptist cities engaged in another skirmish. As Dallas grew and Waco’s populace remained dormant, several prominent Dallas Baptists attempted to relocate Baylor to Dallas. 34 Baylor University accepted the offer and the rivalry between the two cities passed into memory. In the twenty-ﬁrst century virtually no rivalry exists at all between Dallas and Waco. Hayden now owned the only major Baptist periodical in Texas, and a great many people were pleased by this development.
A Texas Baptist Power Struggle: The Hayden Controversy by Joseph E. Early Jr., John W. Storey