Several recent developments in modern ecclesiology seem
to demand that we “revisit” Landmarkism. Landmarkism
Revisited is presented in seven chapters:
I. Landmarkism Defined - summarizes the primary concepts
Dr. Graves presented in his definitive 1880 publication,
Old Landmarkism: What is It?
II. Landmarkism in Early America - cites examples of
Landmark principles that were believed and followed
before 1850, and demonstrates that J. R. Graves was
justified in suggesting he was “re-setting” the Landmarks.
III. A Change in Directions - shows the rise of the
Separate Baptists, the union of the Regular and Separate
Baptists as United or Missionary Baptists, and the
development of the “Anti-effort” or Primitive Baptists
and the “reform” movement of Alexander Campbell.
IV. Old Landmarks Reset - delineates conditions among the
Baptists on the frontier, movements that aided in
resetting the Baptist Landmarks, and Landmark separations
from the Southern Baptist Convention.
V. Review and Summation - of Landmarkism critiques
articles from the January, 1975, Baptist History and
Heritage, the official journal of the Historical
Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
VI. Landmarkism Defended - includes Dr. J. R. Graves'
defense of the Landmark Position and answers the
criticisms offered by Bob L. Ross, in his book, Old
Landmarks and the Baptists. Church authority and church
succession are the two primary issues considered.
VII. Contemporary Landmarkism - shows the influence of
Landmarkism in the American Baptist Association, and also
the influence of Landmarkism in the Southern Baptist
Convention, particularly in the fundamentalists resurgence
which began in 1979.
Paperback; 297 pages