By Joseph E. Early Jr., John W. Storey
This can be the tale of the way one guy, Samuel Augustus Hayden, virtually destroyed the newly prepared Baptist normal conference of Texas (BGCT) sooner than it will probably take root. within the ultimate many years of the 19th century, Hayden triggered such unrest between Texas Baptists that once a failed try and 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 means 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 used to be 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 educate sure for the Southern Baptist conference, whilst Cranfill and Hayden scuffled over a pistol.
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Additional info for A Texas Baptist Power Struggle: The Hayden Controversy
He commented that the “decision clearly states that the proof substantiates every material allegation in the second speciﬁcation, the gravest of all, and yet Brother Hanks vindicated! ”17 Obviously not all the members of the committee were in agreement. indd 43 10/4/05 2:13:53 PM 44 Chapter 3 signed the ofﬁcial referendum exonerating Hanks. Hayden and his coagitator, co-editor and nephew of R. C. Buckner,18 A. J. 19 “The friends of Dr. Hanks hurried to cover up the shame of his conduct, but the people will not be fooled,” wrote Hayden in a scathing editorial on October 10, 1889.
5. 20 Following the adoption of this resolution, Hayden brought forth another resolution, which was accepted. ”21 Inasmuch as the uniﬁed university was to be located at Waco and presided over by R. C. 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.
To many outsiders this must have appeared as just another First Church squabble. After all, the Buckner-Link affair had been published extensively. As the situation intensiﬁed, Hayden’s motive became suspect. 13 After a long period of intensive investigation and deliberation, the committee reached a decision, and a church-wide meeting was scheduled for December 14 to announce the results. All fourteen members apparently exonerated Hanks, an amazing verdict given the virulent nature of the conﬂict.
A Texas Baptist Power Struggle: The Hayden Controversy by Joseph E. Early Jr., John W. Storey