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Select Works of J.R. Graves (7 vols.)

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Nineteenth-century American Baptist preacher, editor, and major leader of Landmarkism, James R. Graves was at the center of intense debate among the Southern Baptists for nearly 30 years. In Baptist history, he remains an important figure to study as his influence and the fallout from ensuing controversy is still felt.

This collection surveys Grave’s thought and works. See the great controversialist in action with transcripts of debates on central points regarding baptism, the church, the perseverance of the saints, the Lord’s Supper, and more. Examine his writing on the character of John’s baptism, Landmarkism, and explore collections of letters written to J. Soule and Bishop McTyeire on the polity and doctrines of Methodism, as well as a series of newspaper columns debating the doctrine of endless punishment with John Burruss.

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Looking for other works by historic Baptists? Check out the Select Works of Isaac Backus (9 vols.) and Select Works of Dan Taylor (4 vols.).

Key Features

  • Presents a variety works by controversial preacher and editor, J.R. Graves
  • Introduces Landmark theology
  • Includes manuscripts of debates
  • Sheds light on the development of the Landmarkism in the 1850s

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A Discussion on the Doctrine of Endless Punishment

  • Author: J.R. Graves
  • Publisher: J.O. Perkins & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1880
  • Pages: 175

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James R. Graves, long-time editor of the Baptist (or the Tennessee Baptist) wrote a series of newspaper columns back and forth with Universalist Herald editor John Burruss, debating this statement: “The Scriptures teach the endless punishment of some portion of the human race.” With Graves taking the affirmative position and Burruss offering the rebuttal, the collected columns offer an interesting window into the discussion over this controversial doctrine.

John’s Baptism: Was It from Moses or Christ?

  • Author: J.R. Graves
  • Publisher: J.R. Graves & Son
  • Publication Date: 1891
  • Pages: 274

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Landmark Baptist leader James R. Graves discusses the place of John the Baptist’s ministry “in the development of the redemptive economy,” addressing in turn the three main theories that John’s baptism “belonged to the Jewish dispensation,” “was an intermediate dispensation,” or “belonged to the Christian dispensation.” Arguing for the latter—for the Christian character of John’s baptism and ministry—he answers common objections and tackles other topics related to baptism, including infant baptism, and different churches’ perspectives on baptism.

Old Landmarkism: What Is It?

  • Author: J.R. Graves
  • Publisher: Graves, Mahaffy, & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1880
  • Pages: 277

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“Old Landmarkers” or “strict Baptists”—a group of Baptists that emerged in the mid-nineteenth-century American South—were so labeled due to their beliefs about the exclusive validity of Baptist churches and the theory of Baptist succession since apostolic times. The leader of this controversial movement that divided Southern Baptists, James R. Graves, here lays out the tenets of Landmark Baptist theology. He notes, “I put forth this publication now, 30 years after inaugurating the reform, to correct the manifold misrepresentations of those who oppose what they are pleased to call our principles and teachings, and to place before the Baptists of America what ‘Old Landmarkism’ really is.”

The Graves-Ditzler: Or, Great Carrollton Debate

  • Author: J.R. Graves
  • Publisher: Southern Baptist Publication Society
  • Publication Date: 1876
  • Pages: 1,192

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Representing the Baptist and Methodist denominations respectively, J.R. Graves and Jacob Ditzler were selected to debate “important points of doctrine and practice about which for centuries there had been a conflict of opinion in the great religious bodies of Europe and America” in what was called the Great Carrollton Debate. This volume contains a transcript of that debate between Graves and Ditzler, covering topics such as the mode of baptism, infant baptism, the Lord’s Supper, believer’s baptism, and the final perseverance of saints.

The Trial of Rev. J.R. Graves

  • Author: J.R. Graves
  • Publisher: First Baptist Church
  • Publication Date: 1858
  • Pages: 150

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Baptist preacher, editor, and leader of Landmarkism, James R. Graves was at the center of a number of controversies. Gain greater perspective on some of these conflicts with this account of the trial of J.R. Graves before the First Baptist Church of Nashville in the year of 1858. Graves was accused of seeking to “bring upon R.B.C. Howell, the pastor of said church, reproach and injury,” of endeavoring to “distract and divide said church,” of publishing “sundry foul and atrocious libels” against Pastor Howell in the Tennessee Baptist, and of “at various times attack[ing], slander[ing], and abus[ing] ministers and brethren of high character belonging to our denomination throughout the country in his said paper.”

The Great Iron Wheel

  • Author: J.R. Graves
  • Publisher: Sheldon, Lamport, & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1855
  • Pages: 596

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Seasoned debater and editor J.R. Graves compiled this volume from a series of letters written to J. Soule, senior bishop of the M.E. Church South, that were originally published in Graves’ paper, the Tennessee Baptist. Across the span of these 40 letters, Graves discusses his opinions and objections to various points in the polity and doctrines of Methodism.

The New Great Iron Wheel

  • Author: J.R. Graves
  • Publisher: Baptist Book House
  • Publication Date: 1884
  • Pages: 574

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Landmark Baptist leader J.R. Graves continues his critical examination of Methodism with this series of letters written to Bishop McTyeire of the M.E. Church South. Across the span of these 13 letters, Graves discusses his opinions and objections to various points in the polity and doctrines of Methodism.

About J.R. Graves

James Robinson Graves (1820–1893) was an American Baptist preacher and leader of Landmarkism—a mid-nineteenth-century movement marked by the belief in the exclusive validity of Baptist churches and the theory of Baptist succession since apostolic times. Graves remains one of the most colorful and controversial figures among the Southern Baptists. He was editor of the Baptist (or later the Tennessee Baptist), and author of numerous books including The Relation of Baptism to Salvation, The First Baptist Church in America, and The Seven Dispensations.

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  1. Pete Sutton

    Pete Sutton

    9/18/2021

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    I have several of his books the most important of all is "The Parables and Prophecies of Christ explained"(still available in print) I also have several of his books in Kindle format. I prefer writers of the late 19th century. I find Graves to be very knowledgeable but very down to earth in his writings and quiet Biblical in his doctrine. Any resource by him is worth having.
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  2. Shayne Moses Nelson
    Soooo why not put those three books mentioned also in the collection, i.e., The Relation of Baptism to Salvation, The First Baptist Church in America, and The Seven Dispensations? I would give $100 for a GOOD digital copy of "Seven Dispensations"... esp. one of LOGOS calibre. Good try finding one though. God will bless the one who does.
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  3. Ergatees

    Ergatees

    12/20/2014

    This collection should include The Seven Dispensations which is a very interesting read and a good corrective to extreme dispensationalism, IMHO. I am unhappy that this book was not included in this collection. I gave my personal copy away but it was once a favorite book with me.
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