Cover

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Title Page, Other Works in the Series, Copyright, Dedication

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Series Foreword

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pp. vii-viii

It used to be that those of us from the global North who study world Christianity had to work hard to make the case for its relevance. Why should thoughtful people learn more about Christianity in places far away from Europe and North America? The Christian religion, many have heard by now, has more than 60 percent of its adherents living outside...

Contents

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pp. ix-xii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xvi

I have to thank many people and institutions who have helped me to produce this book.
First, my thanks go to all of my international friends and colleagues who have asked me countless times if anything was written and published about my church. Their interest to understand the experience and legacy of my church prompted me to produce a book where I would...

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Preface

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pp. xvii-xxviii

I have participated in the history of Georgian Baptists as the leader of the denomination for almost twenty years (1994–2013). I am not, however, drawing upon ethnographic methods of participant observation,1 but rather I have aimed to work as a historian in handling the available sources (both written and oral) available for this book. This method is...

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Introduction: Religion in Georgia and Baptists in Europe

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pp. 1-24

The Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia (EBC), formerly known as the Georgian Evangelical Christians-Baptists, has a unique missiological story. Frequently used terms in the life of the church such as “Baptist liturgy,” “Eucharistic anaphora,” “bishops,” and “vestments” have been quite simply considered anomalous and self-contradictory among Baptists...

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1. The Setting for Religious Renewal in Georgia

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pp. 25-84

A review of political, religious, and cultural movements in Georgia will show how circumstances favorable to the birth and development of evangelical Christianity occurred.
On the basis of the treaty signed between the monarch of East Georgia, King Erekle II (1744–1798), and the Russian Empire in 1783, Georgia fell into the sphere of Russian...

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2. The Early Activity of Georgian Evangelical Christians and Baptists‌ 1919--1941

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pp. 85-152

Georgian Evangelical Christian and Baptist churches were conceived and formed in an ideologically antagonistic milieu in which they sought to carry out God’s mission. Until their forced amalgamation in 1944, they were two separate groups, though both were members of the Baptist World Alliance. Thus, until 1944, they existed as Evangelical...

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3. The Formation of the Georgian ECB’s Institutional Identity (1942--1989)

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pp. 153-224

By the time that World War II broke out, religious life in the Soviet Union had been reduced to an absolute minimum. There were no religious publications from 1931, and the Bible had not been printed in the country since 1927. Religious instruction was restricted to the context of the family. However, antireligious campaigns had slowed...

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4. Evangelism in Post--Soviet Georgia

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pp. 225-276

The dissolution of the Soviet Union marked the beginning of a new era not only for the newly emerged states but also for world politics. As Ken Jovitt eloquently phrased it, “The Soviet Union lasted as long as it did because it disciplined (often through terror) most, rewarded many, and attracted a strategically loyal few, for at least fifty of its seventy-four...

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5. Reforms in the Life of the ECB Community

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pp. 277-312

Religious communities in general find change difficult. Sometimes insignificant changes in the life of the church can cause enormous turmoil and even splits. No church is exempt from such a development. Even those churches that insist on the undivided nature of their denomination and tradition do sadly split. The ECB since the early 1990s has...

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Conclusion: The Missiological Experience of the ECB

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pp. 313-339

As has been demonstrated, the ECB was conceived and developed in dynamic relationships with the Georgian Orthodox, Molokan, “essentialist,” and Soviet traditions and cultures. The ECB has always regarded mission among the Georgian people as a divine imperative, which inevitably meant that its life and work were shaped by Georgian...

Appendix 1: The Russian Baptist Congregation in Tiflis

Nikolai Kallistov

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pp. 340-348

Appendix 2: The Russian Congregation of Baptists in Tiflis

N. Kallistov

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pp. 349-356

Appendix 3: Letter of the Exarch of Georgia, Pavel Lebedev, to the Governor of Tiflis

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pp. 357-360

Appendix 4: Draft for the Restructuring of the Baptist Communities in Transcaucasia

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pp. 361-366

Appendix 5: Ilia Kandelaki’s Plea for the Translation of the Bible into the Modern Georgian Language

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pp. 367-368

Appendix 6: Preaching the Gospel among Georgians

I. M. Kandelaki

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pp. 369-375

Appendix 7: The Death of Brother I. M. Kandelaki

I. F. Areshin

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pp. 376-380

Appendix 8: Dialogue between the Representatives of the Georgian Orthodox Church and the Georgian Evangelical Christian Baptists

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pp. 381-394

Appendix 9: Memoirs of Some of the Oldest Members of the Georgian EBC Church in Tbilisi

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pp. 395-402

Appendix 10: The Likani Resolution

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pp. 403-405

Appendix 11: Common Declaration of the Apostolic Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Georgia and Evangelical Christian Baptist Church of Georgia

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pp. 406-406

Appendix 12:Common Declaration of the Apostolic Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Georgia and the Evangelical Christian Baptist Church of Georgia on Proselytism

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pp. 407-408

Appendix 13: Letter to the Union Leadership and the Ministers of the Evangelical Christian-Baptist Churches of Georgia

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pp. 409-410

Appendix 14: The Liturgical Vision of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia

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pp. 411-417

Appendix 15: The Social Doctrine of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia

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pp. 418-421

Appendix 16: Letter of Bishop Rusudan Gotziridze to the Religious Leaders of Georgia and the Letter of the Religious Leaders to the Georgian Parliament

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pp. 422-424

Appendix 17: Georgian Eucharistic Liturgy

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pp. 425-430

Bibliography

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pp. 431-494

Index

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pp. 495-508