The Catechetical Instructor was written at the request of the Alabama Baptist State Convention to help teach Christian truths “especially in the oral instruction of the colored population.” It proved so popular the book was reissued under the title A Handbook of Bible Doctrine and used by Blacks and Whites. Its author Alexander W. Chambliss soon became owner and editor of The Alabama Baptist.
Photo courtesy of Special Collection, Samford University Library, Birmingham, Alabama
According to the July 15, 1843, issue of The Alabama Baptist, Bro. Oliver Welch challenged an essay by Bro. Jesse Hartwell concerning the ordination of the Apostle Paul. Welch argued, “As learned as he was and as old as he was at the time of his conversation, he waited more than 10 years before the prophets and teachers in Antioch laid hands on him and sent him forth as an ordained preacher.” Welch argued against ordination of those “too young or too much unqualified for this solemn responsibility.”
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