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Ben M. Bogard (1868–1951)

Author of Hardeman-Bogard Debate

Includes the names: Ben Marquis Bogard, Benjamin Marcus Bogard

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A Baptist minister, author, educator, radio speaker, participant in 237 religious debates, and founder of the American Baptist Association. In February 1885, he was baptized in an ice-covered pond during a church service. In 1887-88, he attended Georgetown College in Kentucky. He was ordained as a Baptist minister and began a two-year education at Bethel College in Russellville, Kentucky. In 1895, Bogard met John Newton Hall of Fulton, Kentucky, a leader of the Landmark Baptist movement, which emphasized certain "landmarks" in the Bible, including a literal interpretation. Bogard embraced the Landmark faith, defending it through public debates and writing. In 1901, he became half-owner and editor of the Arkansas Baptist, gaining full editorial control in 1904. He left the Southern Baptist Convention in 1905 and later formed the American Baptist Association, commonly called Missionary Baptists. In 1914 and founded the Baptist Commoner which merged with the Arkansas Baptist in 1917 to form the Baptist and Commoner. Bogard resigned as editor of the Baptist and Commoner in 1931 after a dispute with its owner. In 1934, he started the Orthodox Baptist Searchlight newspaper and founded Missionary Baptist Seminary in Little Rock. He was honored by Ripley's Believe it or Not for preaching "every Sunday for 61 years without missing a single Sunday."
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