The Alabama Baptist is a weekly newspaper owned by the Alabama Baptist Convention with a circulation of 200,000.

History

The Alabama Baptist was founded in 1843 in Marion, Alabama by Baptist leaders to publicize the church's work domestically and abroad.[2] One of the co-founders was Julia Tarrant Barron, who also founded Judson College and Howard College, now Samford University.[3] After the American Civil War, J.J.D. Renfroe, a prominent Southern Baptist minister was associate editor and then editor of the newspaper (1873–76 and 1886–87), which he used as a platform to defend southern views, encourage national reconciliation, and promote his idealized view of Old South values.[4] Renfroe was assisted by D. W. Gwin, E. B. Teague, and Edwin T. Winkler during this time. The paper was purchased by the Alabama Baptist State Convention in 1919.[5] In July 2005 the al.com news website announced that it was adding content from The Alabama Baptist.[6]

Today

As of 2010 the weekly paper was being mailed to more than 100,000 homes.[5] The newspaper attempts to provide concise and balanced reporting of events related to religion, and gives editorial advice on moral and ethical issues from a biblical standpoint.