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“Before the charge ‘know thyself,’ ought to come the far greater charge, ‘know thy God.’” In this short textbook first published in 1890, Charles Octavius Boothe simply and elegantly lays out the basics of theology for everyday people. A Baptist pastor born into slavery, Boothe brought the heights of academic theology to his congregants, so that they might be filled with good things. Walter R. Strickland II reintroduces this forgotten masterpiece.
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Charles Octavius Boothe (1845–1924) was a Baptist pastor and educator. He was the founding minister of Dexter Avenue—King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama and one of the founding fathers of Selma University.
Walter R. Strickland II is instructor of theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and special advisor to the president for diversity. He is a doctoral candidate in theology from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland). He co-wrote Every Waking Hour with Benjamin Quinn.