The Christian Index is the official newspaper of the Georgia Baptist Convention. With an average circulation of around 62,000, the paper provides news and information to Georgia Baptists. Its contents include news from Baptist and other religious wire services along with material about the Georgia Baptist Convention and affiliated agencies.
Founded in 1822 in Washington, D.C., by Luther Rice, the "father of Baptist mission work," the paper claims to be the nation's oldest religious newspaper still in print.
The Christian Index boasts a list of editors important both to Georgia and Southern Baptist life.
Since 1996 the paper has been produced at Pinebloom, one of Atlanta's historic homes.
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Chase L. Peeples, Emory University
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