What, the authors ask, has been the Baptist experience of engaging with different groups and developments? The theme has been explored by means of case studies, some of which are very specific in time and place while others cover long periods and more than one country. In the first half the contents are arranged by period. The first section examines early Baptists, the second nineteenth-century Baptists in Britain and America and the third Baptists in the twentieth century. The second half turns to various parts of the world: Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Africa. The overall picture is one of a complicated series of relationships as Baptists defined themselves as different from other bodies and yet, especially in the twentieth century, tried to co-operate in mission and ecumenical endeavour.
Endorsements & Reviews-
'Baptists are often regarded as enthusiastic separatists and unenthusiastic ecumenists. These essays, based on hard evidence rather than passing impressions, are a necessary correction to superficial prejudices and show the reality to be much more complex and nuanced, as well as varied over time and place. The book is a smorgasbord of delights. Yet, readers should avoid the temptation to pick and choose from the menu, ensuring rather that each offering is digested so they enjoy a balanced and nutritious meal.'
Derek Tidball, formerly Principal of London School of Theology
'Baptists began as a small persecuted sect in Reformation Europe, but have since become a worldwide community of believers in nearly every corner of the globe. This volume demonstrates not only the extent of the Baptist witness but also its depth, diversity, and spirituality. It is an important contribution to understanding Baptist history, identity and ecumenicity.'
Timothy George, Dean of Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, USA
David W. Bebbington Martin Sutherland
David Bebbington is Professor of History at Stirling University, Scotland. Martin Sutherland is Vice-Principal at Laidlaw College, Auckland, New Zeland