Baptists and Mission
Papers from the Fourth International Conference on Baptist Studies
Studies in Baptist History and Thought
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
362 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.72 in
- Published: March 2008
- Published: March 2008
Every three years since 1997, an International Conference on Baptist Studies has been held--each conference being in a different country. The theme in 2006, when the conference was held in Nova Scotia, was "Baptists and Mission." This is a theme that has been at the heart of Baptist life. Papers examined home and foreign mission, evangelicalism, and social concern. This volume draws together a range of the papers that were delivered. This volume has studies of significant Baptist figures such as Hanserd Knollys, Andrew Fuller, and Earl Merrick. Home mission in a number of settings in North America and Europe is examined. The range of places covered in the papers on overseas mission is considerable, including Bolivia, Mexico, India, Ivory Coast, and Brazil. All of these studies, by historians drawn from many different contexts, add new insights in this crucial area of Baptist studies.
"Baptists have always been a missionary people. . . . Yet the Baptist contribution to the history of Christian mission has remained sadly neglected by scholarship. This richly diverse volume makes a major contribution to rectifying that neglect."
--Brian Stanley, Director, Henry Martin Centre, Westminster College, and University of Cambridge
"This is a fascinating series of essays, full of information and rich in suggestion. It is splendidly diverse. . . . We watch the traffic on the great highways of the gospel, some of it moving off to bye-paths or caught in dead ends, not forgetting the occasional crash. This is not a book just for Baptists; it is a thought-provoking study of Christ's church militant here on earth."
--Andrew F. Walls, Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World, University of Edinburgh, and Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity, Liverpool Hope University
"These papers . . . on the subject of Baptists and mission cover theory and practice, senders and sent, successes and failures. They illuminate some of the ways in which members of the denomination in many lands have undertaken efforts to transmit and embody the Christian faith."
--David Bebbington, Professor of History, University of Stirling