Studies in Baptist History and Thought
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
314 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.63 in
- Published: January 2007
Baptists are not known for their sacramental theology. 'Baptist Sacramentalism', a collection of essays by Baptist theologians and historians from Great Britain and North America, shows that sacramental theology is not an innovation in Baptist thought and offers a viable way of understanding God's action in the church and the world. Drawing on theology, history, and biblical studies, the contributors explore the physical and spiritual dimensions of Christian theology and experience, the church, baptism, the Lord's supper, religious liberty, the politics of disestablishment, ordination and ministry, and preaching. Contributors include John Colwell, Anthony R. Cross, Stanley Fowler, Curtis Freeman, Timothy George, Tim Grass, Stanley Grenz, Barry Harvey, Michael Haykin, Brian Haymes, Stephen Holmes, Elizabeth Newman, Clark Pinnock, Stanley Porter, lan Randall, and Philip Thompson.
"This fine collection of papers will play a key part in the process of dispelling the myth that Baptists do not have a sacramental faith, and will be a reference point for all future discussion on the issue. The contributors not only show that Baptists have had a sacramental understanding of baptism, Lord's Supper and ministry in the past, but they also open out new thinking on sacraments for the present day, for the benefit of the whole Church of Christ."
--Paul S. Fiddes, University of Oxford
"This subversive collection of voices from both sides of the Atlantic challenges popular Baptist theology by recovering a fuller appreciation of the sacraments. It is an important contribution not only to Baptist theology but also to broader ecumenical conversations on the sacraments and ecclesiology."
--Martha L. Moore-Keish, Columbia Theological Seminary
"This is a revealing and stimulating collection, partly exposing the lost Baptist heritage, partly staking out common ground with theologians in other traditions and so promising some inter-confessional rapprochement, frequently self-critical of fellow Baptists' minimizing attitudes, and raising as many questions, large and small, as it answers."
--David F. Wright, University of Edinburgh