Baptist Sacramentalism 2
Studies in Baptist History and Thought
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
308 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.62 in
- Published: April 2009
This second collection of essays exploring various dimensions of sacramental theology from a Baptist perspective includes biblical, historical and theological studies from scholars from around the world. Subjects covered are sacraments and sacramentality, sacrament and sacrifice in Hebrews, the sacrament of fearful intimacy, the church as sacrament, baptism and the Lord's supper for post-Christendom Baptists, Pauline baptism and Roman Insulae, open communion for the contemporary church, penance, sacred space, recovering a biblical understanding of baptismal regeneration, the Lord's supper and the spirituality of C.H. Spurgeon, Southern Baptist eucharistic sacramentalism and soul competency, re-thinking ex opere operato sacramentalism, the sacramentality of the word in Gregory of Nyssa, and searching for a common theology of baptism between Baptists and the Churches of Christ. This volume does not speak the final word on the subject, but is a step along the way toward the recovery and reconstruction of a rubust sacramentalism in a Baptist modality.
'This collection of thoughtful and thorough essays provides several gifts to contemporary Baptists. We are invited to rethink the biblical resources for sacramental theology. We are reminded of the historical heritage of the church universal, including especially that of our Baptist predecessors. We are called to pay attention to reflection among other Christian churches as conversation partners in our quest for a richer understanding of sacrament. And perhaps most important, we are shown ways in which these reflections might help us rethink and reform contemporary Baptist practice. I found myself rethinking a number of assumptions that suddenly no longer seemed so self-evident.'
-- David Bartlett is Professor of New Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia.
"This is a timely collection of essays written for the ever-increasing number of Baptists who are rediscovering the sacramental impulse at the heart of Christian faith. This book, drawing on a rich deposit of biblical, historical and doctrinal resources, is a must read for all those seeking to come to terms with the central role played by the sacraments in the life and mission of the church."
-Barry Harvey is Professor of Theology, Honors College and the Graduate Faculty in Religion, Baylor University, Waco Texas, USA
"I wish to offer a strong commendation to this international team of scholarly Baptist theologians who wish to convince us of the truth of evangelical sacramentalism. Sacraments exist because we are bodily creatures who know God in tangible and embodied ways, including church ordinances and also beyond them. This is a weighty theological tome, speaking to relevant issues, and characterized by impressive scholarly coverage."
- Clark H. Pinnock is Professor Emertius of Theology, McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada