A Catholic Reformed Theologian: Federalism and Baptism in the Thought of Benjamin Keach, 1640-1704 by D. B. Riker (SBHT Vol. 35, Paternoster, 2009)

Introduction

1. Keach in Context

Continuity within Church History
Biography and Literature Review
Tradition, Successionism and Scholasticism
Conclusion

2. Keach’s Federal Theology

Introduction
Seventeenth Century Setting
An Exposition of Keach’s Federal Theology
Evaluation and Conclusion

3. Keach’s Doctrine of Baptism

Introductory Considersations
Keach’s Interlocutors and Antagonists
Keach’s Doctrine of Baptism
Mode of Execution
Evaluation and Conclusion

Exploring Baptist Origins

Anthony R. Cross and Nicholas J. Wood (eds.), Exploring Baptist Origins (Centre for Baptist History and Heritage Studies, Vol 1; Regent’s Park College, 2010), 163pp (£20 – order a copy here)

This is the first volume of the new series emerging out of the Centre for Baptist History and Heritage based at Regent’s Park College. The collection of papers were first delivered in the autumn of 2009 in celebration of 400 years since the birth of Baptist beginnings. Including some of the UK’s leading Baptist theologians – Paul Fiddes, Stephen Holmes, Brian Haymes – the book seeks to examine historically and theologically the beginnings of Baptist life.

Haymes, not for the first time, engages with Thomas Helwys’ The Mystery of Iniquity, asking whether it has relevance for today and concluding with a challenge for more ‘unashamedly political theologies’.  Fiddes explores the question of whether Baptists are a church or a sect, interacting with the famous studies of Weber and Troeltsch, and highlighting the distinctive covenant theology of early Baptists.  Holmes extends earlier published arguments of the dangers of just reading the Bible through the Salters’ Hall incident of 1719. Keith Jones assesses Baptists and Anabaptists through the life of the Lithuanian Baptist Jonas Inkenas, exploring five themes: ecclesial interdependency; leadership; communities in hostile surroundings; spirituality; and women at the heart of Baptist life. Anthony Cross and Larry Kreitzer provide historical studies of why baptists adopted believers’ baptism and the anabaptist petitions of 1660 and 1661 respectively. The other contributer is Crawford Gribben who looks at the beliefs about millennialism in early Baptist life in relation to their ecclesiology.

This is an interesting and revealing set of essays, engaging with how Baptists began. The best or most interesting are those that ask questions of Baptists today in light of their forebears, showing how they can offer challenge and help as we seek to be Baptist Christians.

Beyond this book, it is exciting to see Regent’s begin a new series of Baptist studies, especially as its other series, Regent’s Study Guides, is coming to an end. If your a British Baptist and engaged in postgraduate study on baptistic themes, here is a potential place for your research to reach a wider audience. Coming soon are volumes on a theology of ministry and ordination from Paul Goodliff and membership and belonging from Darrell Jackson.

Baptist Quarterly, January 2010

Visionary Women Among Early Baptists – Curtis W. Freeman

Henry Jacob (1563-1624): Pastoral Theology and Congregational Ecclesiology – Jason G. Duesing

Humphrey Gillet: Signatory of a Testimony to Truth (1659) – Larry J. Kreitzer

The French Baptist Historical Society – David Boydell

Reviews include Under the Rule of Christ: Dimensions of Baptist Spirituality edited by Paul S. Fiddes and Challenging to Change: dialogues with a radical Baptist theologian edited by Pieter J. Lalleman.

[note to Ian Randall, Baptist Quarterly editor - it would be great to see some extended review articles of key recent British Baptist theology or maybe even an occasional issue dedicated to a book with opportunity for response, like Pro Ecclesia have done with Steven Harmon's Towards Baptist Catholicity.  I would also encourage the Baptist Quarterly to do the occasional themed issue (like the one on children back in 1966 or women in 1986)]

‘Seditious Sectaryes': The Baptist Conventiclers of Oxford 1641-1691 by Larry Kreitzer (SBHT 30, Paternoster 2006)

Volume 30.1

Introduction

1. The Tanner: Richard Tidmarsh

2. The Glover: Lawrence King

3. The Soldier: Roger Hatchman

4. The Gardener: Ralph Austen

5. The Milliner: Thomas Williams

6. Tom Pun’s House and the Antiquated Dancing School: The Search for Early Baptist Meeting Houses

Concluding Observations

Vol 30.2

Chronological Source Catalogue

Edification and Beauty by James M. Renihan (SBHT 17, Paternoster, 2008)

Edification and Beauty: The Practical Ecclesiology of the English Particular Baptists, 1675-1705

Introduction

Chapter 1: ‘Christ … ever shall have a kingdome in this world': The Emergence and Development of the Particular Baptist Churches

Chapter 2: ‘Those thus called, he commandeth to walk together in particular societies, or churches': The Nature of the Church

Chapter 3: ‘To each of these churches … he has given … power and authority': Church Government

Chapter 4: ‘The officers appointed by Christ … are bishops or elders, and deacons': Church Officers

Chapter 5: ‘The due performance of that publick worship, which he requireth of them in the world': The Church at Worship

Chapter 6: ‘So the churches, … ought to hold communion amongst themselves': Associations of Churches

Paradox and Perseverance: Hanserd Knollys, Particular Baptist Pioneer in Seventeenth-Century England by Dennis C. Bustin (SBHT 23, Paternoster, 2006)

1 Hanserd Knollys: Seventeenth-Century Radical Conservative. An introduction and hisoriopgraphical Overview

2 The Early Years: From Lincoln to New England

3 Hanserd Knollys and the Particular Baptists’ Struggle for Legitimacy in the 1640s

4Hanserd Knollys and the Struggle for Legitimacy: Levellers, Quakers, and the Fifth Monarch Movement

5 Testings, Trials, and Tribulations: Knollys’ Life during the Restoration

6 ‘The World that now is and the world that is to come': Knollys’ Use of and Interpretation of Apocalyptic Literature

7 A Sect No More: Hanserd Knollys’ Role in Particular Baptist Formalisation

Epilogue – The Twilight Years: “An Inheritance among them are Sanctified”

Conclusion

Baptists and Mission: Papers from the 4th International Conference on Baptist Studies Edited by Ian Randall and Anthony Cross (Vol 29, SBHT, Paternoster, 2007)

Foreword
David Bebbington

Hanserd Knollys, the English Particular Baptists and Mission in the Seventeenth Century
Dennis C. Bustin

Andrew Fuller on Mission: Text and Passion
Michael A. G. Haykin

Irish Baptists: Home Mission and Denominational Home Rule in the Nineteenth and
Twentieth Centuries
Maurice Dowling

‘The world is our parish': Spurgeon’s College and World Mission, 1856-1892
Ian Randall

International Mission of the Old Baptist Union, 1895-1914
Michael J. Collis

Romanian Baptists and Mission in the Twentieth Century
Otniel Bunaciu

‘Do the Holy Scriptures Countenance Such Wild Disorder?': Baptist Growth in the
Eighteenth-Century American South
Thomas S. Kidd

The First One Hundred Years of Baptist Home Mission in North America:
Civilization, Denominationalism, and Americanization
Gregory A. Wills

Nineteeth-Century Baptist Missions in Mexico, 1827-1903
Justice C. Anderson

Recruiting for Missions: The Baylor Volunteer Foreign Mission Band, 1900-1906
Williams L. Pitts, Jr

The Association Plan: A Landmark Baptist Alternative to the Convention System
J. Kristian Pratt

A Mission Transformed: Fellowship Baptist Outreach in Quebec, 1953-1986
Paul R. Wilson

‘The Fields are White unto Harvest but the Labourers are Few': Baptists and
Home Mission in the Nineteenth Century
Brian R. Talbot

Missionaries in the Guise of Physicians: Case Studies of the Canadian Baptist
and London Missionary Society Medical Missions in Late Nineteenth- and Early
Twentieth-Century South India
Raj Sekhar Basu

In Defence of Mass Conversion: John E. Clough and the American Baptist Telugu
Mission, 1865-1910
Paul W. Harris

When Missionaries were Hated: An Examination of the Canadian Baptist Defence of
Imperialism and Missions during the Boxer Rebellion, 1900
Gordon L. Heath

The Early Days of the French Bible Mission in the Ivory Coast, 1927-1945
Jacques Blocher

Latvian Baptist Missionary Work in Latin America in the Twentieth Century
Valdis Teraudkalns

Earl C. Merrick: Turning the World Upside Down in Bolivia
Sharon Leighton

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