Baptists and the World: Renewing the Vision edited by John H. Y. Briggs and Anthony R. Cross (Centre for Baptist History and Heritage Vol 8; Regent’s Park College, 2011)

Papers from the Baptist Historical Society Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, July 2008

1. Conscience and Dissent in a Believers’ Church: Renewing Baptist Global Identity – Bill J. Leonard

2. Renewing the Vision: History for the Health of the Church – Catriona Gorton

3. Baptists and Fellowship: Praxis in Search of Theology – Mark Hopkins

4. A Particular View of the World: Evangelism in the Thought of Benjamin KEach (1640-1704) – Jonathan W. Arnold

5. ‘Rousing the Attention of Christians': Scottish Baptists and the Baptist Missionary Society prior to the Twentieth Century – Brian Talbot

6. What About the Widows? An Appeal to Nineteenth-Century Baptist Women – Karen Smith

7. ‘Working women make happy homes': Marianne Faringham and the Role of Women in the Late Nineteenth Century

8. Modern Implications of John Clifford’s Theological Understanding of Socialism – Matthew Tennant

9. ‘Against the Tide': Episodes Highlighting the Situation of Religious Freedom for Baptists in Central and Eastern Europe, 1908-2008 – Tony Peck

10. Re-Evaluating Baptist Mission in the Baltics – Toivo Pilli

11. Baptist-Anabaptist Identity Amongst European Baptists since the 1950s – Ian M. Randall

12. God’s ‘Moses’ for Pentecostalism: A Study of a Baptist Pastor, Joseph Smale (1867-1926) – Timothy B. Welch

13. The Era of British Pre-Eminence in the Baptist World Alliance – Richard V. Pierard

14. From Mission to Church: The Foundation and Expansion of The Evangelical Baptist Church in Angola – Jim Grenfell

15. On Baptist Identity in the Southern Hemisphere: Narrative Reflections on Similarity and Diversity within the Baptist Vision – Brian Harris

16. The 2008 New Baptist Covenant Celebration through Seminarians’ Eyes – William Loyd Allen and Bailey Edwards Nelson

British Baptist Historians 6: Brian Stanley

Lecturer in Church History, Trinity College, Bristol

Director of the Henry Martyn Centre for the Study of Mission and World Christianity, Cambridge

Professor of World Christianity, Edinburgh (2008-)

Major Publications

‘C. H. Spurgeon and the Baptist Missionary Society 1863-1866’, Baptist Quarterly 29.7 (July 1982): 319-28.

‘Winning the world: William Carey and the missionary movement’ in Heritage of Freedom (Lion Publishing, 1984): 77-83.
‘“The Miser of Headingley”: Robert Arthington and the Baptist Missionary Society, 1877-1900’, in W. J. Sheils and Diana Wood (eds), The Church and Wealth, Studies in Church History, 24 (Blackwell, 1987): 371-82.

‘“Nineteenth-century liberation theology”: nonconformist missionaries and imperialism’, Baptist Quarterly 22.1 (Jan. 1987): 5-18.

‘The history of the Baptist Missionary Society, 1792-1992’, Bulletin of the Scottish Institute of Missionary Studies, 4-5 (1988-9): 93-5.

The Bible and the Flag: Protestant Missions and British Imperialism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Apollos, 1990).

The History of the Baptist Missionary Society, 1792-1992 (T. & T. Clark, 1992).

‘Planting self-governing churches: British Baptist ecclesiology in a missionary context’, Baptist Quarterly 34.8 (Oct. 1992): 378-89.

‘The origins and early work of the Baptist Missionary Society’, in R. L. Greenall (ed.) The Kettering Connection: Northamptonshire Baptists and Overseas Missions (University of Leicester Adult Education Department, 1993): 14-32.

‘British Evangelicals and overseas concerns, 1833-1970’ in J. R. Wolffe (ed.), Evangelical Faith and Public Zeal: Evangelicals and Society in Britain 1780-1980 (SPCK, 1995): 81-96.

‘A Cambridge passage through India: the making of T. R. Glover’s The Jesus of History’, Cambridge Review 119:2331 (Nov. 1998): 60-69.

‘The future in the past: eschatological vision in British and American Protestant missionary history’, Tyndale Bulletin 51:1 (May 2000): 101-20.

(ed.), Christian Missions and the Enlightenment (Eerdmans, 2001)

‘“The old religion and the new”: India and the making of T. R. Glover’s The Jesus of History’, in D. W. Bebbington (ed.), The Gospel in the World (Paternoster Press, 2002): 295-312
‘Edinburgh 1910 and the Oikumene’, in Anthony Cross (ed.), Ecumenism and History (Paternoster Press, 2002): 89-105.

(ed.), Missions, Nationalism and the End of Empire (Eerdmans, 2003)

(ed.) with  Sheridan Gilley, The Cambridge History of Christianity Vol 8: World Christianities, c. 1815 – c. 1914 (Cambridge, 2006)

‘Baptists, anti-slavery and the legacy of imperialism’, Baptist Quarterly 42 (Oct. 2007): 284-95.

The World Missionary Conference: Edinburgh 1910 (Eerdmans, 2009)

‘Missiology’ in David Fergusson et al (ed.), The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology (Cambridge, 2011)

British Baptist Historians 5: David Bebbington

PhD (Cambridge 1973)

1976-1999 Lecturer in History, University of Stirling
1999- Professor of History, University of Stirling
2003-2005 Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at Baylor University
2006-07 President of the Ecclesiastical History Society.

1982 Laing Lecture, London Bible College
1999 Didsbury Lectures, Nazarene Theological College, Manchester
2000 Drew Lecture, Spurgeon’s College
2006 Laing Lecture, London School of Theology

Major Publications

Patterns in History: A Christian Perspective on Historical Thought (IVP, 1979, Baker, 1990)

The Nonconformist conscience: chapel and politics, 1870-1914 (Allen & Unwin, 1982)

(ed.), The Baptists in Scotland (1988)

Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s (Unwin Hyman, 1989)

William Ewart Gladstone: Faith and Politics in Victorian Britain (Eerdmans, 1993)

‘Evangelicalism in Its Settings: The British and American Movements since 1940′ in Mark Noll, David Bebbington and George Rawlyk (eds.), Evangelicalism: Comparative Studies of Popular Protestantism in North America, the British Isles and Beyond, 1700-1990 (Oxford, 1994)

‘Gospel and Culture in Victorian Nonconformity’ in Alan Kreider and Jane Shaw (eds.), Culture and Nonconformist Tradition (University of Wales, 1999)

‘Science and Evangelical Theology in Britain from Wesley to Orr’ in David N. Livingstone et al (eds.), Evangelicals and Science in Historical Perspective (Oxford, 1999)

Holiness in Nineteenth-Century England. The 1998 Didsbury Lectures (Paternoster, 2000)

(ed.), The Gospel in the World: International Baptist Studies (Paternoster, 2002)

‘Evangelism and Spirituality in Twentieth-Century Protestant Nonconformity’ in Alan P. F. Sell and Anthony R. Cross (eds.), Protestant Nonconformity in the Twentieth Century (Paternoster, 2002)

‘The Democratization of British Christianity: The Baptist Case 1770-1870′ in Anthony R. Cross (ed.), Ecumenism and History: Studies in Honour of John H. Y. Briggs (Paternoster, 2002)

(ed.) with Timothy Larsen, Modern Christianity and cultural aspirations (Sheffield Academic Press, 2003)

The Mind of Gladstone: Religion, Homer, and Politics (Oxford, 2004)

The Dominance of Evangelicalism: The Age of Spurgeon and Moody (IVP, 2005)

‘The Growth of Voluntary Religion’ in Sheridan Gilley and Brian Stanley (eds.), World Christianities, c.1815-1914. The Cambridge History of Christianity (Cambridge, 2006)

“Evangelicals and Public Worship 1965 – 2005,” The Evangelical Quarterly 79.1 (Jan-Mar. 2007): 3-22.

‘Evangelicalism and Cultural Diffusion’ in Mark Smith (ed.), British Evangelical Identities Past and Present Vol 1.: Aspects of History and Sociology of Evangelicalism in Britain and Ireland (Paternoster, 2008)

‘Response’ in Michael A. G. Haykin and Kenneth J. Stewart (eds.), The Emergence of Evangelicalism: Exploring Historical Continuities (IVP, 2008)

‘Evangelicalism’ in David Fergusson (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Nineteenth-Century Theology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)

British Baptist Historians 1: B. R. White

Born 1934

DPhil (1961) Oxford

1963-72 Tutor in Ecclesiastical History, Regent’s Park College, Oxford
1972-89 Principal, Regent’s Park College, Oxford
1989-99 Senior Research Fellow in Ecclesiastical History, Regent’s Park College, Oxford

1973 elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
1981-93 President, Baptist Historical Society

Publications

‘A Puritan Work by Robert Browne’, Baptist Quarterly 18 (1959)

‘Thomas Crosby, Baptist Historian’, Baptist Quarterly 21 (1965) and (1966)

‘The Organization of the Particular Baptists 1644-1646′, Journal of Ecclesiastical History 17 (1966)

‘Baptist Beginnings and the Kiffin Manuscript’, Baptist History and Heritage 1 (1967)

‘William Kiffin – Baptist Pioneer and Citizen of London’, Baptist History and Heritage 2 (1967)

‘John Gill in London, 17191729: A Biographical Fragment’, Baptist Quarterly 22 (1967)

‘The Doctrine of the Church in the Particular Baptist Confession of 1644′, Journal of Theological Studies 19 (1968)

‘The Baptists of Reading 1652-1715′, Baptist Quarterly 22 (1968)

‘Why Bother with History?’, Baptist History and Heritage 4 (1969)

‘William Erbery (1604-1654) and the Baptists’, Baptist Quarterly 23 (1969)

‘Isaac Backus and Baptist History’, Baptist History and Heritage 5 (1970)

‘How Did William Kiffin Join the Baptists?’ Baptist Quarterly 23 (1970)

‘Daniel Roberts of Reaading and the Quakers’, Baptist Quarterly 23 (1970)

(ed.) Association Records of the Particular Baptists of England, Wales and Ireland to 1660. 3 parts (Baptist Historical Society, 1971-1974)

The English Separatist Tradition: From the Marian Martyrs to the Pilgrim Fathers (Oxford, 1971)

‘Samuel Eaton (d.1639): Particular Baptist Pioneer’, Baptist Quarterly 24.1 (January 1971), pp.10-21

‘Thomas Collier and Gangraena Edwards’ Baptist Quarterly 24 (1971)

‘Two Early Propagandists for Believers’ Baptism’, Baptist Quarterly 24 (1971)

‘Open and Closed Membership Among English and Welsh Baptists’, Baptist Quarterly 24.7 (July 1972), 330-34.

‘Baptists in Barnstaple, Devon 1650-1652′, Baptist Quarterly 24 (1972)

‘The English Baptists and the Great Rebellion’. Baptist History and Heritage 8 (1973)

‘John Pendarves, the Calvinistic Baptists, and the Fifth Monarchy’, Baptist Quarterly 25.6 (April 1974), pp.251-272.

‘Baptist Beginnings in Watford’, Baptist Quarterly 26 (1976)

Authority: A Baptist View (Baptist Union, 1976)

‘Early Baptist Letters (I)’ Baptist Quarterly 27 (1977)

‘Henry Jessey in the Great Rebellion’ in R. Buick Knox (ed.), Reformation, Conformity and Dissent: Essays in Honour of Geoffrey Nuttall (Epworth, 1976)

The English Baptists of the Seventeenth Century (Baptist Historical Society, 1983, Rev. and Exp. 1994)

‘The English Separatists and John Smyth Revisited’, Baptist Quarterly 30 (October 1984), pp.344-347.

‘The Practice of Association’ in D. Slater (ed.), Perspectives on Baptist Identity (Mainstream, 1987)

‘The London Calvinistic Baptist Leadership 1644-1660′ in J. H. Y. Briggs (ed.), Faith, Heritage and Witness (supplement to Baptist Quarterly 32, 1987)

‘The Fellowship of Believers: Bunyan and Puritanism’ in N. H. Keeble (ed.), John Bunyan, Conventicle and Parassus (Oxford, 1988)

‘Early Baptist Arguments for Religious Freedom’, Baptist History and Heritage 14 (1989)

‘Anabaptist Studies: A Review Article’, Baptist Quarterly 34 (1990)

‘Origins and Convictions of the First Calvinistic Baptists’, Baptist History and Heritage 15 (1990)

‘John Bunyan and the Context of Persecution 1660-1688′ in Anne Laurence et al (eds.), John Bunyan and his Englan 1628-1688 (Hambledon Continuum, 1990)

‘The Twilight of Puritanism in the Years before and after 1688′ in Ole Peter Grell et al (eds.), From Persecution to Toleration: The Glorious Revolution and Religion in England (Oxford, 1991)

‘Death and the Life Thereafter in the Thinking of William Tyndale’ in John E. Colwell (ed.), Called to One Hope: Perspectives on the Life to Come. A Selection of the Drew Lectures on Immortality delivered at Spurgeon’s College (Paternoster, 2000)

British Baptist Historians 3: Karen E. Smith

Karen Smith has been teaching at the South Wales Baptist College since 1991, and is the pastor of Orchard Place Baptist Church in Neath. She was brought up in Georgia (U.S.A.) and graduated from Mercer University in Macon and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She then went to Oxford University where she did research on eighteenth century Baptist life under the supervision of B. R. White (DPhil 1987). Dr Smith has written a number of articles and contributed to scholarly works on Baptist history and spirituality. She gave the 1994 Hughey Memorial Lectures at IBTS.

Selected Publications

‘Beyond Public and Private Spheres: Another Look at Women in Baptist History and Historiography’, Baptist Quarterly 34.4 (1991), 79-87

‘The Role of Women in Early Baptist Missions’, Review and Expositor 89.1 (Winter, 1992), 35-48

‘The Liberty Not to Be a Christian: Robert Robinson (1735-1790) of Cambridge and Freedom of Conscience’ in Distinctively Baptist essays on Baptist history: a festschrift in honor of Walter. B. Shurden (Mercer, 1995)

‘The Covenant Life of some Eighteenth-Century Calvinistic Baptists in Hampshire and Wiltshire’ in Pilgrim Pathways: essays in Baptist history in honour of B. R. White (Mercer, 1999)

‘Forgotten Sisters: The Contributions of Some Notable but Un-noted British Baptist Women’ in Recycling the Past or Researching History?: Studies in Baptist Historiography and Myths (Paternoster, 2005)

‘British Women and the Baptist World Alliance: Honoured Partners and Fellow Workers?’, Baptist Quarterly 41.1 (January 2005), 25-46

‘Preparation as a Discipline of Devotion in Eighteenth-Century England: A Lost Facet of Baptist Identity?’ in Baptist Identities: International Studies from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries (Paternoster, 2006)

‘Women in Cultural Captivity: British Women and the Zenana Mission’ Baptist History and Heritage 41.1 (Winter 2006), 30-41

Christian Spirituality (SCM, 2008)

‘What About the Widows?: An Appeal to Nineteenth-Century Baptist Women’ in John H. Y. Briggs and Anthony R. Cross (eds.), Baptists and the World: Renewing the Vision (CBHHS Vol. 8.: Regent’ s Park College, 2011).

The Community and the Believers: A Study of Calvinistic Baptist Spirituality in Some Towns and Villages of Hampshire and the Borders of Wiltshire, c.1730-1830 (Paternoster, forthcoming)

British Baptist Historians 2: Ian M. Randall

1980-83 Regent’s Park College, Oxford.

MPhil (London Bible College)
PhD (University of Wales)

1992-2007 Tutor in church history and spirituality, Spurgeon’s College
1999 to 2002 Director of Baptist and Anabaptist Studies, International Baptist Theological Seminary, Prague, Czech Republic.
2002 – Senior Research Fellow, International Baptist Theological Seminary, Prague, Czech Republic.
2007- Director of Research, Spurgeon’s College

2009-  Editor, Baptist Quarterly

Major Publications

‘Mere Denominationalism: F B Meyer and Baptist Life’, Baptist Quarterly 25.1 (1993)

‘Capturing Keswick: Baptists and the Changing Spirituality of the Keswick Convention in the 1920s’, Baptist Quarterly 36.7 (1996)

‘”Austere Ritual”: the Reformation of Worship in Inter-War English Congregationalism’ in R. N. Swanson (ed.), Continuity and Change in Christian Worship. Studies in Church History Vol 35 (Boydell, 1999)

Evangelical Experiences: A Study in Spirituality of English Evangelicalism 1918-1939 (Paternoster, 1999)

‘”Arresting People for Christ”: Baptists and the Oxford Group in the 1930s’, Baptist Quarterly 38.1 (1999)

Educating Evangelicalism: The Origins, Development and Impact of London Bible College (Paternoster, 2000)

with Charles Price, Transforming Keswick (Paternoster, 2000)

‘”Pious Wishes” Baptist Quarterly 38.7 (July 2000)

with David Hilborn, One Body in Christ: The history and significance of the Evangelical Alliance (Paternoster, 2001)

‘The blessings of an enlightened Christianity : North American involvement in European Baptist origins’, American Baptist Quarterly 20.1 (2001)

‘”Days of Pentecostal Overflowing”: Baptists and the Shaping of Pentecostalism’ in D. Bebbington (ed.), The Gospel in the World. SBHT Vol 1 (Paternoster, 2002)

‘”Every Apostolic Church a Mission Society”: European Baptist Origins and Identity’ in Anthony R. Cross (ed.), Ecumenism and History: Studies in Honour of John H. Y. Briggs (Paternoster, 2002)

with Tim Grass, ‘C. H. Spurgeon on the Sacraments’ in A. R. Cross and P. E. Thompson (eds.), Baptist Sacramentalism. SBHT Vol 5 (Paternoster, 2003)

Spirituality and Social Change: The Contribution of F.B. Meyer (1847-1929) (Paternoster Press, 2003)

‘A Good Bench of Bishops?’ in S. Murray-Williams (ed.), Translocal Ministry (Baptist Union, 2004)

The English Baptists of the 20th Century (Baptist Historical Society, 2005)

‘The Breath of Revival’: The Welsh Revival and Spurgeon’s College’ Baptist Quarterly 40.4 (2005)

‘English Baptists in the Twentieth Century’ Baptist Quarterly 41.7 (2005)

“‘The Low Condition of the Churches’: Difficulties Faced by the General Baptists in England – the 1680s to the 1760s”, Pacific Journal of Baptist Research, 1.1 (October 2005), 3-19.

What a Friend we have in Jesus: The Evangelical Tradition (Darton, Longmann & Todd, 2005)

‘A Mission Spirituality: Moravian Brethren and eighteen-century English evangelicalism’, Transformation 23.4 (October 2006)

‘Introduction’ in I. M. Randall, T. Pilli & A. R. Cross, Baptist Identities: International Studies from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Studies. SHBT Vol. 26 (Paternoster, 2006)

‘Mission in post-Christendom: Anabaptist and Free Church Perspectives’, Evangelical Quarterly LXXXIX.3 (Jul 2007)

‘”The world is our parish”: Spurgeon’s college and World Mission, 1856-1892′ in I. Randall & A. R. Cross (eds.), Baptists and Mission. SBHT Vol 29 (Paternoster, 2007)

‘Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the Pastor’s College and the Downgrade Controversy’ in K. Cooper and J. Gregory (eds.), Discipline and Diversity. Studies in Church History Vol 43 (Boydell, 2007)

‘Baptist Revival and Renewal in the 1960s’ in K. Cooper & J. Gregory (eds.), Revival and Resurgence in Christian History. Studies in Church History Vol 44 (Boydell, 2008)

‘The Baptist Convictions of Martin Luther King Jr.’, Journal of European Baptist Studies 9 (2008), pp.5-21

Communities of Conviction: Baptist Beginnings in Europe and the Middle East (European Baptist Federation, 2009)

‘Part of a movement: Nigel Wright and Baptist Life’ in P. Lalleman (ed.), Challenging to Change: Dialogues with a radical baptist theologian. Essays presented to Dr Nigel G. Wright on his sixtieth birthday (Spurgeon’s College, 2009)

‘Tracing Baptist Theological Footprints: A European Perspective’, Perspectives in Religious Studies 36.2 (Summer 2009)

Religious Liberty in Continental Europe: Campaigning by British Baptists, 1840s to 1930s. The 2012 Whitley Lecture (Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2012)

‘Baptist Growth in England’ in David Goodhew (ed.), Church Growth in Britain: 1980 to the Present (Ashgate, 2012)

British Baptist Historians 4: John H Y Briggs

John Briggs is Senior Research Fellow in Church History (2001-) and was the Director of the Centre for Baptist History and Heritage (2002-2009), Regent’s Park College, Oxford. He is also Research Professor in Baptist History at IBTS. John is a past chairman of the Baptist World Alliance’s Baptist History and Heritage Commission (1990-95). He was editor of The Baptist Quarterly between 1985-2008. You can read his Inaugural Lecture as Director here. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre.

Major Publications


Victorian Nonconformity
(Hodder & Stoughton, 1973) with Ian Sellers

Freedom: A Baptist View (Baptist Union, 1978)

‘She-preachers, widows and other women: The Feminine dimension in Baptist life since 1600′, Baptist Quarterly 31.7 (July 1986), pp.337-52.

‘Baptists and Higher Education in England’ in William H. Brackney with Ruby J. Burke (eds.), Faith, Life and Witness: The Papers of the Study and Research Division of the Baptist World Alliance – 1986-1990 (Samford University Press, 1990)

‘Evangelical Ecumenism: The Amalgamation of General and Particular Baptists in 1891’, Baptist Quarterly 34.3 (July, 1991) and 34.4 (October, 1991)

The English Baptists of the Nineteenth Century (Baptist Historical Society, 1994)

‘Politics and Pulpit: Robert Hall and the ‘Signs of the Times” in Culture and Non-Conformist Tradition, pp.63-94, (eds.) Alan Krieder and Jane Shaw (University of Wales Press, 1999)

(ed.) with Paul Fiddes, William Brackney, Pilgrim Pathways: Essays in Baptist History in Honour of B.R. White (Mercer, 1999)

‘Active, Bust, Zealous’: The Reverend Dr. Cox of Hackney’ in Pilgrim Pathways: Essays in Baptist History in Honour of B.R. White (Mercer, 1999)

‘F.A. COX OF HACKNEY: Nineteenth-Century Baptist Theologian, Historian, Controversialist, and Apologist’, Baptist Quarterly 38.8 (October, 2000)

(ed.) with Mercy Oduyoye and Georges Tsetsis, A History of the Ecumenical Movement Vol 3: 1968-2000 (WCC, 2004)

‘British Baptists and the beginnings of the Baptist World Alliance’, Baptist Quarterly 41.1 (January 2005)

‘Confessional Identity, Denominational Institutions and Relations with Others: A Study in Changing Contexts’ in A. R. Cross & P. E. Thompson, Recycling the Past or Researching History? Studies in Baptist Historiography and Myths (Paternoster, 2005)

‘Baptists and the Campaign to Abolish the Slave Trade’, Baptist Quarterly 42.4 (October 2007)

(ed.) with Stephen Orchard, The Sunday School Movement: Studies in the Growth and Decline of Sunday Schools (Paternoster, 2007)

(ed.) Pulpit and People: Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Baptist Life and Thought (Paternoster, 2009)

(ed.), Dictionary of European Baptist Life and Thought (Paternoster, 2009)

See an appreciation of John Briggs by Faith Bowers in Ecumenism and History: Studies in Honour of John H.Y. Briggs, (ed.) Anthony Cross (Paternoster, 2002)

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