British Baptist Historians 1: B. R. White

Born 1934. Died 12th November 2016.

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


‘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)


Translocal Ministry: Equipping the Churches for Mission, edited by Stuart Murray (BU, 2004)

Introduction – Stuart Murray

The Case for Translocal Ministry – Nigel G Wright

Translocal Ministry: New Testament Perspectives – Sean Winter

Messengers: Do they have a message for us? – Ruth Gouldbourne

‘A Good Bench of Bishops’: Early Baptist Superintendency – Ian Randall

Translocal Leadership: A Theological Reflection – John Weaver

Contemporary Models of Translocal Ministry: A Critical Appraisal – Paul Goodliff

Translocal Ministry in Post-Christendom – Stuart Murray

Translocal Ministry and the Mission Imperative – Stephen Ibbotson

Translocal Episcope and Local Church Mission – Brian Nicholls

Continuity and Change : Perspectives from Down Under – Anne Wilkinson-Hayes / Reflections on Conflict Resolution – Viv Lassetter

The Continuning Conversatio: Translocal Ministry and the Five Core Values – Myra Blyth

Perspectives in Religious Studies, Summer 2009

This edition includes a good set of articles, including some British contributors

Tracing Baptist Theological Footprints: A European Perspective – Ian M. Randall

Practicing the Faith in the Baptist Tradition: A Response to Ian Randall – Curtis Freeman

Defining and Shaping an Adequate Theological Curriculum for Ministerial Training – Brian Harris

Promoting a subversive spirituality: new wineskins and new wine in mission and evangelism – Michael J. Quicke

Who is Worship For? Dispatches from the War Zone – Christopher J. Ellis

The Sacredness of God’s Creation – David P. Gushee

Co-redeemers: a theological basis for creation care – John Weaver

North American Baptist Theologians 6: Curtis W. Freeman

1987-2001 Professor of Christianity, Houston Baptist University
2001- Research Professor of Theology and Baptist Studies and Director of the Baptist House of Studies, Duke Divinity School

Major Publications

(ed.) with Gary Furr, Ties that Bind: Life together in the Baptist vision (Smyth & Helwys, 1994)

‘A Confession for Catholic Baptists’ in Ties that Bind: Life together in the Baptist vision (Smyth & Helwys, 1994), 83-97

‘Towards a Sensus Fidelium for an Evangelical Church: Postconservatives & Postliberals on Reading Scripture’ in T. R. Philips & D. L. Okholm (eds.),  The Nature of Confession: Evangelicals and Postliberals in Conversation (IVP, 1996), 162-180

‘Can Baptist Theology Be Revisioned?’, Perspectives in Religious Studies 24 (Fall 1997), 273-310

(ed.) with James W. McClendon & C. R. V. da Silva, Baptist roots: a reader in the theology of a Christian people (Judson, 1999)

‘”To Feed Upon the Faith”: Nourishment from the Lord’s Table’ in A. R. Cross & P. E. Thompson, Baptist Sacramentalism (Paternoster, 2003), 194-210

“Where Two or Three Are Gathered: Communion Ecclesiology in the Free Church.” Perspectives in Religious Studies, 31.3 (Fall 2004), 259-272.

‘A Theology for Brethren, radical believers, and other Baptists: A Review Essay of James McClendon’s Systematic Theology’, Brethren Life and Thought 51.1-2 (Winter/Spring 2006), pp106-115

‘Can the Secular be Sanctified?’ in D. Schmeltekopf & D. Vitanza (eds.), The Future of Baptist Higher Education (Baylor University Press, 2006)

‘God in Three Persons: Baptist Unitarianism and the Trinity’, Perspectives in Religious Studies 33 (Fall 2006)

‘Roger Williams, American Democracy and the Baptists’, Perspectives in Religious Studies 34.3 (Fall 2007)

‘Back to the Future of Trinitarianism?’ in T. George & E. Mason, Theology in the Service of the Church: Essays Presented to Fisher H. Humphreys (Mercer, 2008)

‘Practicing the faith in the Baptist tradition: a response to Ian Randall’, Perspectives in Religious Studies 36.2 (Summer 2009)

‘Alerity and Its Cure’, Cross Currents 59.4 (December 2009)

‘Visionary Women Among Early Baptists’, Baptist Quarterly 43 (January, 2010)

(ed.), A Company of Women Preachers: Baptist Prophetesses in Seventeenth-Century England. A Reader (Baylor, 2011)

‘E. Y. Mullins and the Siren Songs of Modernity’ in Keith Harper (ed.) Through a Glass Darkly: Contested Notions of Baptist Identity (University of Alabama, 2012)

Contesting Catholicity: Theology for Other Baptists (Baylor, 2014)

Undomesticated Dissent (Baylor, 2017)

North American Baptist Theologians 5: Barry Harvey

Ph.D. – Duke (1987)

Professor of Theology, Baylor

Selected Publications

“Insanity, Theocracy, and the Public Realm: Public Theology, the Church, and the Politics of Liberal Democracy,” Modern Theology 10 (January 1994): 27–57.

“The Body Politic of Christ: Theology, Social Analysis, and Bonhoeffer’s Arcane Discipline,” Modern Theology 13 (July 1997): 319–346.

“Round and Round About the Town: The Ecclesial Dimensions of Living In the Truth,” Perspectives in Religious Studies 25.1 (Spring 1998): 105-114.

Another City: An Ecclesiological Primer for a Post-Christian World (Trinity Press International, 1999)

‘Doctrinally Speaking: James McClendon on the Nature of Doctrine’, Perspectives in Religious Studies 27.1 (Spring 2000), pp.39-60

“The Eucharistic Idiom of the Gospel,” Pro Ecclesia 9 (Summer 2000): 297–318

“Where, Then, Do We Stand?: Baptists, History, and Authority,” Perspectives in Religious Studies 29.4 (Winter 2002), 359-380.

‘Beginning in the Middle of Things: Following James McClendon’s Systematic Theology‘, Modern Theology 18.2 (April 2002)

‘Re-Membering the Body: Baptism, Eucharist and the Politics of Disestablishment’ in Anthony R. Cross and Philip E. Thompson (eds.), Baptist Sacramentalism (Paternoster, 2003)

‘Imagination and the nature of evil’, Theology Today 63.4 (2007), 450-458

Can These Bones Live? A Catholic Baptist Engagement with Ecclesiology, Hermeneutics, and Social Theory (Brazos Press, 2008)

‘Society as a Function of Education’ in Roger Ward and David Gushee (eds.), The Scholarly Vocation and the Baptist Academy: Essays on the future of Baptist Higher Education (Mercer, 2008)

‘Preserving the world for Christ’, Scottish Journal of Theology 61 (2008)

‘The Labortatory of the Living Word – Paul Lehmann on Conscience, Church, and the Politics of God’ in Philip G. Ziegler and Michelle J. Bartel (eds.), Explorations in Christian Theology and Ethics: Essays in Conversation with Paul L. Lehmann (Ashgate, 2009)

Taking Hold of the Real (Cascade)

Baptists and the Catholic Tradition: Reimagining the Church’s Witness in the Modern World (Baker, 2020)