Top Ten Recent Books on Baptist History and Theology

1. Baptist Through the Centuries by David Bebbington (2010)

2. Tracks and Traces: Baptist Identity in Church and Theology by Paul S. Fiddes (2003)

3. Free Church, Free State: A Positive Baptist Vision by Nigel Wright (2005)

4. Baptist Confessions of Faith edited by William Lumpkin (Rev Ed., 2011)

5. Baptist Theology by Stephen R. Holmes (forthcoming 2012)

6. Baptist Theology: A Four-century Study by James Leo Garrett (2009)

7. On Being the Church: Revisioning Baptist Identity by Brian Haymes, Anthony R. Cross and Ruth Gouldbourne (2009)

8. Baptist Roots edited by James W. McClendon, Curtis W. Freeman and C. Rosalee Velloso (1999)

9. Baptist Ways: A History by Bill Leonard (2003)

10. A Global Introduction to Baptist Churches by Robert E. Johnson (2010)


Baptists books that marked 400th Anniversary

Exploring Baptists Origins (Regent’s Park College, 2010) – lectures from the Centre of History and Heritage, Regent’s Park College. Contributors include Paul Fiddes, Steve Holmes, Brian Haymes and Anthony Cross. Contents here

Beyond 400: Exploring Baptist Futures (Pickwick, 2011) – papers from conference at Vose Seminary, Western Australia. Contributors include Nigel Wright. Martin Sutherland and Neville Callum. Contents here

Distinctly Baptist: Proclaiming Identity in a New Generation (Judson Press, 2011) – sermons from George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor. Contributors include Roger Olson, Brian Brewer and Foreword by David Bebbington. Contents here.

On another note there is a new revised edition of William Lumpkin’s Baptist Confessions of Faith (Judson, 2011). Contents here.

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 – Linda Hopkins

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

The “Plainly Revealed” Word of God?: Baptist Hermeneutics in Theory and Practice edited by Helen Dare and Simon Woodman (Mercer, 2011)

Section 1: Baptist Biblical Engagement Reviewed

(Early) Baptist Identity and the Acts of the Apostles: Hermeneutical Insights from the Baptists’ Bible Project – Mikeal C. Parsons

A Sample of Baptist Contributions to Johannine Scholarship – R. Alan Culpepper

Prophecy, Corporate Personality, and Suffering: Some Themes and Methods in Baptist Old Testament Scholarship – Paul S. Fiddes

Response to Paul Fiddes – Rex Mason

Section 2: Baptist Biblical Encounters Analysed

Gathering Round the Word: Baptists, Scripture and Worship – Christopher J. Ellis

The Bible in the Flesh: Pragmatism and Community in Lewis Misselbrook’s Bible Study Notes – Simon Perry

Hermeneutics: The Interface between Critical Scholarship and the Faith of the Community – Rex Mason

Section 3: Baptist Biblical Hermeneutics Explored

Baptists and Biblical Interpretation: Reading the Bible with Christ – Ian Birch

Baptist Convictional Hermeneutics – Parush R. Parushev

The Word of His Grace: What’s So Distinctive About Scripture? – John E. Colwell

Section 4: Baptist Interpretative Difference Negotiated

The Dissenting Voice: Journeying Together toward a Baptist Hermeneutic – Simon Woodman

‘In the Fray’: Reading the Bible in Relationship – Helen Dare

Persuading Friends: Friendship and Testimony in Baptist Interpretative Communities – Sean Winter

Section 5: Baptist Hermeneutics in Wider Perspective

The Grammar of Baptist Assent – Brian Brock

In Appreciation of ‘Reluctant’ Prophets – William John Lyons


Baptist Quarterly, October 2011

Civil Liberties and Baptists: William Winterbotham of Plymouth in prison and thinking of Amercia – Emma MacLeod

British Baptist Crucicentrism since the late Eighteenth Century: Part 1 – David Bebbington

Caleb Evans’ Ministerial Formation at the Mile End Academy, 1752-58 – Roger Hayden

Seminary in Crisis: a Review Article – John H. Y. Briggs