North American Baptist Theologians 9: Philip E. Thompson

PhD 1995 (Emory University)

2007-  Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Heritage, Sioux Falls Seminary, South Dakota


“People of the Free God: The Passion of Seventeenth Century Baptists.” American
Baptist Quaterly XV.3 (September 1996): 223-41.

“A New Question in Baptist History: Seeking a Catholic Spirit Among Early Baptists.”
Pro Ecclesia VIII.1 (winter 1999): 51-72.

“Re-Envisioning Baptist Identity: Historical, Theological, and Liturgical Analysis.”
Perspectives in Religious Studies 27.3 (Fall 2000): 287-302.

‘Memorial Dimensions of Baptism’ in Stanley E. Porter and Anthony R. Cross, eds.
Dimensions of Baptism: Biblical and Theological Studies (JSNTS 234. London: Sheffield
Academic Press, 2002) 304-24.

“Seventeenth Century Baptist Confessions in Context.” Perspectives in Religious Studies
29.4 (Winter 2002): 335-348.

“Baptists’ Sacraments and Religious Liberty: From Critical Ally to Rejected Encroachment.” Anthony R. Cross and Philip E. Thompson (eds.), Baptist Sacramentalism (Studies in Baptist History and Thought vol. 5; Carlisle: Paternoster, 2003) 36-54.

“Baptists and ‘Calvinism’ – Discerning the Shape of the Question.” Baptist History and
Heritage XXXIX.2 (spring 2004): 61-76.

‘‘As It Was In The Beginning’ (?): The Myth of Changelessness in Baptist Life and
Belief’ in Philip E. Thompson and Anthony R. Cross (eds.), Recycling the Past or Researching History? Studies in Baptist Historiography and Myth (Studies in Baptist History and Thought, vol. 11; Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2005), 184-206.

‘North American Baptists’ in W. Glenn Jonas, Jr., (ed.), The Baptist River:Essays on Many Tributaries of a Diverse Tradition (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2006) 182-205.

‘Introduction: Practicing Sacramentality in Baptist Modality’ in Anthony R. Cross and Philip E. Thompson (eds.), Baptist Sacramentalism 2 (Studies in Baptist History and Thought Vol 25; Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2008)

‘Dimensions of Memory: Challenges and Tasks in the Baptist Recovery of Tradition’ in
Roger A. Ward and Philip E. Thompson, (eds.), Tradition and the Baptist Academy
(Studies in Baptist History and Thought Vol 31; Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2011).

The Freedom of God: Towards Baptist Ecclesiology in Pneumatological Perspective.
(Studies in Baptist History and Thought; Milton Keynes: Paternoster, forthcoming)


North American Baptist Theologians 7: Douglas Harink

Ph.D. (Theology) 1988: University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology

Professor of Theology, King’s University College, Alberta

Major Publications

“For or Against the Nations: Yoder and Hauerwas, What’s the Difference?” Toronto Journal of Theology 17 (2001): 167-185.

Paul Among the Postliberals (Brazos, 2003)

“The Anabaptist and the Apostle: John Howard Yoder as a Pauline Theologian,” in Ben C. Ollenburger and Gayle Gerber Koontz, eds., A Mind Patient and Untamed: Assessing John Howard Yoder’s Contributions to Theology, Ethics, and Peacemaking (Telford, PA: Cascadia, 2004): 274-287.

1 & 2 Peter (Brazos / SCM, 2009)

‘Barth’s Apocalyptic Exegesis and the Question of Israel in Römerbrief, Chapters 9–11’, Toronto Journal of Theology 25.1 (2009)

‘Will Theological Education Be Theological?’, Toronto Journal of Theology 25.1 (2009)

(ed.), Paul, Philosophy, and the Theopolitical Vision: Critical Engagements with Agamben, Badiou, Zizek, and Others (Wipf & Stock, 2010)

Baptist Quarterly, October 2010

‘”The Glorious Lover”” Baptist literature of the 1680s and the Bride of Christ’ – Elizabeth Clarke

‘For God and the People: Baptist Deaconesses 1901-1905’ – Faith Bowers

‘The Baptist World Congress of 1905 and the Emergence of Black American Baptists on the International Scene’ – Richard V. Pierard

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)

Towards Baptist Catholicity: Essays on Tradition and the Baptist Vision by Steven R. Harmon (Vol. 27, SBHT, Paternoster, 2006)

Foreword – Paul Avis

1. ‘Catholic Baptists’ and the New Horzion of Tradition in Baptist Theology

2. Baptist Understandings of Theological Authority: A North American Perspective

3. The Authority of the Community (of All the Saints): Towards a Postmodern Baptist Hermeneutic of Tradition

4. Baptist Confessions of Faith and the Patristic Tradition

5. From Triadic Narrative to Narrating the Triune God: Towards a Baptist Appreciation of Trinitarian Catholicity

6. Hebrews in Patristic Perspective: Benefits of Catholicity for Baptist Biblical Interpretation

7. Hearing the Voice of the Community: Karl Barth’s Conversation with the Fathers as a Paradigm for Baptist and Evangelical Ressourcement

8. Praying and Believing: Retrieving the Patristic Interdependence of Worship and Theology

9. Contesting our Story: Catholicity and Communal Conflict in Baptist Higher Education

10. ‘What Keeps you from Becoming a Catholic?’ A Personal Epilogue

Appendix 1. Re-envisioning Baptist Identity: A Manifesto for Baptist Communities in North America

Appendix 2. Confessing the Faith

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

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

Baptist Identities: International Studies from the 17th to the 20th Century Edited by Ian Randall, Toivo Pilli and Anthony Cross (Vol 19, SBHT, Patenroster, 2006)

David Bebbington

Ian Randall

Hanserd Knollys and the Formation of Particular Baptist Identity in Seventeenth-
Century London
Dennis Bustin

Preparation as a Discipline of Devotion in Eighteenth-Century England: A Lost Facet of Baptist Identity?
Karen Smith

Conflicting Commitments? Baptist Identity and Welsh National Consciousness, 1649 to the Present
D. Densil Morgan

The Call of the Minister and Character of the Church: Baptist Identity at Morningside Baptist Church, Edinurgh, since 1894
John R. Barclay

Julius Kobner’s Contribution to Baptist Identity
Erich Geldbach

The Impact of Charismatic Christianity on Traditional French Baptist Idenitity
Sebastien Fath

Baptist Identities in Eastern Europe
Toivo Pilli

Leaving Behind Imagined Uniformity: Changing Identities of Latvian Baptist Churches
Valdis Teraudkalns

Alexander Campbell and Baptist Identity: Contributions and Challenges
Austin Bennett Amonette

Creeds and Controversies: Insights from William Bullein Johnson
Kenneth B. E. Roxburgh

The Meaning of ‘Baptist Union’ in Maritime Canada, 1846-1906
Daniel Goodwin

Baptist Identity in the Thought of Walter Rauschenbusch
Tadeusz J. Zielinksi

Baptists in Black and White: Evangelical diversity during the Montgomery, Alabama, Bus Boycott
Wayne Flynt

Women, Ministry and Identity: Establishing Female Deacons at First Baptist Church, Waco, 1996
William L. Pitts

Naga Baptists: A Brief Narrative of their Genesis
Robert Eric Frykenberg

From Southern Baptist Identity to Chinese Baptist Identity, 1850-1950
Li Li

Globalization as Local Phenomenon: Philippine Baptists and the Creation of Community at the end of the Twentieth Century
Brian M. Howell

‘Our Own Church in our own land’: The Shaping of Baptist Identity in Australia
Ken R. Manley

Theological Education and the Quest for Identity in the Baptist Convention of Zimbabwe
Henry Mugabe

Baptists, Religious Liberty and Evangelization: Nineteenth-Century Challenges
William H. Brackney

The Gospel in the World: International Baptist Studies edited by David W. Bebbington (Vol 1, SBHT, Paternoster, 2002)

David Bebbington

From Helwys to Leland: Baptists and Religious Tolerance in England and America,
John Coffey

Controversy and Communion: The Limits of Baptist Fellowship from Bunyan to Spurgeon
Timothy George

Transatlantic Relationships: The Making of an International Baptist Community
William H. Brackney

‘Days of Pentecostal Overflowing’: Baptists and the Shaping of Pentecostalism
Ian M. Randall

Particular Redemption in the Writings of Andrew Fuller (1754-1815)
Michael A. G. Haykin

‘The Glory of the Lamb’: The Gaelic Hymns of Peter Grant
Donald E. Meek

English Baptists, Jamaican Affairs and Nonconformist Conscience: The Campaign
against Governor Eyre
Timothy Larsen

Germany and Baptist Expansion in Nineteenth-Century Europe
Richard V. Pierard

Baptists in the Twentieth-Century Tsarist Empire and the Soviet Union
Maurice Dowling

Italian Baptists Since the Second World War: A Tentative Interpretation of
their Original Experience
Paolo Spanu

Patterns of Development among Baptists in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New
Guinea in the First Fifty Years since their Respective Beginnings
Tony Cupit

The Multiple Conversions of Timothy Richard: A Paradigm of Missionary Experience
Andrew Walls

‘The Old Religion and the New’: India and the Making of T. R. Glover’s The
Jesus of History
Brian Stanley

Old Deonmination, New Identities: The Southern Baptist Future
Bill J. Leonard

The Baptist Moment: Twenty-First Century Opportunities
Nancy T. Ammerman