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)


Under the Rule of Christ: Dimensions of Baptist Spirituality, edited by Paul S. Fiddes (Regent’s Study Guide 14; Smyth & Helwys, 2008)

1. Baptists and Spirituality: a Rule of Life – Paul S. Fiddes and Stephen Finamore

2. Spirituality as Attentiveness: Stillness and Journey – Paul S. Fiddes

3. Spirituality as Suffering: a Defining Experience – Richard Kidd

4. Spirituality as Discipleship: the Anabaptist Heritage – Nigel Wright

5. Spirituality and Scripture: the Rule of the Word

6. Spirituality in Everyday Life: the View from the Table – John Weaver

7. Spirituality in Mission: Gathering and Grace – Christopher Ellis

The European Baptist Federation: A Case Study in European Interdependency 1950-2006 by Keith G. Jones (Vol 43, SBHT, Paternoster, 2009)

Foreword – Ian M. Randall

Chapter 1: Baptists and Interdependency

Chapter 2: ‘Beyond the Local’: The Ecclesiological Basis of the European Baptist Federation

Chapter 3: The Ecumenical Dimension

Chapter 4: The International Baptist Theological Seminary

Chapter 5: A Focus of Unity – General Secretaries

Chapter 6: Partnership in Mission: Inter-Continental Mission Work from the USA

Chapter 7: Mission in the World

Chapter 8: The Ecclesial Reality of European Baptists

Appendix: EBF Presidents 1950-2009

Offering Christ to the World by Peter J. Mordern (SBHT Vol 8, Paternoster, 2003)

Offering Christ to the World: Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) and the Revival of Eighteenth-Century Particular Baptist Life


1 Andrew Fuller in Context

2 The Gospel Worthy of All Acceptation and the Development of Fuller’s Evangelical Theology

3 The Disputes with High Calvinists and Arminians regarding The Gospel Worthy of All Acceptation

4 The Disputes with Abraham Booth

5 Fuller’s Pastoral Ministry

6 Fuller and the Baptist Missionary Society

7 Fuller and the Spiritual Life

8 Conclusion

Bible, history and ministry: essays for L.G. Champion on his ninetieth birthday. Edited by Roger Hayden and Brian Haymes (Bristol Baptist College, 1997)

‘The stillness and the dancing: an appreciation of Leonard G. Champion’ – Roger Hayden

‘Source, guide and goal! the persuasive function of a Pauline doxology (Romans 11.33-36)’ – Sean Winter

“Wooing an crocodile” social science investigation and the New Testament’ – Michael Jackson

‘Wisdom and the dove: epiphanies of the Spirit in the gospel of Mark’ – Julie Hopkins

‘I believe, you believe: typology of belief as an instrument of hermeneutics’ – John Elliston

‘Celebrating scripture: evolutionary influences on Rabbinical Midrash’ – Sarah Parry

‘To the far country: the influence of former Bristol Students on Australian Baptist life’ – Ken Manley

‘Anatomy of a dispute between Thomas Collier and Thomas Hall’ – Stephen Copson

‘Christian realism and doing nothing’ – Brian Haymes

‘Missionary congregations’ – Tony Barker

‘”Are all Christians ministers” the ordained ministry and the priesthood of all believers’ – Grenville Overton

‘Being a minister: a consideration of the pastoral theology of Eugene Peterson’ – John Houseago

‘Into all the world: the missionary obligation’ – David Martin

On Being the Church: Revisioning Baptist Identity by Brian Haymes, Ruth Gouldbourne, Anthony Cross (SBHT 21, Paternoster, 2008)

This book re-examines Baptist theology and practice in the light of contemporary biblical, theological, ecumenical and missiological perspectives. It is not a study in denominationalism, but rather attempts to revision historical insights from the believer’s church tradition, essentially within a trinitarian emphasis. It is a re-expression of that tradition, seeking to re-appropriate forgotten emphases, bringing them together in a revised ecclesiology.

Foreword – Paul S. Fiddes

By Way of Introduction

1. The God of the People

2. The People of God

3. Authority

4. Baptism: Becoming a Christian

5. Discipleship

6. The Lord’s Supper

7. Ministry

8. The One Church, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic

9. Institution and Organization

Tracks and Traces: Baptist Identity in Church and Theology by Paul S. Fiddes (Vol 13, SBHT, Paternoster, 2003)

Introduction: The Question of Identity

‘Walking Together’: The Place of Covenant Theology in Baptist Life Yesterday and Today

Beginning a New Millennium: Doctrinal Themes of Strategic Significance for Baptists

Church and Trinity: A Baptist Ecclesiology of Participation

Authority in Relations between Pastor and People: A Baptist Doctrine of Ministry

Baptism and Creation

Believer’s Baptism: An Act of Inclusion or Exclusion?

The Church as Eucharistic Community: A Baptist Contribution

The Church’s Ecumenical Calling: A Baptist Perspective

The Understanding of Salvation in the Baptist Tradition

Mission and Liberty: A Baptist Connection