New Books from the Centre for Baptist and Heritage

‘A World-Order of Love’:Baptists and the Peace Movements of 1914

The essays in this volume explore the Baptist contributions to peace-making at the time of the First World War and afterwards. Like the Conference in Oxford on which the book is based, the  chapters are  a collaboration between British and German Baptist historians, in a centenary remembrance of the tragic conflict of 1914-1918. This partnership also echoes the contribution made by both British and German Baptists to the first moves towards peace in the period from 1914 onwards, even as war broke out between their two nations and others. The authors consider the two substantial peace movements which were conceived at an international conference for peace held at Lake Constance on 3-4 August 1914, on the very eve of war. The story is taken on further into the twentieth century, demonstrating the influence of these movements, born in the turmoil of their own time, on the Civil Rights Movement in America five decades later. Reading the essays together makes the reader aware of the rich web of acts and words through which Baptists hoped (in the words of the founding document of the Fellowship of Reconciliation) to create a ‘world-order based on love’.

Keith Clements, Paul S. Fiddes (editor), Frank Fornaçon, Ian Randall, Andrea Strübind.


Covenant and Church for Rough Sleepers: A Baptist Ecclesiology in Conversation with the Trinitarian Pastoral Theology of Paul S. Fiddes

‘Covenant’ is now a term widely used among Baptists to describe the relating of members to each other in a local church, the associating of churches together, and the binding of associations, churches and colleges into a national union. Use, however, is one thing, and understanding is quite another. Dr Sutcliffe-Pratt puts us in his debt by reflecting on the way that covenant may be seen as the basis for an exciting and experimental church-plant among rough sleepers and drug addicts – 57 West in Southend-on-Sea. In conversation with the Baptist theologian Paul S. Fiddes, he shows how this kind of covenant is rooted in a vision of the triune God whose life is an interweaving of loving relations. He also draws on a range of Protestant and Catholic theologians in this remarkable piece of practical theology, which develops a Baptist tradition in new ways. As we see how the idea of ‘covenant’ makes sense of the complicated and challenging relationships in his own community, we can see better how it might throw light on our situation.

Author: Daniel Sutcliffe-Pratt is a Baptist minister at 57 West, Southend-on-Sea.


The Early English General Baptists and Their Theological Formation

A scholarly treatment of the first generations of the English General Baptists that identifies their character as a sect, their emerging theological consensus as distilled from their principal literature, and a listing and analysis of published works about the General Baptists. The book uniquely provides biographical details, works about, and details of works by twenty-eight writers and several confessional documents. The span dates cover the roots of the General Baptist tradition from 1609 to its period of mature expression in the late 1680s, ranging from John Smyth and Thomas Helwys to Thomas Grantham and Matthew Caffyn.

Author: William H. Brackney is Millard R. Cherry Distinguished Professor of Christian Thought and Ethics at Acadia University and Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada


Baptist Historical Society Annual Lecture

1979 – Leonard Champion – ‘Evangelical Calvinism and the Structures of Baptist Church Life’

1981 – Alan Kreider – ‘The Servant is not Greater than His Master”: The Anabaptists and the Suffering Church

1988 – Roger Hayden – ‘The Particular Baptist Confession 1689 and Baptists Today’

1993 – Raymond Brown – ‘Fear not what men say’: Bedfordshire non-conformist devotions – the Agnes Beaumont story (1674)’

1997 – John H. Y. Briggs – ‘The Life and Growth of Baptists in Birmingham in the Nineteenth Century’

2001 – David Wykes – ‘Joshua Toulmin: Taunton Baptist minister, historian and religious radical’

2003 – Ian Randall

2004 – Peter Morden – ‘Andrew Fuller and the Baptist Missionary Society’

2005 – Ian Randall – ‘The English Baptists of the 20th Century’

2006 – Chris Ellis – ‘Skeletons in the Cupboard? Order and Flexibility in Baptist Worship’

2007 – Brian Haymes – ‘On Religious Liberty: re-reading A Short Declaration of Iniquity in London in 2005’

2008 – Faith Bowers – ‘A Lively, Capable and Creative Unit: The Baptist Historical Society 1908-2008’

2010 – Clyde Binfield – ‘How Free? How New? How Suburban? The Establishment of Dissent in Hamstead Garden Suburb’

2011 – Stephen Holmes – ‘The Bible as the Word of Christ in Seventeenth-Century Baptist Thought’

2013 – David Bebbington – ‘The Baptist Colleges in the Mid-Nineteenth Century’

2014 – Andy Vail – ‘Birmingham Baptists and the First World War’

2015 – Israel Olofinjana – ‘Reverse Mission’

Baptist Identity into the 21st Century: Essays in Honour of Ken Manley edited by Frank Rees (Whitley College, 2016)

1. Marita Munro – The life of Ken Manley

2. Brian Haymes – One church, one faith, one Lord: Questions of Baptist identity

3. John Briggs -Memory, vision and mission: What our yesterdays have to say to our todays and tomorrows

4. Graeme Hatfield -Contributing to the global conversation on Baptist identity

5. Mark Brett – A suitably English Abraham: Emigration to Australia in the nineteenth century

6. Keith Dyer – Suitably Abrahamic Australians? The Bible and Baptists in the twenty-first century

7. John Olley -Shaped by the Bible: Acting together in the continuing drama

8. Merrill Kitchen -Women in ministry

9. Ros Gooden – Baeyertz and barley loaves: Women in Christian ministry

10. Carolyn Francis – Women in ministry: Hopes and challenges

11. Graeme Garrett – Where is “ … and earth” ? Learning to preach in the Anthropocene

12. Geoff Pound – Sharing the ministry of preaching

13. Allan G. Demond – Homiletic friends: An appreciative response to Graeme Garrett

14. Ross Clifford – Mission in the Australian context

15. Tim Costello – World mission: Seeking the prophetic Baptist voice

16. Neville Callam – Baptists in bilateral theological dialogue

17. Tony Cupit – Baptist identity into the 21st  century

18. Keith Clements – The ecumenical Baptist future

19. Paul S. Fiddes –  Baptists and theological education: A vision for the twenty-first century

20. Thorwald Lorenz – Life-long learning: In conversation with Paul Fiddes

21. Frank Rees – Why has no-one ever told me about this?

Challenge and Change: English Baptist Life in the Eighteenth Century edited by Stephen Copson and Peter Morden (Baptist Historical Society, 2017)

This new book out later in March is designed to accompany and offer further research to the early volume The English Baptists in the 18th Century by Raymond Brown (1986).

Continuity and Change: Particular Baptists in the ‘Long Eighteenth Century’ (1689–1815)  – Peter J. Morden

General Baptists in the Eighteenth Century – Stephen L. Copson

New Connexion General Baptists, 1770–1813 – J.H.Y. Briggs

The Beauty of Social Religion: Local Baptist Life in the Eighteenth Century – Christopher J. Ellis

Baptists at Home – Karen E. Smith

Baptists and the Wider Community – J.H.Y. Briggs

Baptists and National Politics in Late Eighteenth-century England – James E. Bradley

‘With light, beauty, and power’: Educating English Baptists in the Long Eighteenth Century – Michael A.G. Haykin

‘No sanctuary for Philistines’: Baptists and Culture in the Eighteenth Century – Timothy Whelan

After the Benediction: Eighteenth-century Baptist Laity – Faith and Brian Bowers

Baptists in the Eighteenth Century: Relations with Other Christians – David Thompson

Diamond Jubilee / C. R. Batten Lecture (London Baptist Preacher’s Association)

1966 – L. G. Champion – Biblical Preaching in the Contemporary Situation

1967 – G. Henton Davies – Preaching the Lord’s Supper

1968 – John Stott – The Call to Preach

1969 – G. R. Beasley-Murray – Evangelising the Post-Christian Man

1970 – Ernest Payne – Between Yesterday and Tomorrow: The Church Facing the Future

1971 – W. M. S. West – Ministry Today

1972 – Gordon Rupp – THE WORD and the words

1973 – B. R. White – Preaching for Conversion

1974 – Stuart Blanch – The Bible and the Church

1975 – Raymond Brown – Preaching in the Early Church

1976 – John Hustable – The Wisdom of God

1977 – Rex Mason – The Preacher’s Dilemma

1978 – R. E. O. White – Gift versus Training in Christian Work and Worship

1979 – Donald English – Anything to Declare: Reflections on Telling Others about the Faith

1981 – David Sheppard – Finding the Word of God Today

1982 – David S. Russell – Preaching and the Word of God

1983 – F. F. Bruce – St. Paul the Preacher

1984 – Michael Griffiths – Unity – of the Spirit and of the Faith

1986 – H. Howard Williams – If Words Mean Anything

1987 – Michael Walker – Preaching at the Lord’s Table

1988 – Tom Houston – Communicating the Good News in a Television Age

1989 – Peter Cottrell – Disaster and Disorder: The Human Predicament

1990 – Michael Baughen – Communicating the Faith in Today’s World

1991 – Paul Fiddes – The Trinity in Worship and Preaching

1992 – Malcolm Goodspeed – Team Ministry

1993 – R. T. Kendall – The Anointed Preacher

1994 – Bernard Green – Let God Speak the Word and Worship

1995 – Brian Haymes – Integrity in Preaching

1996 – Derek Tidball – Preaching to an Endangered Species

1997 – Michael Quicke – What Makes the Preacher?

1998 – Stuart Murray – Interactive Preaching

1999 – Douglas McBain – Towards a Balanced Public Ministry

2000 – Peter Wortley – Would you Adam and Eve it?

2001 – Nigel Wright – The Open Church: Exploring the Strange World of the Congregation

2002 Pat Took – Tough Glory: The Priesthood of all Believers

2003 – Myra Blyth – Pilgrim People – inclusive community?

New Book from Ian Birch on early Calvinistic Baptists


Ian Birch (Principal, Scottish Baptist College) has published his recent PhD (University of St. Andrew’s)

To Follow the Lambe Wheresoever He Goeth: The Ecclesial Polity of the English Calvinistic Baptists 1640-1660

The book explores the doctrine of the church among English Calvinistic Baptists between 1640 and 1660. It examines the emergence of Calvinistic Baptists against the background of the demise of the Episcopal Church of England, the establishment by Act of Parliament of the Westminster Assembly of Divines, and the attempted foundation of a Presbyterian Church of England. Ecclesiology was one of the most important doctrines under consideration in this phase of English history, and this book is a contribution to understanding alternative forms of ecclesiology outside of the mainstream National Church settlement.

It argues that the development of Calvinistic Baptist ecclesiology was a natural development of one stream of Puritan theology, the tradition associated with Robert Brown, and the English separatist movement. This tradition was refined and made experimental in the work of Henry Jacob, who founded a congregation in London in 1616 from which Calvinistic Baptists emerged. Central to Jacob’s ideology was the belief that a rightly ordered church acknowledged Christ as King over his people. The christological priority of early Calvinistic Baptist ecclesiology will constitute the primary contribution of this study to the investigation of dissenting theology in the period.

British Baptists and the Lord’s Supper

R. L. Child (ed.), The Lord’s Supper A Baptist Statement (Baptist Union, 1951)

Michael J. Walker, Baptists at the Table (1992)

Paul Beasley-Murray, ‘Celebrating the Faith at the Lord’s Table‘, Baptist Minister’s Journal (1994)

Jon Green, ‘A Baptist Dilemma: Children, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper‘, Baptist Minister’s Journal (1995)

Keith Jones, A Shared Meal and a Common Table (1999)

Robert Ellis, ‘Gathered at the Table’, Baptist Minister’s Journal (1999)

John Weaver, ‘The Eucharist: Celebration and Participation‘, Baptist Minister’s Journal (2000)

Paul Fiddes, ‘The Church as a Eucharist Community: A Baptist Contribution’ in Tracks and Traces (2003)

Christopher J. Ellis, ‘In Memory of Me: The Spirituality of the Supper’ in Gathering (2004)

John Colwell, ‘The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper’ in Promise and Presence (2005)

Nigel Wright, ‘The Feast of Life’ in Free Church, Free State (2005)

John Weaver, ‘Spirituality in Everyday life: The View from the Table’ in Under the Rule of Christ (2008)

Anthony Clarke, ‘A Feast for all? Reflecting on Open Communion for the Contemporary Church’ in Baptist Sacramentalism 2 (2008)

Brian Haymes, Ruth Gouldbourne and Anthony R. Cross, ‘The Lord’s Supper’ in On Being the Church (2008)

Ruth Gouldbourne, ‘Encountering Christ: Zwingli, Signs and Baptists around the Table’ in For the Sake of the Church (2014)

Stephen Finamore, ‘Veiled Presence: The Risen Christ in Spurgeon’s Great Communion Hymn and Baptist Communion Rituals’ in For the Sake of the Church (2014)

British Baptist Historians 10: Roger Hayden

MA (Cambridge), PhD (Keele)

‘What are the Qualifications of a Gospel Minister?’, Baptist Quarterly 19.8 (1962)

‘John Taylor (1831–1901) and the Records of Northants Nonconformity’, Baptist Quarterly 24.7 (1972)

(ed.), The Records of a Church of Christ in Bristol, 1640-1687 (Bristol Records Society, 1974)

(ed.), Baptist Union Documents 1948-1977 (Baptist Historical Society, 1980)

‘The Faith and Other Faiths’ in A Call to Mind (Baptist Union, 1981)

‘Still At the Crossroads? – Rev J H Shakespeare and Ecumenism’ in Keith Clements (ed.), Baptists in the Twentieth Century (Baptist Historical Society, 1983)

‘Baptists, Covenant and Confessions’ in Bound To Love (Baptist Union, 1985)

‘The Particular Baptist Confession 1689 and Baptists Today,’ Baptist Quarterly 32.8 (October 1988)

‘Believers Baptised: An Anthology’ in Paul S. Fiddes (ed.), Reflections on the Water (Smyth and Helwys, 1996)

‘The Stillness and the Dancing: An Appreciation of Leonard G. Champion’ in Roger Hayden and Brian Haymes (eds.), Bible, History and Ministry (Bristol Baptist College, 1997)

‘Leonard George Champion 1907-1997’, Baptist Quarterly 37.5 (January 1998)

‘The Contribution of Bernard Foskett’ in William Brackney, Paul S. Fiddes and John H. Y. Briggs (eds.), Pilgrim Pathways: Essays in Baptist History in Honour B. R. White (Mercer, 1999)

‘Caleb Evans and the anti-slavery question’ Baptist Quarterly 39.1 (January 2001)

English Baptist History and Heritage (Baptist Union, 2005)

Continuity and ChangeEvangelical Calvinism Among Eighteenth-century Baptist Ministers Trained at Bristol Academy, 1690-1791 (Baptist Historical Society, 2006)

‘Caleb Evans and the Anti-Slavery Question’ in John H. Y. Briggs (ed.), Pulpit and People: Studies in Eighteenth Century Baptist Life and Thought (Paternoster, 2009)

‘Bernard Foskett and Abingdon, 1743-5’, Baptist Quarterly 43.2 (2009)

‘Enlightened Evangelicalism. Review Article’, Baptist Quarterly 44.6 (2012)

‘Caleb Evans: ‘Remembering Former Days’: Using the past to discern present boundaries’, Baptist Quarterly 45.7 (2014)

‘‘Able and Evangelical Ministers’: The Beginnings of Ministerial Formation at Bristol Baptist College’, Baptist Quarterly (July 2016)


British Baptist Historians 9: Ernest A. Payne

1940-1951 Tutor in Church History, Regent’s Park College, Oxford
1951-1967 – General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain

‘Some Impressions of Germany,’ Baptist Quarterly 4.3 (July 1928), 104-115.

Freedom in Jamaica: Some Chapters in the Story of the Baptist Missionary Society (Carey, 1933)

‘Anti-God Propaganda,’ Fraternal and Remembrancer 16 (Oct. 1934), 4-12.

‘Some Sidelights on Pearce and His Friends,’ Baptist Quarterly 7.6 (April 1935), 270-86.

‘An Elegy on Andrew Gifford’, Baptist Quarterly 9 (1938), 54-7

The Great Succession (Carey, 1938)

‘The Baptist Connections of George Dyer,’ Baptist Quarterly 10.5 (January 1941), 260-67.

‘The Development of Nonconformist Theological Education in the 19th Century, with special reference to Regent’s Park College’ in Ernest Payne (ed.), Studies in History and Religion (Lutterworth, 1942)

‘1792 and the Ministry To-day,’ Baptist Quarterly 11.3-4 (July & October 1942), 65-73.

The Church Awakes: The story of the modern missionary movement (Carey, 1942)

The Fellowship of Believers: Baptist Thought and Practice Yesterday and Today (SCM, 1944)

The Free Church Tradition in the Life of England (Carey Kingsgate, 1944)

Henry Wheeler Robinson: A Memoir (1946)

‘The Baptist Union 1897-1947,’ Baptist Quarterly 12.8 (October 1947), 267-74.

(trans.), Karl Barth, The Teaching of the Church Regarding Baptism (SCM, 1948)

The Anabaptists of the Sixteenth Century (Kingsgate, 1949)

‘Professor T. W. Manson on Baptism’, Scottish Journal of Theology 3 (1950)

‘A Theology For Baptist Advance,’ Fraternal 77 (July 1950), 27-30.

The Baptists of Berkshire (Carey Kingsgate, 1951)

‘Professor Oscar Cullmann on Baptism’, Baptist Quarterly 14.2 (April 1951), 56-60

‘Free Church Objections to Episcopacy’, Theology 54 (1951)

‘Eighteenth Century English Congregationalism as Exemplified in the Life and Work of Philip Doddridge’, Review and Expositor (1951)

James Henry Rushbrooke, 1870-1947: A Baptist Greatheart (Carey Kingsgate, 1954)

‘Baptists and the Laying on of Hands’, Baptist Quarterly 15.5 (January 1954), 203-15

‘Who were the Baptists?’, Baptist Quarterly 16 (1955-6)

‘John Howard Shakespeare’ in A. S. Clement (ed.), Baptists Who Made History (Carey Kingsgate, 1955), 126-36.

‘The Ministry in Historical Perspective,’ Baptist Quarterly 17.6 (1958)

The Baptist Union. A Short History (Baptist Union, 1958)

‘Baptists and the Ecumenical Movement,’ Baptist Quarterly 18.6 (April 1960)

‘Toleration and Establishment: A Historical Outline’ in From Uniformity to Unity, 1662-1962 (SPCK, 1962)

Veteran Warrior: A memoir of B. Grey Griffith (BU, 1962)

‘The Free Church Tradition and Worship’ Baptist Quarterly 21.2 (April 1965), 9-13

Free Churchmen: Unrepentant & Repentant and other Papers (Carey Kingsgate, 1965)

‘Baptists in Post-War Britain,’ Fraternal 145 (July. 1967), 20-30.

‘H.H. Rowley (1890-1969),’ Fraternal 155 (Jan 1970), 9-12

Thirty years of the British Council of Churches, 1942-1972 (British Council of Churches, 1972)

Out of great tribulation : Baptists in the U.S.S.R (BU, 1974)

‘Baptists and Initiation’, Baptist Quarterly 26.4 (October 1975), 147-57

‘The Rise and Decline of Downs Chapel, Clapton’, Baptist Quarterly 27.1 (January 1977), 34-44

‘John Oliver Barrett: An Appreciation,’ Fraternal 183 (April 1978), 27-30.

‘The Down Grade Controversy: A Postscript’, Baptist Quarterly 28 (1979)

‘The Baptist Church near the Barbican’, Baptist Quarterly 39 (2001), 132-45

British Baptist Historians 8: Anthony R. Cross

BA (1985, Bristol), MTh (Cardiff, 1988), PhD (1997, Keele)

Lecturer in Church History and Theology, Roehampton Institute (1997-2001)
Fellow of the Centre for Baptist History and Heritage, Regent’s Park College, Oxford (2003-)
Director, Centre for the Baptist History and Heritage, Regent’s Park College, Oxford (2009-2012)
Faculty, University of Oxford (2010-)


‘One Baptism’ (Ephesians 4.5): A Challenge to the Church’ in Baptism, the New Testament and the Church: Historical and Contemporary Studies in Honour of R. E. O. White (Sheffield Academic Press, 1999)

‘Service to the Ecumenical Movement: The Contribution of British Baptists’, Baptist Quarterly 38.3 (July 1999)

Baptism and the Baptists: Theology and Practice in Twentieth-Century Britain (Paternoster, 2000)

‘Baptism, Christology and the Creeds in the Early Church: Implications for Ecumenical Dialogue’ in Ecumenism and History: Studies in Honour of John H. Y. Briggs (Paternoster, 2002)

‘Spirit- and Water-Bpatism in 1 Corinthians 12.13’ in Dimensions of Baptism: Biblical and Theological Studies (Sheffield Academic Press, 2002)

‘The Pneumatological Key to Henry Wheeler Robinson’s Baptismal Sacramentalism’ in Baptist Sacramentalism (Paternoster, 2003)

(ed.) with Alan P. F. Sell, Protestant Nonconformity in the Twentieth Century (Paternoster, 2003)

‘Being Open to God’s Sacramental Work: A Study in Baptism’ in Semper Reformadum: Studies in Honour of Clark H. Pinnock (Paternoster, 2003)

‘The Myth of English Baptist Anti-Sacramentalism’ in Recycling the Past or Researching History: Studies in Baptist Historiography and Myths (Paternoster, 2005)

‘Baptismal Regeneration: Rehabilitating a Lost Dimension of New Testament Baptism’ in Baptist Sacramentalism 2 (Paternoster, 2008)

with Brian Haymes and Ruth Gouldbourne, On Being the Church (Paternoster, 2008)

‘The Adoption of Believer’s Baptism and Baptist Beginnings’ in Exploring Baptist Origins (Regent’s Park College, 2010)

Should we take Peter at his word (Acts 2.38)? Recovering a Baptist Baptismal Sacramentalism. An Occasional Paper (Regent’s Park College, 2010)

‘Through a Glass Darkly: The Further Light Clause in Baptist Thought’ in Questions of Identity: Studies in Honour of Brian Haymes (Regent’s Park College, 2011)

Recovering the Evangelical Sacrament: Baptisma Semper Reformandum (Pickwick, 2013)

‘Sapient Experimentalis: ‘Knowledge by experience’ – Aspects of a Baptist Baptismal Spirituality’ in Grounded in Grace: Essays to Honour Ian M. Randall (Baptist Historical Society, 2013)

‘Christ Jesus … exalted … farre about all principalities and powers’: Baptists Attitudes to Monarchy, Country, and Magistracy, 1609-1644′ in Anthony R. Cross and John H. Y. Briggs (eds.), Freedom and the Powers: Perspectives from Baptist History (Baptist Historical Society, 2014)

‘Faith-Baptism’: The Key to an Evangelical Baptismal Sacramentalism’ in Truth That Never Dies: The Dr. G. R. Beasley-Murray Memorial Lectures 2002-2012 (Pickwick, 2014)

‘The Early Bristol Tradition as a Seedbed for Evangelical Reception among British Baptists, c.1720-c.1770’ in Pathways and Patterns in History: Essays on Baptists, Evangelicals and the Morden World in Honour of David Bebbington (Baptist Historical Society, 2015)

‘Baptists, Peace and War: The Seventeenth-Century British Foundations’ in Baptists and War (Pickwick, 2015)

‘To Communicate Simply you must understand profoundly’: Preparation for Ministry Among British Baptists (Baptist Historical Society, 2016)