- Introduce the main personalities, writings, and theological developments of the Baptist tradition from its origins in the sixteenth century to the present day.
- Use primary historical sources in tandem with secondary sources so that students may acquire a deeper understanding of the confessions, covenants, and catechisms that shaped Baptist identity.
- Emphasize doctrines of ecclesiology, polity, baptism, Lord’s Supper, religious liberty and other seminal Baptist distinctives.
- Deepen appreciation and understanding of student’s beliefs by offering both a synchronic and diachronic history of Baptist history.
- Highlight the struggles of theologians, scholars, missionaries, pastors, and martyrs who have embodied Baptist principles.
- Provide stimulus for subsequent and more intensive study of the Christian church through interactive lectures, innovative activities, and engaging visuals.
- Intentionally integrate Scripture, theology, and history in order to illuminate the meta-narrative of God’s redemptive plan through the lens of the Baptist tradition.
After this course, students should be able to:
- Articulate an informed understanding of the significant periods, events, ideas, and persons in Baptist history.
- Express and contextualize historic Baptist distinctives in polity and theology.
- Understand the primary theories of Baptist origins.
- Understand the context for the establishment of the Southern Baptist Convention.
- Place the history of Oklahoma Baptists in the context of Southern Baptist history.