REL 3563: Baptist History and Theology: General & Particular Baptists
An introductory pathfinder for beginning research and supporting materials for Baptist History and Theology. Course description: A study of the history and theology of Baptists from their 17th century origins to the present with primary emphasis on develo
"The first English Baptist, John Smyth, created controversy with his radical thought and actions. During his writing career of only ten years, Smyth successively produced works of Puritan, Separatist, Baptist, and Mennonite thought. After accepting Mennonite beliefs, Smyth and a majority of his congregation petitioned to join the Waterlander Mennonites in Amsterdam. However, before the union could be achieved, Smyth died of tuberculosis. Under Thomas Helwys's leadership, the portion of Smyth's congregation that did not join the Waterlanders returned to England and established the first General Baptist Church." "This book makes an important contribution to the understanding of both the origins of Baptists and of Christianity in the seventeenth century."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
One of the earliest Baptist voices and martyr for his faith, Thomas Helwys was the ﬁrst permanent Baptist and founder of the ﬁrst Baptist church in England. He is best known for his seminal work on religious liberty, A Short Declaration of the Mystery of Iniquity. Helwys¿s other extant writ-ings include full length theological treatises, personal letters and the ﬁrst known English Baptist Confession of Faith. These works demonstrate his theological shift from English Separatism to recognizable Baptist tenets. His body of work clearly espouses religious liberty, priesthood of all believers, soul competency, a reverence for the bible, and the autonomy of the local church. In Thomas Helwys: Life and Writings, Joe Early has provided the reader with a concise theological biography of Helwys and a compilation of all his extant writings. It is the ﬁrst time that all of Thomas Helwys¿s writings having been available in one volume.
This book traces the story of the English Calvinistic Baptists from the death of John Gill in 1771 to that of Charles Haddon Spurgeon in 1892. It deals not only with the well-known digures in this community's history'theological giants like John Gill, Andrew Fuller, Wiliam Gadsby, and Charles Spurgeon'but also with lesser-known lights, men like the hymn writer Benjamin Beddome, the eccentric John Collett Ryland, Abraham Booth, and John Stevens. 'Wide and deep reading in the writings of these men has given Dr. Robert Oliver an excellent grasp of thier various theological perspectives...a...masterfull book." (Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin)
A revised edition for students at the divinity school level who study the origins of modern Baptists in 17th Century England, bibliology of the 18th and 19th century Baptists of England and America, and the sources for present-day uncertainties in the field of bibliology, especially as it relates to the Southern Baptist Convention as well as the Northern Baptist Convention. An excellent tool for researchers, scholars, as well as laymen.
Baptist Prophets: Their lives and Contributions
by William M. Tillman