The nature of Baptist identity has come to a place of critical importance in Baptist studies. What exactly constitutes a Baptist? Tom Nettles seeks to answer this fascinating question through examining the lives of some of the most high profile and influential Baptists in history.
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky has a library loaded with Baptist materials including a rich archival collection, which Tom found indispensable for this book.
Nettles establishes a clearly identifiable profile of Baptists. He looks at many influential spokesmen for Baptist lives who embraced the bible as an unerring divine revelation. From John Spilsbury to William Carey we are taken on an enlightening journey through the origin and expansion of the Baptist Church. Tom Nettles has produced a book that is wonderfully informative and, through its profiles of God honouring historical figures, should serve us encouragement to all Christians today.
Tom Nettles has produced a book that is wonderfully informative and, through its profiles of God honouring historical figures, should serve as encouragement to all Christians today.
This is the final part of Tom Nettles’ trilogy on the Baptist Movement. Here he traces some of the modern events and personalities that have shaped the contemporary Baptist church.
One key ingredient is the downgrade of scriptural authority in the church: Nettles traces it through the eyes of C.H. Spurgeon and John Clifford in Britain- and the influences of A.H. Strong, E.Y. Mullins and the Baptist modernists in America.
Nettles examines issues between church and society that inevitably formulate out of Baptist theology. Some are still sources of controversy- like the separation of church and state. The ’renewed contours’’ of the present day baptist movement are also explored- with particular reference to recent changes in the Southern Baptist Convention.
Hardcover, 462 pages.