Historical Dictionary of the Baptists

Historical Dictionary of the Baptists

by William H. Brackney
     
 

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A product of the Protestant Reformation, the Baptists can be a difficult group to define. Despite their common faith, there is no single Baptist church, nationally or regionally conceived, and though there is a stress on a voluntary association of individual congregations, local churches are autonomous in their church government, and denominational groups reflect a… See more details below

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A product of the Protestant Reformation, the Baptists can be a difficult group to define. Despite their common faith, there is no single Baptist church, nationally or regionally conceived, and though there is a stress on a voluntary association of individual congregations, local churches are autonomous in their church government, and denominational groups reflect a wide variety of types. The present volume, covering Baptists worldwide, fills a gap in reference, providing a one-volume, updated reference to the Baptists. Cross-referenced entries include biographical, geographical, ecclesiastical, theological, and thematic discussions. The work is comprehensive and accurate, making it an ideal tool for both first-time scholars of the Baptists and more experienced researchers. As a quick and accurate ready-reference, this volume will be an important addition to academic and church libraries and any serving those interested in religious history.

Author Biography: William H. Brackney has been a pastor, professor, editor, and writer. He is the former executive director of the American Baptist Historical Society and chair of the Study and Research Division of the Baptist World Alliance. He is currently principal of the Divinity College and Professor of Historical Theology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

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Booknews
Over the course of two decades, Brackney (historical theology, McMaster U., Canada) found time amidst various responsibilities as (former) director of the American Baptist Historical Society, among other affiliations, to assemble this one-volume reference covering Baptists worldwide and providing biographical, geographical, ecclesiastical, theological, and thematic entries. Statistical data is from 1995, and biographical entry selection is based upon a master list of deceased Baptist leaders of all persuasions (the only exception being Billy Graham). Cross-referencing is thorough, and the bibliography is extensive. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
American Reference Books Annual
In 1609, John Smyth baptized himself and others, a daring act that marks the beginning of the Baptist movement. This revised and expanded edition commemorates the 400th anniversary of that event. The bibliography was updated to include useful Baptist websites and to incorporate recent scholarship and publications.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
In 1609, John Smyth baptized himself and others, a daring act that marks the beginning of the Baptist movement. This revised and expanded edition commemorates the 400th anniversary of that event. The bibliography was updated to include useful Baptist websites and to incorporate recent scholarship and publications.
October 2009 CHOICE
Written for both scholars and nonscholars, this second edition is a carefully crafted resource on Baptist heritage, topically arranged and historically thorough. For those interested in the spread of Baptist faith worldwide, this volume will enhance their knowledge and understanding of key persons, events, and issues of importance. . . . Recommended.
November 2009 Booklist
The author is one of the most distinguished authorities on the Baptists....The overall feel of the volume is not overly academic, making it a good fit for public as well as academic libraries.
Journal Of European Baptist Studies
Bill Brackney has produced an amazing work, seeking to provide a wide range of entries about Baptists from William Aberhart to Baptists in Zimbabwe…. Brackney has drawn on thirty-plus years of wider Baptist involvement and the insights of friends throughout the world Baptist family to produce this remarkable and impressible volume.
Baptist Standard, (Newspaper) - Ken Champ
William Brackney has contributed a valuable volume—a summary of Baptist principles set in historical perspective in a comprehensive reference work. This book would serve as a helpful guide for a new members' class, for a churchwide study, or for individual instruction.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810836525
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements Series, #25
Edition description:
UPDATED
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.77(h) x 1.35(d)

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