This second collection of essays exploring various dimensions of sacramental theology from a Baptist perspective includes biblical, historical and theological studies from scholars from around the world. Subjects covered are sacraments and sacramentality, sacrament and sacrifice in Hebrews, the sacrament of fearful intimacy, the church as sacrament, baptism and the Lord's supper for post-Christendom Baptists, Pauline baptism and Roman Insulae, open communion for the contemporary church, penance, sacred space, recovering a biblical understanding of baptismal regeneration, the Lord's supper and the spirituality of C.H. Spurgeon, Southern Baptist eucharistic sacramentalism and soul competency, re-thinking ex opere operato sacramentalism, the sacramentality of the word in Gregory of Nyssa, and searching for a common theology of baptism between Baptists and the Churches of Christ. This volume does not speak the final word on the subject, but is a step along the way toward the recovery and reconstruction of a rubust sacramentalism in a Baptist modality.
About the Author
Anthony R. Cross is a Fellow of the Centre for Baptist History and Heritage, Regent's Park College, Oxford.
Philip E. Thompson is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Heritage, North American Baptist Seminary.
Table of Contents
Foreword Francis Schussler Fiorenza xi
Introduction: Practicing Sacramentality in Baptist Modality Philip E. Thompson xvii
Chapter 1 Embodied Grace: Exploring the Sacraments and Sacramentality Christopher J. Ellis 1
Chapter 2 'We have an altar': A Baptist View of Sacrament and Sacrifice in Hebrews J. Ramsey Michaels 17
Chapter 3 The Sacrament of Fearful Intimacy Jim Purves 30
Chapter 4 The Church as Sacrament: A Mediating Presence John E. Colwell 48
Chapter 5 Re-Thinking a Sacramental View of Baptism and the Lord's Supper for the Post-Christendom Baptist Church Michael F. Bird 61
Chapter 6 Ambiguous Genitives, Pauline Baptism and Roman Insulae: Resources from Romans to Support Pushing the Boundaries of Unity Sean F. Winter 77
Chapter 7 A Feast for All? Reflecting on Open Communion for the Contemporary Church Anthony Clarke 92
Chapter 8 Penance Paul Sheppy 117
Chapter 9 Can a Baptist Believe in Sacred Space? Some Theological Reflections Graham J. Watts 135
Chapter 10 Baptismal Regeneration: Rehabilitating a Lost Dimension of New Testament Baptism Anthony R. Cross 149
Chapter 11 The Lord's Supper and the Spirituality of C.H. Spurgeon Peter J. Morden 175
Chapter 12 Southern Baptists, Sacramentalism, and Soul Competency Sean A. White 197
Chapter 13 Ex Opere Operato: Re-thinking a Historic Baptist Rejection Paul S. Fiddes 219
Chapter 14 The Sacramentality of the Word in Gregory of Nyssa's Catechetical Oration: Implications for a Baptist Sacramental Theology Steven R. Harmon 239
Chapter 15 Baptists and Churches of Christ in Search of a Common Theology of Baptism Stanley K. Fowler 254