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Baptists are not known for their sacramental theology. 'Baptist Sacramentalism', a collection of essays by Baptist theologians and historians from Great Britain and North America, shows that sacramental theology is not an innovation in Baptist thought and offers a viable way of understanding God's action in the church and the world.
Drawing on theology, history, and biblical studies, the contributors explore the physical and spiritual dimensions of Christian theology and experience, the church, baptism, the Lord's supper, religious liberty, the politics of disestablishment, ordination and ministry, and preaching.
Contributors include John Colwell, Anthony R. Cross, Stanley Fowler, Curtis Freeman, Timothy George, Tim Grass, Stanley Grenz, Barry Harvey, Michael Haykin, Brian Haymes, Stephen Holmes, Elizabeth Newman, Clark Pinnock, Stanley Porter, lan Randall, and Philip Thompson.
About the Author
Anthony R. Cross has lectured in church history and theology at the University of Surrey, Roehampton, London, and is now a Fellow of the Centre for Baptist History and Heritage, Regent's Park College, Oxford. He is also a Consultant Editor for the Paternoster Press.
Philip E. Thompson is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Heritage, North American Baptist Seminary, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA. He is married to Marcia and has three sons, Nathanael, Andrew and Matthew.
Table of Contents
Foreword James I. Packer xiii
Introduction: Baptist Sacramentalism Anthony R. Cross Philip E. Thompson 1
The Physical Side of Being Spiritual: God's Sacramental Presence Clark H. Pinnock 8
The Sacramentality of the Church: An Evangelical Baptist Perspective Timothy George 21
Sacraments and Religious Liberty: From Critical Practice to Rejected Infringement Philip E. Thompson 36
C.H. Spurgeon on the Sacraments Tim Grass Ian Randall 55
Baptism and the Lord's Supper as Community Acts: Toward a Sacramental Understanding of the Ordinances Stanley J. Grenz 76
Re-Membering the Body: Baptism, Eucharist and the Politics of Disestablishment Barry Harvey 96
Baptism in Acts: The Sacramental Dimension Stanley E. Porter 117
Is 'Baptist Sacramentalism' an Oxymoron?: Reactions in Britain to Christian Baptism (1959) Stanley K. Fowler 129
The Pneumatological Key to H. Wheeler Robinson's Baptismal Sacramentalism Anthony R. Cross 151
'His soul-refreshing presence': The Lord's Supper in Calvinistic Baptist Thought and Experience in the 'Long' Eighteenth Century Michael A.G.Haykin 117
'To Feed Upon by Faith': Nourishment from the Lord's Table Curtis W. Freeman 194
The Lord's Supper: Might Baptists Accept a Theory of Real Presence? Elizabeth Newman 211
The Sacramental Nature of Ordination: An Attempt to Re-engage a Catholic Understanding and Practice John E. Colwell 228
Towards a Baptist Theology of Ordained Ministry Stephen R. Holmes 247
Towards a Sacramental Understanding of Preaching Brian Haymes 263