Baptists through the Centuries: A History of a Global People

Baptists through the Centuries: A History of a Global People

by David W. Bebbington

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Baptists through the Centuries provides a clear introduction to the history and theology of this influential and international people. David Bebbington, a leading Baptist historian, surveys the main developments in Baptist life and thought from the seventeenth century to the present.

The Baptist movement took root and grew well beyond its British and American origins. Bebbington persuasively demonstrates how Baptists continually adapted to the cultures and societies in which they lived, generating ever more diversity within an already multifaceted group. Bebbington’s survey also examines the challenging social, political, and intellectual issues in Baptist history―attitudes on race, women’s roles in the church, religious liberty, missions, and theological commitments.

The second edition of this proven textbook extends the scope with chapters on three parts of the world where Baptists have become particularly numerous: Latin America (where Brazilian Baptists number over 2 million), Nigeria (where Baptists are at their strongest outside North America, numbering roughly 5 million), and the Naga Hills in India (where Baptists form over 80 percent of the population). Each chapter also highlights regional issues that have presented new challenges and opportunities to Baptists: holistic mission in Latin America, the experience of charismatic renewal and the encounter with Islam in Nigeria, and the demands of peacemaking in the Naga Hills.

Through this new edition, Bebbington orients readers and expands their knowledge of the Baptist community as it continues to flourish around the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481308663
Publisher: Baylor University Press
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Edition description: second edition
Pages: 383
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David W. Bebbington is Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at Baylor University and Professor of History at the University of Stirling. He is also the author of Patterns in History: A Christian Perspective on Historical Thought.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Roots in the Reformation

3. Anabaptists and Baptists

4. Particular and General Baptists in the Seventeenth Century

5. Baptists and Revival in the Eighteenth Century

6. Divisions among Baptists in the Nineteenth Century

7. Theological Polarization among Baptists

8. Baptists and the Social Gospel

9. Gospel and Race among Baptists

10. Women in Baptist Life

11. Church, Ministry and Sacraments among Baptists

12. Baptists and Religious Liberty

13. Baptists and Foreign Mission

14. The Global Spread of the Baptists

15. Baptist Identity

16. Conclusion

What People are Saying About This

David S. Dockery

David Bebbington's well-earned reputation as a brilliant historian is certainly confirmed with this fine overview of Baptist history and practices. Bebbington's work will provide students with a timely, balanced, and insightful guide for generations to come.

Timothy George

David Bebbington is one of our finest historians, and he has given us here a superb overview of the Baptist movement, from its Reformation roots to its global reach.

Choice - Curtis W. Freeman

Conversations about Baptist identity too often generate more heat than light. This book is a happy exception, telling the Baptist story with great insight and clarity.

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Vic123-Gam_ More than 1 year ago
Baptist history has been a popular topic in recent years. As a result the need for Baptists to create a careful presentation of their own history has become more urgent. Such has been accomplished in the hands of English church historian David Bebbington. Praise goes to Bebbington for delivering an objective and insightful study of the subject. Readers will most likely broaden their understanding of Baptist origins, namely, that the story of its origins is more complex than a simple bud from the Anabaptist tree.