Thisbook considers the distinctive ideas and expressions of Christian faith to befound in the historic Baptist churches. An outline of the history of theBaptist movement will be offered, from its British beginnings in Amsterdam in1609, through its varied developments in Britain, Europe and North America, toits worldwide presence and diversity today, and its relationship to many otherchurches with apparently-similar practices (Pentecostal and ‘new’ churches,e.g.).
Holmes draws the various threads together, noting the realdiversities in the history of Baptist theology, but suggesting that in a visionof the present and urgent Lordship of Christ experienced in the localcongregation, there is a thread that links most of these distinctives.
About the Author
Stephen Holmes is Lecturer in Theology at The University of St Andrews, UK. He has published extensively in the field of Christian theology and has previously collaborated with Colin Gunton in The Practice of Theology, SCM Press, 2001.