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Baptist Theology (Doing Theology)

Baptist Theology (Doing Theology) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen R. Holmes
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 418 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: T & T Clark International (19 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083JCB0M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Steve Holmes is a Baptist minister, writer and speaker, and presently Senior Lecturer in Theology at the University of St Andrews. He is a member of the leadership team at St Andrews Baptist Church, and on the board of trustees of the Evangelical Alliance UK and of Chapel St Community Schools, a Christian charity working for social regeneration in deprived areas.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of baptist theology 29 May 2012
You wait for one Steve Holmes book, and then two come along. Earlier this year, Holmes published a historical study of the doctrine of the Trinity, this new book is a study of Baptist theology, in the T & T Clark Doing Theology series.

Holmes is well placed to write on Baptist theology, having studied at Spurgeon's College and been involved in a number of different Baptist conversations both internally in England and Wales and latterly in Scotland and also ecumenically with the Church of England. Holmes has also contributed to Baptist theology with particular essays on tradition, missiology, ordination, baptism, the Bible, Christology, the church meeting and ecclesiology.

In a fairly brief study of seven chapters, Holmes surveys the story of Baptist life and theology, Baptist contributions to Christian doctrine (what he calls here 'ecumenical theology'), and Baptist understandings of eccleisology, of liberty, and of mission. The first chapter tells the story of Baptist beginnings and this is one of the best introductions I've read in a while - in terms of length and readability - that is, it tells a fairly complex story with clarity and brevity. The second chapter tells the story of Baptists beginnings in North America, this is arguably even more complex, but as someone who always found it difficult to grasp all the different expressions of Baptist life in America, Holmes makes sense of the developments, drawing attention to key players and key theological choices. The third chapter picks up the story again in the UK and also now in Europe and the rest of the world.
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This thought provoking book deserves a wide readership both within the Baptist community and by Christians of other traditions who want to be better informed as to what it means to be a Baptist. The review below is not exhaustive rather as the author has provoked me to think I have shared my responses. Any critical comments are not meant to deter the reader from reading this book. I would recommend this book to all who want to understand baptists better.

The author does us a service by tackling what is a neglected areas of historical theology and systematic theology, This short book can only be the start of serious reflection about Baptist Theology, but it is a good starting place.
In this review I will bring out some areas I believe need some clarification, where I do not comment the reader can safely assume that I agree with the authors conclusions.

Chapter one deals with Baptist beginnings, here we are introduced to the central characters and the early movements amongst Baptist namely the Particular Baptists and General Baptists. But before this we are given a very helpful study of the nature of separatism in Britain, this is vital to a greater understanding of the context of the Baptist Movement. I found the discussion of hyper-Calvinism and particularly Gill's theology interesting but I feel that we fail to give a proper estimate of Gill if we do not acknowledge his vast theological knowledge and his passion for expounding the Scripture. Gill's Body of Divinity and his Body of Practical Divinity, give insights into a deep understanding of the word of God. I am somebody who was raised in hyper-Calvinistic circles and once I saw that evangelical Calvinism was the truth in this matter, I tended to ignore Gill but recently I have been consulting these two volumes again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Report of this. 6 Feb 2014
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I bought this book for a friend and he has found it interesting and thought provoking. He finds Stephen Holmes a very honest theologian, even when his conclusions might disturb some within his denominaation
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