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Why I am a Baptist [Paperback]

Morris Chapman , Alistair Begg , Carl F H Henry , Dr R Albert, Jr. Mohler , John Piper , MR Wayne A Grudem , Roger Nicole , Dr Paige Patterson , Tom J Nettles , Russell Moore
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  • Paperback: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Broadman & Holman Publishers (1 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805424261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805424263
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,251,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars What is a Baptist? 29 Feb 2012
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Excellent collection of essays by key figures within the Baptist movement. Whilst the majority of the contributors come from the SBC context other Baptists from the UK, Africa and Europe are included as well. Different issuses that arise in Baptist life are considered, biographies are shared, a theology of baptism is discussed and much more. One thing that will happen as you read this book - you will know what Baptist believe and why.
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My humble opinion: This book is refreshingly spiritual, open and non-jingoistic. Very interesting mix of contributors. ( My church is baptist in belief and practice, but not "baptist" in restricting membership to only those who were baptized as believers. Though we encourage and teach believers baptism.) The book is very thoughtful and intelligent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 22 May 2001
By David E. Prince - Published on Amazon.com
Dr. Tom Nettles and Russell D. Moore have edited a wonderful volume on the true glue that holds Baptists together and that is theological conviction. The list of contributers is a veritable "who's who" of Baptist theological conservatives. The contributers span from the U.S. to Wales to Zambia. They reflect the theological diversity that is found among conservative, confessional and committed Baptists. They are pastors, scholars and lay people. The men and women in this volume stand in the tradition of their Baptist forebearers, committed to God's inerrant Word and the doctrines contained therein and willing to suffer for those distinctives they find in the Bible that makes them Baptists. I would implore every Baptist to read this book and rejoice in the true glue of theological conviction that holds us together as Baptists. I would also encourage every non-Baptist to read this volume for an honest understanding of what is at the core of what it means to be a Baptist Christian.
4.0 out of 5 stars Celebrates our Baptist faith and heritage 28 July 2009
By Stephen Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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A book of testimonies by various Baptist leaders, both past and present, on our common faith and heritage. Sadly, Baptists are often known more for our traditions and emotional revivalism than our deep theology, but this book shows there are indeed many biblical, theological, and historical reasons to celebrate being a Baptist. Some great chapters, though the book could probably have been titled, "Why I wish I was Presbyterian, but the Bible's teaching on believer's baptism would not let me."
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 11 Oct 2004
By Chris Meirose - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this to be a good read. I liked the editor's choice to draw from fairly diverse group of Baptists (though some larger groups go unrepresented). I thought a couple of segments were outstanding, and couple of segments were uninspiring, and the rest was pretty good. I don't know if I would put this on a must read level, but if you are a Baptist and you want to come into a better understanding of the Baptist family, then this is worth your time and money.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Personal Narratives are Not Helpful 27 Mar 2013
By J. Tomes - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is not an apologetic for Baptist doctrine and distinctives. Instead, it is a series of short essays from various Baptist persons that amount to nothing more than personal conversion narratives with different doctrinal emphases. The authors do nothing more than state their position. If asked why they hold the position, "because it's clearly taught in Scripture." There is so much repetition in this book and no real argumentation.This book comes of as triumphalistic. It is profoundly unhelpful. On the other hand, it is exactly what it says that it is. If the Baptists are truly facing an identity crises (and they are) then they should (and could) have produced something weightier. How are personal narratives supposed to aide with this crises? Ultimately, Why I am a Baptist does not answer the questions that the reader is asking, it merely gives a few reasons as to why the individual authors are Baptists. The reader doesn't need to know why the writers are Baptist. They need to know why the position is (or isn't) true.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctrinal Distinctives and Personal Testimonies 19 Oct 2008
By Trevin Wax - Published on Amazon.com
Search for books called Why I Am a Baptist and you will find titles going back for more than a century. One of the more recent books to claim this title explores the reasons for Baptist identity by drawing from the personal experiences of a variety of Baptist leaders.

Russell Moore and Tom Nettles (both of Southern Seminary) have done conservative Baptists a service by editing a book that describes Baptist doctrinal distinctives in the context of personal testimony. This readable collection of essays will be an encouragement to Baptists who may not know why they are Baptist, aside from their upbringing.

Why I Am a Baptist contains essays from Baptist forefathers (Isaac Backus, Ann Judson, F.H. Kerfoot), from current Baptist leaders (such as Jimmy Draper, Paige Patterson, and Al Mohler), European Baptists (Erroll Hulse, etc.), pastors (Mark Dever, Al Meredith, etc.), pastors' wives, professors, and other Baptist evangelical leaders (Carl Henry, Wayne Grudem, etc.).

Baptist distinctives are clearly articulated in this book, especially the doctrine of believer's baptism as the key to Baptist identity. The contributors emphasize the trustworthiness of Scripture and the autonomy of the local church.

The only complaint I have with this collection is that the majority of the writers lean to the Reformed side of Baptist life. This fact is most clearly seen in many of the authors' journeys between Presbyterian and Baptist churches. Several of the essays could have just as well been titled "Why I Am No Longer a Presbyterian." While I enjoyed these essays, I would have rather heard from a broader spectrum of Baptist theology.

Still, Why I Am a Baptist is a worthy addition to the library of anyone interested in Baptist belief and practice. The distinctiveness of Baptist belief is presented in the form of testimony, leading to a deep appreciation for the Holy Spirit's guidance of Baptists throughout the centuries.
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