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.
This book offers a world view and combines the fairly familiar with the surprisingly little known. It shows a remarkably vigorous community of faith throughout the world.~David Salter, Congregational History Society Magazine
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.~Timothy George, Founding Dean, Beeson Divinity School, and general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture