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This book has won wide acceptance as a standard reference work in Baptist history. No Baptist pastor's bookshelf, no church or seminary library, is complete without it. Since the original publication in 1950, the book has seen several new editions, adding findings and interpretations of scholarship and events through the 1970's.
"Mr. Torbet has done an excellent job detailing the often misunderstood history of the Baptists. His comments are supported by numerous references and sources so that the serious student may research his conclusions on their own. This is an excellent book for anybody searching for a credible Baptist history book without the modern leanings toward ecumenicalism." Mr. and Mrs. Kelly
"This is an outstanding overview of not only the history of the denomination, but the development of the 'Baptist Distinctives' that set Baptists apart from other evangelical denominations." Warren Kelly
The late Robert George Torbet, a former seminary dean, professor, and historian, held degrees from Wheaton College, the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Seminary), and the University of Pennsylvania from which he earned a PhD. He was editor, department director, and board member of the American Baptist Board of Education and Publication (now Judson Press), and also served as president of the American Baptist Convention. Although Torbet produced several historical works, he is probably best known for A History of the Baptists.
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