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Baptist Roots provides an in-depth examination of Baptist theology rather than social history. The authors of these essays provide insight into the contemporary problems of Christian existence and of Baptist identity. Baptist Roots gives voice to significant but socially marginalized thinkers as well as acknowledged theologians like Roger Williams and Charles Spurgeon. This accessible volume will be appreciated by concerned Baptist pastors and church leaders as well as by students interested in the history and theology of the Baptist movement and of Christianity in general.
"Historians and theologians will find this volume helpful as will Baptist pastors, laypeople, and virtually anyone interested in Baptist heritage. Those wishing to understand a broader definition of Baptist theology and its position within the larger Christian context will also want to become familiar with its pages. The unfortunate thing is that the editors, like their predecessors, in collecting materials for primary source readers have only begun to scrape the surface. And yes, Baptists do have a theological heritage. Baptist Roots makes that extremely clear." reviewed by Michael Williams, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dallas Baptist University for Baptist History & Heritage, Summer-Fall 2001
"It is a splendid piece of work, accessible, informative, and inspiring. It deserves to become a standard text for Baptist studies." Brian Haymes, President, Bristol Baptist College, England
"The uniqueness of this work is a seldom seen inclusiveness, which describes the rich contributions of women and men of ebony hue and non-Euroamerican origins that are an integral part of radical Anabaptist history." J. Alfred Smith Sr, Professor of Preaching and Church Ministries, American Baptist Seminary of The West and Senior Pastor of Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, California
"These documents deserve a place in the conversation of today's Baptistsin seminaries, churches, and whenever we gather to ask who we have been and who we might be." Nancy T. Ammerman, Professor of Sociology in Religion, Hartford Seminary
"This substantial volume brings together a comprehensive collection of writings on Baptist theology. I know of no other work that even comes close to this one in its coverage of the basic and normative themes in Baptist theology. I highly recommend it." James H. Evans Jr. Robert K. Davies Professor of Systematic Theology
James William McClendon, Jr. (1924-2000) was a Christian theologian in the Anabaptist tradition. He was, at the time of his death, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
Curtis W. Freeman is Research Professor of Theology and Director of the Baptist House of Studies at Duke Divinity School. He is an ordained Baptist minister and serves as editor of the American Baptist Quarterly and serves on the Baptist World Alliance Commission on Doctrine and Christian Unity.
C. Rosalee Velloso Ewell is Brazilian. She has a PhD in biblical theology from Duke University and lives in Londrina, Brazil. She serves as New Testament editor for the Latin American Bible Commentary, participates in the Lausanne Theology Working Group, is married, and has three children.
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