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American Baptists and the Church (Hardback)
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American Baptists and the Church (Hardback)

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Hardback 126 Pages / Published: 20/03/1997
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This is a theological and historical discussion about how American Baptists can reclaim a lost concept of the church and implement it to solve contemporary problems. Uniquely addressed to American Baptist Churches, USA, the issues discussed are also being addressed in other Baptist groups throughout the world. It is the author's hope that this book will accurately inform people as to what Baptists once believed and practiced about the church of Jesus Christ at both the local and associational levels. Contents: Preface; Introduction: We Have a Problem; Baptist Beginnings; Why Baptists Practice Congregationalism; Early American Baptists and The Church; The Associationist Principle; Baptist Associational Life in Early America; The Decline of The Association; The Changing Scene in The Twentieth Century; Conclusion: Steps to Recovery; Sources Consulted; Index; Biographical Sketch of Author.

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761806530
Number of pages: 126
Weight: 304 g
Dimensions: 223 x 146 x 17 mm


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Howard Stewart's book sounds a call that present-day American Baptists should not ignore. As we face divisive issues, he urges us to recover three significant emphases from our Baptist heritage which can enable us to deal with our differences with wisdom and love. Through a historical study he traces the loss of these aspects of our tradition, and then calls us to recapture them; a balanced view of the church; the restoration of the associational principle at the local level; and becoming a confessional people again. I heartily endorse this book to every Baptist as an excellent resource for addressing our present situation. -- Dr. Norman H. Maring, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
This is a good treatment of the topic. It provides historical substance for undercutting the peril of individualism in our time, particularly in American Baptist polity matters. -- Dr. Robert D. Rasmussen, American Baptist Churches of the West
Excellent! Every Baptist needs to read this book! We need to hear what it has to say!> -- Dr. Malcolm G. Shotwell, American Baptist Churches
American Baptists and the Church is stimulating and well-researched. By presenting the history of associational life among Baptists, it provides a context from which readers can interact with the contemporary setting. Careful attention to the progress and historical development of associations also enables the reader to determine why American Baptists, who had been given birth by associations, were to enter into a period of neglect of associational life. At the same time the book clearly points the way to our future by affirming the opportunity for associational rebirth in the modern era. -- Dr. John Jackson, American Baptist Churches
Dr. Stewart's book is a must for all who are concerned about the quest for unity in the midst of increasing diversity within the Baptist (and specifically the American Baptist) family. In addition to bringing historical accuracy and clarity to the ample confusion in the contemporary discussions about sacred Baptist principles-such as 'soul liberty'-Stewart argues strongly that denominational unity is not achievable apart from a clear theological identity. On the whole, this book represents a decisivechallenge to the (mistaken) notion that Baptist identity requires the rejection of any and all theological boundaries. -- Dr. Manfred T. Brauch, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
American Baptists and the Church is a clarion call to American Baptists to the recovery of a rich Baptist heritage, important elements of which have been surrendered through accomodation to impoverished elements of our cultural context. Its author, Dr. Howard Stewart, describes the loss of, and points the way to a recovery of an authentically associational and confessional pattern of church life. -- Dr. Robert Meye, Fuller Theological Seminary
Howard Stewart's book sounds a call that present-day American Baptists should not ignore. As we face divisive issues, he urges us to recover three significant emphases from our Baptist heritage which can enable us to deal with our differences with wisdom and love. Through a historical study he traces the loss of these aspects of our tradition, and then calls us to recapture them; a balanced view of the church; the restoration of the associational principle at the local level; and becoming a confessional people again. I heartily endorse this book to every Baptist as an excellent resource for addressing our present situation. -- Dr. Norman H. Maring, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
This is a good treatment of the topic. It provides historical substance for undercutting the peril of individualism in our time, particularly in American Baptist polity matters. -- Dr. Robert D. Rasmussen, American Baptist Churches of the West
Excellent! Every Baptist needs to read this book! We need to hear what it has to say! -- Dr. Malcolm G. Shotwell, American Baptist Churches
American Baptists and the Church is stimulating and well-researched. By presenting the history of associational life among Baptists, it provides a context from which readers can interact with the contemporary setting. Careful attention to the progress and historical development of associations also enables the reader to determine why American Baptists, who had been given birth by associations, were to enter into a period of neglect of associational life. At the same time the book clearly points the way to our future by affirming the opportunity for associational rebirth in the modern era. -- Dr. John Jackson, American Baptist Churches
Dr. Stewart's book is a must for all who are concerned about the quest for unity in the midst of increasing diversity within the Baptist (and specifically the American Baptist) family. In addition to bringing historical accuracy and clarity to the ample confusion in the contemporary discussions about sacred Baptist principles-such as 'soul liberty'-Stewart argues strongly that denominational unity is not achievable apart from a clear theological identity. On the whole, this book represents a decisive challenge to the (mistaken) notion that Baptist identity requires the rejection of any and all theological boundaries. -- Dr. Manfred T. Brauch, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
^IA reading of this very readable book puts the reader in touch with our rich heritage and reaffirms the biblical rationale for being a Baptist. In addition the book addresses our present-day tendency toward 'extreme individualism' and 'super autonomy'. To counter balance these he presents three suggested steps toward the recovery of the associational principle. For today's pastors and congregations, particularly in the urban setting with its constant kaleidoscopic cultural and ethnic changes, every church would do well to include this book in its Christian education curriculum. It will inform and preserve historic Baptist principles for congregational life and church governance.^R -- Dr. Jane Gahs Wilson, American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles

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