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Baptists Through the Centuries


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David W. Bebbington is Professor of History at the University of Stirling. His previous books include The Mind of Gladstone: Religion, Homer and Politics and The Dominance of Evangelicalism: The Age of Spurgeon and Moody . He lives in Scotland.


"Conversations about Baptist identity too often generate more heat than light. This book is a happy exception, telling the Baptist story with great insight and clarity." Curtis W. Freeman, Research Professor of Theology and Baptist Studies, Duke University Divinity School
"David Bebbington's well-earned reputation as a brilliant historian is certainly confirmed with this fine overview of Baptist history and practices. Bebbington's work will provide students with a timely, balanced, and insightful guide for generations to come." David S. Dockery, President, Union University
"Bebbington, one of the leading historians of worldwide evangelicalism, presents a sweeping overview of Baptist history in Europe and the US from its beginnings in the Reformation to the present. A synthesis of the original research of others, Bebbington's interpretive scheme is nuanced and quite readable." J. F. Findlay, University of Rhode Island, Choice (2011, 48:8)
"... the scope of [Bebbington's] coverage in just 300 pages is breathtaking. If you read only one book on the Baptists, this is the one for you." Richard V. Pierard, International Bulletin of Missionary Research, Oct. 2011
"... a welcomed addition to the field of Baptist studies." Baptist History & Heritage Society (Fall 2012)
"David Bebbington has placed us all in his debt by producing this volume." Journal of European Baptist Studies (2012, 12:2)
"In Baptists through the Centuries, the distinguished University of Stirling (UK) professor further solidifies his already established reputation for careful scholarship, astute interpretation, and compelling storylines.... Bebbington offers the necessary resources for understanding the tradition's comlex historical roots, as well as the meandering pathways that have characterized denomination life for 400 years." Renewing Minds (2012, 1:1
"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 of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University, and General Editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture
"Bebbington is a wise guide... This judicious and insightful account of Baptist history is to be commended." John Briggs, President of the Baptist Hictorical Society, Baptist Quarterly (2013, 45)
Bebbingtons careful work and attempt to categorize and define the diverse family called Baptists is laudable and worthy of commendation. Jason. G. Duesing, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Journal of Ecclesiastical History (62:4)
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

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