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British Baptist Theologians No. 6: Anthony R. Cross

PhD (University of Keele, 1997)

Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Theological Research, University of Roehampton (1998-2001)
Research Fellow, Centre for Baptist History and Heritage, Regent's Park College (2003-2009)
Director of the Centre for Baptist History and Heritage, Regent's Park College (2009-2012)

Selected Publications

__ (ed.) with Stanley Porter, Baptism, New Testament and the Church: Historical and Contemporary Studies in Honour of R.E.O. White, JSNTSup. 171, (1999, Sheffield Academic Press)
___ '"One Baptism" (Ephesians 4.5): A Challenge to the Church', Baptism, New Testament and the Church (Sheffield Academic Press, 1999), 173-209
___ 'Service to the Ecumenical Movement: The Contribution of British Baptists, Baptist Quarterly 38.3 (1999), 107-22
___ Baptism and the Baptists: Theology and Practice in Twentieth-Century Britain , Studies in Baptist History and Thought Vol 3 (Paternoster, 2000)
___ 'Baptists and Baptism: A British Perspective', Baptist History and Heritage 35.1:104-21 (2000)
___ 'Dispelling the Myth of English Baptist Baptismal Sacramentalism', Baptist Quarterly 38.8:367-91 (2000)
___ (ed.) with Stanley Porter, Dimensions of Baptism. Biblical and Theological Studies, JSNT Supplement Series 234 (Sheffield Academic Press, 2002)
___ 'The Meaning of 'Baptisms' in Hebrews 6.2' in Dimensions of Baptism (Sheffield Academic Press, 2002)
___ (ed.) Ecumenism and History. Studies in Honour of John H.Y. Briggs (Paternoster, 2002)
___ 'Baptism, Christology and the Creeds in the Early Church: Implications for Ecumenical Dialogue' in Ecumenism and History (2002, Paternoster)
___ (eds.) with Philip Thompson, Baptist Sacramentalism, Studies in Baptist History and Thought Vol 5 (Paternoster, 2003)
___ 'The Pneumatological Key to H. Wheeler's Baptismal Sacramentalism' in Baptist Sacramentalism (Paternoster, 2003), pp151-176
___ (ed.) with David Bebbington, Baptist Identities. International Studies from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries (Paternoster, 2003)
____ (ed.) with Stanley E. Porter, Semper Reformandum: Studies in Honour of Clark H. Pinnock (Paternoster, 2003)
___ 'Being Open to God's Sacramental Work: A Study in Baptism' in Semper Reformandum (Paternoster, 2003), pp355-377
___ 'Faith-Baptism: The Key to an Evangelical Baptismal Sacramentalism', Journal of European Baptist Studies 4.3 (2004), 5-21
___ (ed.) with Alan Sell, Protestant Non-Conformity in the Twentieth Century (Paternoster, 2005)
___ (ed.) with Philip Thompson, Recycling the Past or Researching History?, Studies in Baptist History and Thought Vol 11 (Paternoster, 2005)
___ 'The Myth of English Baptist Anti-Sacramentalism' in Recycling the Past or Researching History? (Paternoster, 2005)
___ The Evangelical Sacrament: Reforming Baptism. Friends of Bloomsbury Inaugural Lecture Saturday 26 May 2007
___'The Evangelical sacrament: baptisma semper reformandum', Evangelical Quarterly, 80.3 (July 2008), pp.195-218.
___ with Brian Haymes and Ruth Gouldbourne, On being the Church: Revisioning Baptist Identity (Paternoster, 2008)
___ (ed.) with P. E, Thompson, Baptist Sacramentalism 2 (Paternoster, 2008)
___ 'Baptismal Regeneration: Rehabilitating a Lost Dimension of New Testament Baptism' in Baptist Sacramentalism 2 (Paternoster, 2008), pp.149-174.
___ 'The Adoption of Believer's Baptism and Baptist Beginnings' in A. R. Cross and N. J. Wood (eds.), Exploring Baptist Origins (Regent's Park College, 2010)
___ '"Through a glass darkly": The Further Light Clause in Baptist Thought' in A. R. Cross and R. Gouldbourne (eds.), Questions of Identity: Essays in honour of Brian Haymes (Regent's Park College, 2011)
___ 'Sapientia Experimentalis: 'Knowledge by experience' - Aspects of a Baptist Baptismal Spirituality' in Pieter J. Lalleman, Peter J. Modern and Anthony R. Cross (eds.), Ground in Grace: Essays to Honour Ian M. Randall (Spurgeon's College and Baptist Historical Society, 2013) 
Recovering the Evangelical Sacrament: Baptisma Semper Reformandum (Pickwick, 2013)



Reading Anthony Cross was so helpful to me when I began to re-think baptism. I'm sure it's more complicated than this, but sometimes it seems like he has kick-started a re-discovery of baptist sacrementalism one-handed.

How a generation read Beasley-Murray and apparently agreed, without becomming sacramentalists, is beyond me!


Hi Andy

Anthony trained at Bristol College and Cardiff during the late 80s, working initially in NT stuff (gospel tradition from memory). He then went onto pastorates in Cambridge and Bath, and from there to teach at Roehampton. Much of his work now is with Paternoster and he has been responsible for the explosion in Baptist academic publishing over the last 5 years or so.

andy goodliff

Thanks Graham and Sean. I'll update post accordingly.

Tractor Girl

Maybe I've missed something but is there a reason why all the Baptist theologians you have looked at are male?

David Wright

Anthony's second pastorate was at Calne Baptist Church, Wiltshire not Bath. When he left Calne he went to live in Bath.

Kimberly Falk

We went to Anthony's church in Cambridge and became good friends.I am trying to find out his mailing address. He and Jackie send Christmas cards each year with no return address.Can anyone help us?

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