Hauerwas & Baptists

The latest edition of the (Baptist) journal Review & Expositor (February 2015) contains a set of essays by Baptists on Hauerwas with a reply by Hauerwas. Contributors include Curtis Freeman, Barry Harvey, Elizabeth Newman, Ralph Wood, Mark Medley, Jonathan Tran and Kyle Childress.

Freeman writes about Hauerwas' Baptist project, seeking to encourage Baptists to move beyond the confines of their often narrow theology. This has been taken up by several Baptists, Freeman being the best example - see his Contesting Catholicity.

Regent's Reviews 3.2 (April 2012)

The latest Regent's Reviews is now available. 29 book reviews covering Christian doctrine, biblical studies, practical theology and ministry.

This latest edition contains reviews of

Parallel Lives of Jesus: Four Gospels, One Story by Edward Adams

Trinity and Election in Contemporary Theology edited by Michael T. Dempsey

Learning to Speak Christian by Stanley Hauerwas

The ‘Plainly Revealed’ Word of God?: Baptist Hermeneutics in Theory and Practice edited by Helen Dare and Simon Woodman

The Bible, disability, and the church: a new vision of the people of God by Amos Yong

Remixing the Church: Towards an Emerging Ecclesiology by Doug Gay

Believing in Belonging: Belief and Social Identity in The Modern World by Abby Day

Baptist Quarterly Online

Every article from the Baptist Quarterly 1922-2000 is now available to download here.

As we continue to work towards seeing the future beyond400 we might want to listen to the past. Here's a small number that maybe helpful and/or interesting.

'The Baptist Doctrine of the Church' (1948)

W. M. S. West, 'Baptists and the Future' (1967)

L. G. Champion, 'Evanglelical Calvinism and the Structures of Baptist Church Life' (1981)

J. H. Y. Briggs, 'Evangelical Ecumenism: The Amalgamation of General and Particular Baptists in 1891'

Nigel Wright, 'Koinonia and Baptist Ecclesiology: Self-Critical Reflections from Historical and Systematic Perspectives' (1984)

Stephen Copson, 'Renewing Associations' (2000)

Peter Shepherd, 'The Baptist Union's Ministerial Settlement Scheme and Sustentation Scheme' (2000)

Regent's Reviews, April 2011

It does feel long enough since the last edition of Regent's Reviews 2.2, but a new edition is now out, in a new magazine format or to download as a .pdf - see here.

Inside you will find reviews of:

Terry J. Wright, Providence Made Flesh: Divine Presence as a Framework for a Theology of Providence

Gregory MacDonald (ed.), “All Shall Be Well”: Explorations in Universal Salvation and Christian Theology, from Origen to Moltman

Suzanne McDonald, Re-Imaging Election: Divine Election as representing God to others and others to God
Ian A. McFarland, In Adam’s Fall: A Meditation on the Christian Doctrine of Original Sin

Lewis Ayres, Augustine and His Trinity

Michael P. Jensen, Martyrdom and Identity: The Self on Trial

Robin Parry, Lamentations. The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary

Martyn Percy, Shaping the Church: The Promise of Implicit Theology

Jonny Baker, Curating Worship

John Colwell, Why Have You Forsaken Me? A Personal Reflection on the Experience of Desolation 

David W. Bebbington, Baptists through the Centuries: A History of a Global People

Plus lots of others ...

Regent's Reviews, October 2010

Running a little late, the latest edition of Regent's Reviews is now ready for downloading. Click here to download.

Find inside reviews of

Stanley Hauerwas, Hannah's Child: A Theologian's Memoir

Luke Bretherton, Christianity and Contemporary Politics

Ferdinan Schlingensiepen, Dietrich Bonheoffer 1906-1945

Joseph Mangina, Brazos/SCM Revelation commentary

Angus Paddison, Scripture: A Very Theological Proposal

as well as Baptist authors:

Steven Harmon, Ecumenism Means You, Too

Paul Goodliff, Ministry, Sacrament and Representation

Anthony R. Cross and Nicholas Wood, Exploring Baptist Origins

John Weaver, Christianity and Science

Christopher Voke, Creation At Worship

Modern Theology Symposium on Taylor's A Secular Age

How much can a philosopher do? - Fergus Kerr

History, belief and imagination in Charles Taylor's A Secular Age - Graham Ward

'Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet': Reflections on A Secular Age - Stanley Hauerwas and Romand Coles

The Response of a Theologian to Charles Taylor's A Secular Age - Gregory Baum

The Deep Conditions of Secularity - Hent de Vries

Challenging Issues about the Secular Age - Charles Taylor

download Regent's Reviews 1.2 (April 2010)

The latest edition of Regent's Reviews is now available here.

Books reviewed this edition include:

On Being the Church by Brian Haymes, Ruth Gouldbourne and Anthony R. Cross (this should have appear back in October, but accidently got missed). This is an important and interesting theology of baptist identity.

The Deliverance of God by Douglas Campbell. The argument of the book could see the most dramatic shift in Pauline studies since EP Sanders' book in 1977.

Beginning at Jerusalem by James Dunn

Pannenberg: A Guide for the Perplexed by Timothy Bradshaw

Christian Ethics by Michael Banner

Christ the Key by Kathryn Tanner

Who am I? Bonhoeffer's Theology through his Poetry edited by Bernd Wannenwetsch

The Trinity and Ecumenical Church Thought by William C. Ingle-Gillis

The European Baptist Federation: A Case Study in European Baptist Interdependency 1950-2006 by Keith Jones

Communities of Conviction: Baptist Beginnings in Europe by Ian Randall

The Myth of Religious Violence by William T. Cavanaugh

A Dictionary of European Baptist Life and Thought edited by John H. Y. Briggs

God and Government edited by Nick Spencer

IJST, April 2010

Hermeneutics and the Doctrine of Scripture: Why they need each other - Francis Watson

What is Theological Interpretation? An ecclesiological reduction - Daniel J. Treier

The Character of Theological Interpretation of Scripture - Mark Alan Bowald

Why Theological Hermeneutics Needs Rhetoric: Augustine's De doctrina Christiana - James Andrews

What is Theological Interpretation? The Example of Robert W. Jenson - Darren Sarisky

Theological Exegesis as Exegetical Showing: A Case of Isaiah's Figural Potentiality - Mark Gignilliat

Pro Ecclesia (Fall 2009)

The current issue of the theological journal Pro Ecclesia (vol. 18.4, Fall 2009) features "A Book Symposium on Steven R. Harmon's Towards Baptist Catholicity: Essays on Tradition and the Baptist Vision." It includes four articles reviewing the book by two Catholic and two Baptist theologians, along with Harmon's response:

Richard Crane, "Explosive Devices and Rhetorical Strategies: Appreciation for Steven R. Harmon's Towards Baptist Catholicity" (pp. 367-70)

Nicholas M. Healy, "Traditions, Authorities, and the Individual Christian" (pp. 371-74)

Elizabeth Newman, "Remembering How to Remember: Harmon's Subversive Orthodoxy" (pp. 375-80)

Maureen H. O'Connell, "Towards a Baptist (and Roman Catholic) Catholicity" (pp. 381-85)

Steven R. Harmon, "Why Baptist Catholicity, and by What Authority?" (pp. 386-92).

I've not yet read the reviews (the University of Oxford has stopped hard copy subscriptions on a wide-scale to journals, and so I have to wait for it to appear in an e-version, which for some journals like Pro Ecclesia takes ages!), but Steven has kindly sent me a copy of his response. The book I think is an important one, although perhaps more controversial in the US than in Europe as Steven points out. It is fantastic to see a major international theological journal engaging with Baptist theology (reviews of Baptist theologians is not always forthcoming - I have struggled to find many reviews of Paul Fiddes' Tracks and Traces ; John Colwell's Promise and Presence ; amongst others). The reason in this case, apart from being a good book (:-)!) is it's arguments for Baptists to situate themselves more consciously in the catholic church tradition (they risk becoming sub-christian if they don't!) and that the ultimate goal is communion with Rome.  

One of Steven's recent arguments is for those training for Baptist ministry to be more exposed to ecumenical theology, to the voices of other traditions beyond Baptists and evangelical ones and he repeats this in his response with particular reference to Roman Catholic theology. I hope those involved in theological education of Baptists ministers heed his call. As Keith Clements signals in the post previous to this, ecumenical theology and engagement has dropped off the radar after the huge attempts of the 20th century.