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February 01, 2011



Radner doesn't quite seem like a conservative (certainly not in the same ship as Packer), although in the Anglican communion it doesn't take much to look conservative sometimes. He handles himself much like postliberal but that isn't really category. He actually would fit closer to Williams then people might think, but they do differ on the most classifiable issue. Is Oliver O'Donovan Anglican? He seems like him, Radner, and Kathryn Greene-McCreight might make there own group.

Baptists are much harder to classify. I would be interested in where anabaptist leaning Baptist's fall, and other than historic lineage what is the difference between a pacifist baptist and an anabaptist. I am sure there is one, and I don't mean to downplay historical lineage, but I'd be interested in hearing that played out.

Brandon Jones

Andy I think you have nailed it. For what it's worth, my dissertation last year was involved in all three of the streams you mention. To be sure, the impact, if any, remains to be seen. I think one thing that ties the three streams together is a desire to identify a historically-rooted Baptist voice that harmonizes with other voices in Christianity. All too often, at least in North America, we have been a people known for picking fights and clashing with our brothers and sisters. Part of my reasons for researching these areas was to help discern a positive Baptist identity rather than a negative one in which we define who we are by what we oppose.

Keith G Jones

Andy, as you have referred to a group of scholars in the USA, perhaps a European comment ? Here at IBTS we certainly have a significant group of people engaged in doctoral and post-doctoral research within a baptistic theological perspective, building on our Anabaptist research and using Yoder and McClendon as conversant partners. Parush Parushev and myself are identifying this trend as research and theological reflection on gathering, intentional, convictional communities. There are now several publications in that genre and regular articles in the journals "Baptistic Theologies" and "The Journal of European Baptist Studies".

Lee Stewart

It is interesting to see kathryn Greene-McCreight quited here,as I know her & I conducted her Dad's funeral(He was a Baptist minister & very much in the Spong camp).I am not keen on labels,as a Baptist,I am mix of old & new,but my structure is more towards the traidtional, yet coming froman Anglican background,I have a high regard to "High church" & the role it can play in people's lives,yet as baptists,the closest to this, is setting ourselves in an ecumenical setting,a situation that military chaplains find themselves all the time & the result is,they either all become Anglicans or everyone become militant Liberals within their own tradition.

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