Church History

Long-Lost Bavinck Manuscript Is a Timely Work on Reformed Ethics

"In 2008, while working in the Bavinck archives at the Free University of Amsterdam, Dirk Van Keulen stumbled on what amounted to a 1,100-page handwritten manuscript by Bavinck (circa 1884/5) titled Reformed Ethics. Bavinck at one time had clearly intended this to be a companion to his monumental four-volume Reformed Dogmatics, yet he mysteriously never published it." - TGC

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Review: The Making of Battle Royal: The Rise of Liberalism in Northern Baptist Life, 1870–1920

Four Lessons on Church Revitalization from John Knox

"As Knox walked into the formal church meeting to discuss these issues, he felt confident given the clear majority who supported his views. However, Knox’ opponents had a plan: 'Enough of them had engaged in the cut and thrust of cathedral chapters or college politics to know the group tactics of manipulating the agenda, stage-managing walkouts and block voting. In this company, Knox was a raw novice and he made a series of tactical errors.'" - 9 Marks

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Review – The Making of a Battle Royal: The Rise of Liberalism in Northern Baptist Life

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by Jeffrey Paul Straub
Wipf and Stock 2018
Hardcover 416

This work by Jeff Straub, originally written as his doctoral dissertation, has finally been published as part of the “Monographs in Baptist History” series under the Pickwick Publications imprint. Written in a clear and compelling style, this book traces the rise of theological liberalism in Northern Baptist life, focusing especially on the seminaries. Straub’s main thesis is that liberalism was able to achieve such a “theological hegemony” in Northern Baptist life that “conscientious conservatives” had no choice but to separate if they wished to preserve an orthodox Baptist witness.

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