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Tracks and Traces : Studies in Baptist History and Thought - Paul S Fiddes

Tracks and Traces

Studies in Baptist History and Thought

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Published: 1st September 2007
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This is a comprehensive, yet unusual, book on the faith and life of Baptist Christians. It explores a Baptist understanding of the church, ministry, sacraments, and mission from a thoroughly theological perspective. In a series of interlinked essays, the author relates Baptist identity to a theology of covenant, and to participation in the communion of the triune God. The book thus surveys the ""tracks"" of heritage, giving a solid historical background to each of the major themes, while at the same time offering ""traces"" of possible paths for the future, based on a tracing out of a vision of God. ""This is a rich and erudite volume. In the growing corpus of writings on Baptist identity it will sound new notes and bring new insights. It succeeds in being faithfully Baptist and profoundly Catholic at the same time. All Christians might benefit from this careful and imaginative work."" --Nigel G. Wright, Spurgeon's College, London ""Replete with solid historical scholarship, astute theological discernment, and keen insight into the contemporary context, the refreshing and exhilarating treatment of central Baptist commitments set forth in Tracks and Traces indicates why Paul Fiddes is one of today's foremost and most respected expositors of the Baptist vision of the faith."" --Stanley J. Grenz, Carey Theological College, Vancouver, British Columbia ""The author has quite remarkably achieved what he sets out as his aim: the fashioning of 'a coherent Baptist vision of the Christian church in its faith and practice.' The language of its main themes whets the appetite of those who are searching for a recovery of the high churchmanship of our Puritan forebears in the faith, albeit set not within the sectarian frame of mind of the seventeenth century but the ecumenical temper of the twenty-first. The approach is fresh and challenging, not least for twenty-first century Baptists, who in their proper concern to be missionary-minded, are sometimes in danger of losing sight of that other fundamental, the need to express solidarity with the historic traditions of Christendom embraced within the ongoing endeavour to be church."" --John H. Y. Briggs, Centre for Baptist History and Heritage, Regent's Park College, Oxford, UK Paul S. Fiddes is Professor of Systematic Theology in the University of Oxford, and Principal of Regent's Park College, Oxford. He is a minister ordained in the Baptist Union of Great Britain. Among his many previous books are The Creative Suffering of God (1988), Past Event and Present Salvation (1989), Freedom and Limit (1991), The Promised End (2000) and Participating in God (2000).

Preface and Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introduction: The Question of Identityp. 1
Tracks and Tracesp. 1
Theology and Communityp. 3
The Experience of a Communityp. 4
The Confession of a Communityp. 8
The Stories of a Communityp. 10
Identifying a Baptist Communityp. 12
Not 'Baptist' but 'baptist'?p. 13
Identity as Identificationp. 14
A Baptist Focus in Theologyp. 17
'Walking Together': The Place of Covenant Theology in Baptist Life Yesterday and Todayp. 21
Covenant and Identityp. 21
The Meaning of 'Covenant'p. 24
The Relation between the Eternal Covenant and the Local Covenantp. 31
The Covenant and Salvationp. 37
The Covenant and Voluntary Societiesp. 40
Covenants and Confessionsp. 45
Beginning a New Millennium: Doctrinal Themes of Strategic Significance for Baptistsp. 48
Enduring Themes: Divine Purpose and Authorityp. 48
The Final Authority of Jesus Christp. 49
A Covenant-making Godp. 53
The Suffering of Godp. 57
Promise and Fulfilmentp. 61
Church and Trinity: A Baptist Ecclesiology of Participationp. 65
Three New Testament Imagesp. 66
The Expansion of Images: A Trinitarian Perspectivep. 70
Relationship as Covenantp. 74
The Church: Community in Godp. 78
Authority in Relations between Pastor and People: A Baptist Doctrine of Ministryp. 83
Authority and Finding the Mind of Christp. 84
The Call of Christ and the Apostolic Officep. 88
Serving and Trustp. 95
Authority in Personalityp. 99
Authority in Truthp. 103
Baptism and Creationp. 107
Birthp. 109
Cleansingp. 111
Conflictp. 113
Journeyp. 115
Refreshmentp. 116
The Communication of Gracep. 117
The Scope of Gracep. 119
Baptism, Authority and the Purpose of Godp. 122
Believers' Baptism: An Act of Inclusion or Exclusion?p. 125
The Boundary-marker of Baptismp. 125
Welcoming Those on the Way to Faithp. 126
Integrating Believing Childrenp. 134
Being Hospitable to Other Christiansp. 139
Initiation: A Theology of Inclusionp. 145
An Interplay of Grace and Faithp. 145
An Interplay of Spirit and Waterp. 148
An Interplay of Christ's Body and Churchp. 150
Accepting Those with Special Needsp. 153
The Witness of Baptismp. 155
The Church as a Eucharistic Community: A Baptist Contributionp. 157
The Lord's Supper and the Presence of Christp. 158
A Localized Presence of the Body in the Elementsp. 160
Participation in the Body Closely Connected with the Elementsp. 163
Benefits of the Body Loosely Connected with the Elementsp. 166
The Presence of Christ in the Body of the Congregationp. 167
Sharing in the Eucharist and Membership of the Churchp. 174
Membership at the Table Despite Baptismp. 175
Membership at the Table and Different Forms of Baptismp. 179
Membership at the Table and a Process of Initiationp. 182
Identifying the Bodyp. 185
The Church's Ecumenical Calling: A Baptist Perspectivep. 193
The Present Form of the Callp. 193
Unity from the Rootsp. 193
Unity as Full Communionp. 194
Unity in Diversityp. 196
The Call to One Bodyp. 197
Making Christ Visiblep. 207
Visibility in Ecumenical Missionp. 207
Visibility in Conciliar Formsp. 210
The Call to One Fellowshipp. 214
The Call to One Covenantp. 221
The Understanding of Salvation in the Baptist Traditionp. 228
Personal Faith and its Consequencesp. 229
Personal Salvation in Communityp. 232
Personal Response and the Grace of Godp. 235
Personal Salvation and Theologies of Atonementp. 242
The Breadth of Salvationp. 246
Mission and Liberty: A Baptist Connectionp. 249
Sharing in God's Missionp. 249
Mission and Covenantp. 252
Covenant and Libertyp. 259
Liberty and Missionp. 264
Mission and the Liberating Rule of Christp. 264
Mission and the Liberty to Evangelizep. 267
Conclusion: Mission as Diakoniap. 270
Bibliographyp. 275
General Indexp. 297
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ISBN: 9781597527293
ISBN-10: 1597527297
Series: Studies in Baptist History and Thought
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 305
Published: 1st September 2007
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.6  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.41