Contesting Catholicity Hardback

Theology for Other Baptists

by Curtis W. Freeman;

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Contesting Catholicity

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Baptists originated as a protest movement within the church but have developed over time into a distinct sect, one committed to preserving its place in the hierarchy of denominations. In todays post-modern, disestablished context, Baptists are in danger of becoming either a religious affinity group, a collection of individuals who share experiences and commitments to a set of principles, or a counter-cultural sect that retreats to early Enlightenment propositions for consolation and support. In Contesting Catholicity, Curtis W. Freeman offers an alternative Baptist identity, an Other kind of Baptist, one that stands between the liberal and fundamentalist options. By discerning an elegant analogy among some late modern Baptist preachers, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Baptist founders, and early patristic theologians, Freeman narrates the Baptist story as a community that grapples with the convictions of the church catholic. Deep analogical conversation across the centuries enables Freeman to gain new leverage on all of the supposedly distinctive Baptist theological identifiers.
From believers baptism, the sacraments, and soul competency, to the Trinity, the priesthood of every believer, and local church autonomy, Freemans historical reconstruction demonstrates that Baptists did and should understand themselves as a spiritual movement within the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church. A catholic Baptist is fully participant in the historic church and at the very same time is fully Baptist. This radical Baptist catholicity is more than a quantitative sense of historical and ecumenical communion with the wider church. This Other Baptist identity envisions a qualitative catholicity that is centred on the confession of faith in Jesus Christ and historic Trinitarian orthodoxy enacted in the worship of the church in and through word and sacrament.

Contesting Catholicity by Curtis W. Freeman was published by Baylor University Press in September 2014. The ISBN for Contesting Catholicity is 9781481300278.

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Details for Contesting Catholicity

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBaylor University Press (September 2014)
Number of Pages478
Thickness36 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4304681
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