Matthew Emerson on Towards Baptist Catholicity
Source: Ecclesial Theology – Steven R. Harmon
I’m grateful for the appreciative response to my book Towards Baptist Catholicity: Essays on Tradition and the Baptist Vision offered by Matthew Emerson on his blog Secundum Scripturas. I’m also grateful to know that eight years after its 2006 publication, the book is still finding readers and eliciting response.
Here’s an excerpt from the beginning of Emerson’s post:
I recently read Steve Harmon’s Towards Baptist Catholicity: Essays on Tradition and the Baptist Vision. I’m beginning some sustained work with my friend and colleague Luke Stamps on Baptist life and its relationship to the larger Christian tradition, and Harmon’s collection of essays is one of the most prominent works on the subject. In this post I hope to affirm much in Harmon’s book, but also offer some pointed questions and critiques from a different perspective (i.e. conservative Southern Baptist evangelical) than his own.
First, the affirmations. I cannot say strongly enough how much I agree with Harmon on the need to position Baptist life within the larger body of Christ…. (read the full blog post at Secundum Scripturas)
I am currently wrapping up work on a follow-up to Towards Baptist Catholicity (under contract with Baylor University Press with working title The Baptist Vision and the Ecumenical Future: Radically Biblical, Radically Catholic, Relentlessly Pilgrim), which will more fully develop and extend some themes from the earlier book in ways that may answer to some of the questions and critiques expressed in Emerson’s post. In the meantime, I’ll offer some brief responses below.
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