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By Curtis W. Freeman

Baptists originated as a protest stream in the church yet have built over the years right into a certain sect, one dedicated to protecting its position within the hierarchy of denominations. In today’s postmodern, disestablished context, Baptists are at risk of turning into both a spiritual affinity workforce, a suite of people who percentage reviews and commitments to a collection of rules, or a countercultural sect that retreats to early Enlightenment propositions for comfort and support.

In Contesting Catholicity, Curtis W. Freeman bargains another Baptist identification, an “Other” type of Baptist, person who stands among the liberal and fundamentalist techniques. by means of discerning a chic analogy between a few overdue sleek Baptist preachers, 17th- and eighteenth-century Baptist founders, and early patristic theologians, Freeman narrates the Baptist tale as a group that grapples with the convictions of the church catholic.

Deep analogical dialog around the centuries allows Freeman to achieve new leverage on the entire supposedly designated Baptist theological identifiers. From believer’s baptism, the sacraments, and soul competency, to the Trinity, the priesthood of each believer, and native church autonomy, Freeman’s old reconstruction demonstrates that Baptists did and may comprehend themselves as a non secular circulate in the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church.

A “catholic Baptist” is absolutely player within the historical church and on the exact same time is totally Baptist. This radical Baptist catholicity is greater than a quantitative experience of historic and ecumenical communion with the broader church. This different Baptist id envisions a qualitative catholicity that's headquartered at the confession of religion in Jesus Christ and historical Trinitarian orthodoxy enacted within the worship of the church in and during be aware and sacrament.

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