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How does history speak to the question of Baptist identity? The peculiar story and theological richness of Baptist ecclesial practices show the importance of considering theology together with the wider historical frame in which it arises. How do historical accounts of people or events enrich our theological understanding of Baptist practices? We invite proposals focusing on the art of narrating the Baptist story and issues related to Baptist historiography and its theological underpinnings.


  • Andrew Black,  “Thank God, It (Never Should HAve) HAppened: Historiography and Theology in John Howard Yoder and Herbert Butterfield”Read Andrew’s Paper
  • Mack Dennis, “Preaching the Soveriegnty of God: How Will Campbell’s Radical Christian Witness Informs a Reconciling Homiletic”  Read Mack’s Paper
  •  Jordan Rowan Fannin, “Historiography as Healing: Reassembling a Narrative of Clarissa H. Danforth, Freewill Baptist Preacher, 1815-1822” Read Jordan’s Paper
  • Jenny Howell, “Reading History with the Saints: An Examination of McClendon’s Biography as Theology” Read Jenny’s Paper
  • Tommy Kidd, “From Dissenters to Patriots: Baptists and the American Revolution” Read Tommy’s Paper
  • Jake Meyers, “In Search of a Baptist Homiletic: The Legacy of John A. Broadus” Read Jake’s Paper
  • Philip Thompson, “Defining Theological Liberty in Unsettled Times: The Strange Union of Dogmatics and History in Baptist Life and Thought” History and Dogmatics Thompson YSBA 11


  • David Bebbington, Sterling University, Senior Scholar
  • Paul Fiddes Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Oxford; Consultant
  • Steve Harmon, Professor of Theology, Gardner-Webb University, Consultant
  • Scott Moore, Baylor University,  Consultant,
  • James D. Anderson,  University of Kentucky, Emeritus, Consultant,
  • Douglas Henry, Baylor University
  • Beth Newman, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
  • Sheila Klopfer,Georgetown College
  • Andy Chambers, Missouri Baptist Univeristy
  • Roger Ward, Georgetown College