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By Curtis W. Freeman

Baptists originated as a protest stream in the church yet have built through the years right into a particular sect, one devoted 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 reports 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 deals another Baptist id, an “Other” form of Baptist, one who stands among the liberal and fundamentalist innovations. through 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 neighborhood that grapples with the convictions of the church catholic.

Deep analogical dialog around the centuries allows Freeman to realize new leverage on the entire supposedly certain 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 ancient reconstruction demonstrates that Baptists did and will comprehend themselves as a non secular stream in the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church.

A “catholic Baptist” is totally player within the old church and on the exact same time is totally Baptist. This radical Baptist catholicity is greater than a quantitative experience of ancient 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 old Trinitarian orthodoxy enacted within the worship of the church in and during be aware and sacrament.

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