Posted by Steve Weaver, Research Assistant to the Director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies, Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin.
There is only one week left to register for the upcoming Andrew Fuller Center conference. The theme of our fifth annual conference is “Baptists and War.” The schedule for the conference is available online here.
The highlight of the conference may well be the special lecture and panel discussion on the American Civil War. With this year being the sesquicentennial of the beginning of the Civil War, we have invited Dr. George Rable (History Professor at the University of Alabama) to speak on “Was the American Civil War a Holy War?” His lecture will be followed by a panel discussion between him, Dr. James Fuller (History Professor at the University of Indianapolis) and our own Dr. Tom Nettles and Dr. Greg Wills (moderator). This should be a fascinating event held in Heritage Hall at 7:30 pm on Monday, September 26th. This event is going to be open to the seminary community and wider public for free. We’re expecting a great turn out. Please help us spread the word about this event on Twitter, Facebook, and personal blogs.
Conference registration includes free books and a delicious banquet meal. All interested in attending should register soon at events.sbts.edu/andrewfuller.
Dr. Haykin and Mark Jones have co-edited a volume dedicated to the examination of various doctrinal controversies in the seventeenth century, Drawn into Controversie: Reformed Theological Diversity and Debates Within Seventeenth-Century British Puritanism (Reformed Historical Theology, vol.17; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011). The Table of Contents and an extract are available from the publisher here. Google Books also has a free preview of the book. It also available for sale on Amazon.com.
Table of Contents
1. Diversity in the Reformed Tradition: A Historiographical Introduction—Richard A. Muller
2.The Imputation of the Active Obedience of Christ at the Westminster Assembly—Alan D. Strange
3. October 1643: The Dissenting Brethren and the προτον δεκτικόν—Hunter Powell
4. Millennialism—Crawford Gribben
5. Lapsarian Diversity at the Synod of Dort—J.V. Fesko
6. The Extent of the Atonement: English Hypothetical Universalism versus Particular Redemption—Jonathan D. Moore
7.Adam’s Reward: Heaven or Earth?—Mark A. Herzer
8. The “Old” Covenant—Mark Jones
9. The Necessity of the Atonement—Carl R. Trueman
10. “That Error and Pillar of Antinomianism”: Eternal Justification—Robert J. McKelvey
11. The Assurance Debate: Six Key Questions—Joel R. Beeke
12. Particular Baptist Debates about Communion and Hymn-Singing—Michael A.G. Haykin & C. Jeffrey Robinson
During his visit to England in 1819 and 1820, William Ward spoke at an anniversary meeting of the Baptist Missionary Society and surprised everyone present with the following statement:
“Many of you imagine that all the good which has been done in India, has been done by the Baptists; but that is quite a mistake—the most successful Missionary that has yet appeared in India, was Henry Martyn.” ( “Theological Review: An Elegy to the Memory of the late Rev. Henry Martyn; with Smaller Pieces. By John Lawson”, New Evangelical Magazine and Theological Review, 10 , 252-253).
These words endeared Ward to the reviewer who recorded this statement—and to us many years later. They bear witness to a humility and an evangelical catholicity that are both truly admirable.
On the way to Cambridge
This leafy canopy
That spans the country road,
A meeting-house for diverse branches
Entwined for strength.
Beneath the canopy
At summer’s zenith
Sun’s light is filtered
And this bower not made with hands
Is a shade upon the way.
And when winter’s breath and breeze
Doth freeze and denude
The cloth of snow is a shroud
Awaiting spring’s Resurrection.
From the first time that he preached at the gathering of the Midland Association of Baptist churches in the 1740s, Benjamin Beddome was active till 1789. But he only appears to have written the Circular Letter once, and that was in 1765. The “masthead” that usually encapsulated the confession of the Association was replaced by a unique element that year which seems to have come from Beddome’s pen.
Beddome identified himself and his fellow Baptists as those “maintaining the doctrines of free grace, in opposition to Arminianism and Socinianism: and the necessity of good works, in opposition to Libertinism and real Antinomianism.” There is more that needs to be said, of course, on other occasions, but this is very nice and succinct. Who are we? We are those who maintain the doctrines of free grace and affirm the necessity of good works. The phrase “the necessity of good works” coming hard on the heels of the statement “doctrines of free grace” obviously qualifies the term “necessity”: necessary proof of true conversion but not needed for justification.