The Baptists, Volume 3
Key People – The Modern Era
In the final volume of Tom Nettles’s Trilogy on the Baptists, he traces some of the modern movements and key personalities who have shaped our contemporary Baptist churches. Nettles looks at the downgrade in the British Church through the lenses of C.H. Spurgeon and John Clifford and the decline in America, looking at the influences of A. H. Strong, E. Y. Mullins, and the Baptist Modernists. Key outcomes are explored that inevitably grow out of Baptist theology (separation of church and state, for instance).
The ‘renewed contours’ of the present day Baptist movement are also covered with particular reference to recent changes in the Southern Baptist Convention.
“Building on his earlier research, Nettles carries the Baptist story into our times. A work rich in detail and offering a distinctive interpretation of the people of God called Baptists.”
— Timothy George, Beeson Divinity School, Sanford University, and Senior Editor at Christianity Today
Thomas J. Nettles is Professor of Historical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
“This volume completes Tom Nettles’ magisterial study of Baptist history. Building on his earlier research, Nettles carries the Baptist story into our own times. A work rich in detail and offering a distinctive interpretation of the people of God called Baptists.” — Timothy George, Founding Dean of Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
“What has it meant, historically, to be a Baptist? Which modern Baptists would Charles Spurgeon recognize as his theological descendants? What happened between Spurgeon’s day and ours? Tom Nettles masterfully explores these and other important questions, setting a new standard for Baptist history. This is a book every Baptist should read. Indeed, anyone interested in the Baptists would do well to start with these three powerful volumes. Nettles has not only given us standard texts on Baptist history, the life stories told here provoke devotional meditation, desire for faithfulness, and careful thought. Praise God for these books, then read them carefully, mark them thoroughly, revisit them through the years, and impart this history to the coming generations.” — James M. Hamilton, Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky