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Postby Blake » Tue May 11, 2010 5:25 pm

I've made it known I'm unimpressed with published overviews of Baptist theologians. The ones that are out there are too denominationally focused, often don't include women (surely there must be some) or non-British/American thinkers. Together lets list the thinkers that would make for a good volume from a variety of traditions, geographic locations, historical periods and genders.

Here's a few quickly off the top of my head I think would be essential to such a volume:
John Smyth
Thomas Helwys
Thomas Grantham
John Bunyan
Oswald Chambers
C.H. Spurgeon
E.Y. Mullins
Johann Gerhard Oncken
Walter Rauschenbusch
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Clark Pinnock
John Piper
Carl F.H. Henry

I know I'm forgetting several so who are the big dogs from your tradition? Who are some women baptist theologians of some prominence? Who might be some contemporary or historical names from Asia, Africa, Europe, Eastern Europe, South America, Central America, Australia?
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Re: Baptist Theologians

Postby Blake » Tue May 11, 2010 9:12 pm

Nigel Wright
Millard Erickson
Shailer Mathews
Dallas Willard

Hypothetically if such a book were published should it include missiologists or at least a section on the recent explosion of interest in missiology? Who would be included in such a section?
Ed Stetzer?
Stuart Murray?
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Re: Baptist Theologians

Postby Ed Pettibone » Wed May 12, 2010 12:46 pm

Ed: Blake when you write "I've made it known I'm unimpressed with published overviews of Baptist theologians. The ones that are out there are too denominationally focused, often don't include women (surely there must be some) or non-British/American thinkers. Together lets list the thinkers that would make for a good volume from a variety of traditions, geographic locations, historical periods and genders."

While you make some valid observations about extant volumes devoted to Baptist Theologians I am of the opinion that you too easily discount the work of George and Dockery and the contributors to Baptist Theologians . Of the 17 names you offer
that book provides exellent overviews of 7 - Spurgeon, Mullins, Bunyan, Rauschbuch, Pinnock, Erickson, Henry plus 25 others including John Gill the first Baptist to develop a complete Systematic Theology and by the way he was English as was Benjamin Keech. Also Isaac Backus Was well before either the Northern Baptist or the SBC the same holds for Andrew Fuller. Although he became a Baptist of the South, Richard Furman was born in New york state and he died 20 years prior to the founding of the SBC. In this book Mark Dever Credits John L. Dagg as the first Southern Baptist systematic theologian. ALthough Born in the South and having lived there for some years James Madison Pendelton was forced to migrate to the north. That is only a few of the ones you over looked and by the way one modern Englishman in this list was George R. Beasley- Murray. And One of the contributors was indeed a woman Who is an excellent Theologian in her right was Molly T. Marshal. I would agree that there was at least one more who should have been written up and that is ABC''s Helen Barrett, the first woman president of a major Baptist denomination and the First woman to translate the entire New Testament.
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Re: Baptist Theologians

Postby Haruo » Wed May 12, 2010 1:55 pm

Ed Pettibone wrote:I would agree that there was at least one more who should have been written up and that is ABC''s Helen Barrett, the first woman president of a major Baptist denomination and the First woman to translate the entire New Testament.

Helen Barrett Montgomery (she's more typically listed under her married name); the denomination she headed was the Northern Baptist Convention, not ABC (yet); and while she made the first useful (and the first non-vanity-published) NT translation from the original Greek, she was not the first woman to translate the entire New Testament (into English; who knows what may have been done by whom into other tongues?)—that honor belongs to the Congregationalist Julia Evelina Smith Parker, whose overly literalistic translation of the entire (presumably 66-book-canon) Bible from the original languages was completed in 1855, and published at her own expense in 1876.
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Re: Baptist Theologians

Postby Blake » Wed May 12, 2010 2:51 pm

Would people count James McClendon, Jr. as a Baptist theologian?

More:
Samuel Escobar
Orlando Costas
Stanley Grenz
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Re: Baptist Theologians

Postby Ed Pettibone » Thu May 13, 2010 4:57 pm

Haruo wrote:
Ed Pettibone wrote:I would agree that there was at least one more who should have been written up and that is ABC''s Helen Barrett, the first woman president of a major Baptist denomination and the First woman to translate the entire New Testament.


Helen Barrett Montgomery (she's more typically listed under her married name); the denomination she headed was the Northern Baptist Convention, not ABC (yet); and while she made the first useful (and the first non-vanity-published) NT translation from the original Greek, she was not the first woman to translate the entire New Testament (into English; who knows what may have been done by whom into other tongues?)—that honor belongs to the Congregationalist Julia Evelina Smith Parker, whose overly literalistic translation of the entire (presumably 66-book-canon) Bible from the original languages was completed in 1855, and published at her own expense in 1876.


Ed: Thanks for the correction on my unintentional omission Of HBM.s lat name. :oops: Montgomery is clearly what It says on the title page of the NT that I was given when licenced in 1956 at the 2nd Baptist Church of Columbus Ga. You may note that a part of that sentence where I truncated her name was copied from the same wikipedia article you quote. And true I should have said she was the first woman have her translation of the New testament published by a publishing house.
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Re: Baptist Theologians

Postby Chris » Sat May 15, 2010 7:40 pm

E. Stanley Jones?
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Re: Baptist Theologians

Postby Ed Pettibone » Sun May 16, 2010 2:05 pm

Chris wrote:E. Stanley Jones?


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Re: Baptist Theologians

Postby Lamar Wadsworth » Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:04 pm

I would definitely add Dale Moody to the list.
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Re: Baptist Theologians

Postby Timsings » Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:26 pm

Blake wrote:Would people count James William McClendon, Jr. as a Baptist theologian? . . .


Most definitely! Also, no one has mentioned Clarence Jordan or Will Campbell.

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