2015: The Year of Baptist Books

Peter Beck | November 6, 2015


Baptists have long been known as a “people of the Book.” From the early 17th century, Baptists sought to be true to the Word of God, letting it dictate their theology and motivate their actions. Like so many other denominations, though, Baptists have since fallen on tough times. Survey after survey reveals that this people of the Book rarely read it today.

While early Baptists in both the Old and the New World called for literate pastors, historical events conspired to create a call for “spiritual” rather than “educated” pastors—as though the two are mutually exclusive. The prolific literary enterprise of early Baptists, then, gave way over time to generations focused more on the spoken than the written word. Though Baptist theologians never gave up completely on writing books, the pace slowed to such a point that many have stereotyped the movement as filled with “illiterati.” Today, however, the trickle of books has grown into a torrent, and many are freshly reminded that Baptists are indeed a people of books.

Over the course of 2015, books by and about Baptists have flooded publishers. Here is a brief synopsis of four such volumes.


Anthony Chute, Nathan Finn, and Michael Haykin. The Baptist Story: From English Sect to Global Movement. Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2015. 368 pp. $49.99.


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