Baptist History and Principles

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
COURSE UNIT 448

UNIT DESCRIPTION

The historical developments which receive most attention in this unit are the early shaping of English Baptist life in the seventeenth century, including the influence of the currents of the Reformation; the different stories of General and Particular Baptists; Baptist mission and growth; the effects of the eighteenth-century Evangelical Revival on General and Particular Baptists; overseas mission by Baptists; the formation of the Baptist Union in the nineteenth century; organised home mission and church planting, especially in England; nineteenth-century theological tensions and the role of theological education; the shaping and re-shaping of the Baptist Union in the twentieth century; the challenges to Baptist life of ecumenism and of the Pentecostal and charismatic streams in Britain. The implications of these developments for today will be examined. Principles which shape Baptist identity will be drawn from the studies of Baptist life. Particular attention will be given to issues relating to the nature of the local and wider church in Baptist thought, the understandings of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, approaches to worship, ministry and mission, and questions about the relationship of Baptists to other Christian traditions and to the state.

Aims

To understand historical developments in Baptist life and to use this to evaluate Baptist thought and practices today.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

CATEGORY OF OUTCOMEBY THE END OF THIS UNIT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Knowledge and understanding
  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the development of Baptist churches since the seventeenth century, and of Baptist principles
Intellectual skills
  • use an historical perspective to illuminate and evaluate contemporary debates about Baptist identity
Practical and transferable skills; personal qualities
  • relate the way in which Baptists have attempted to work out a coherent framework of faith and life to issues facing Baptists and others in their worship and witness today

Assessment:

ASSESSMENT TASK:LENGTH:WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Formative:
  • A classroom presentation

30 minutes

n/a
Summative:
  • Two essays

3000 words each

50% each
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Baptist History and Principles

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
Course Unit 448

Credits:

30

Level:

7

Hours of Learning:

300

Tutor:

Dr Nigel G. Wright or Dr Peter J. Morden

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