Yesterday, I blogged about the new edition of Themelios. I’m delighted to serve on the editorial team for the journal. My responsibility is editing book reviews in the fields of church history and historical theology. I also frequently write my own reviews for the journal. In the summer 2012 edition, I contributed two book reviews.
The first review is of David Cohen and Michael Parsons edited volume Baptist 400: Exploring Baptist Futures (Pickwick, 2011). Most of the essays are written by Baptist scholars in Australia and New Zealand. In the conclusion of the review, I note:
Beyond 400 is one of the more stimulating volumes published in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of the Baptist tradition. North American Baptists, especially those of us in the South, frequently tend toward theological and historical myopia. Books like this help to remedy this situation as they allow us to engage the thought of Baptists who do not share our particular history and experiences on this side of the Atlantic. Scholars interested in the ongoing discussion about the nature of Baptist identity need to pay special heed to this volume.
The second brief review is of David Bebbington’s short but informative Victorian Nonconformity (Lutterworth, 2011). I hope you’ll read both reviews in their entirety and then take a look at the books themselves. Also, be sure to check out the other excellent reviews by scholars such as Ken Stewart, Peter Beck, John Wilsey, Bracey Hill, and Tommy Kidd.