While Baptists through the years have been certain that “war is hell”, they have not always been able to agree on how to respond to it. This book traces much of this troubled relationship from the days of Baptist origins with close ties to pacifist Anabaptists to the responses of Baptists in America to the Vietnam War. Essays also include discussions of the English Baptist Andrew Fuller's response to the threat of Napoleon, how Baptists in America dealt with the War of 1812, the support of Canadian Baptists for Britain's war in Sudan and Abyssinia in the 1880s, the decisive effect of the First World War on Canada's T.T. Shields, the response of Australian Baptists to the Second World War, and how Russian Baptists dealt with the Cold War. These chapters provide important analyses of Baptist reactions to various manifestations of one of society's most intractable problems. Gordon L. Heath is Associate Professor of Christian History at McMaster Divinity College, the Director of the Canadian Baptist Archives, and Centenary Chair in World Christianity. His publications include A “War with a Silver Lining: Canadian Protestant Churches and the South African War, 1899-1902” (2009) and, as editor, “Canadian Churches and the First World War” (The Lutterworth Press, 2014). Michael A.G. Haykin is Professor of Church History at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville. He is the author of a number of books dealing with Patristic and Baptist studies. “Conflict challenges the Christian conscience, fostering divergent responses. Hence Baptists have commonly sought peace, sometimes to the extent of condemning war outright, but equally they have often believed that justice required the taking up of arms, even with enthusiasm. The detailed and penetrating international studies contained in this book illuminate contrasting attitudes over the centuries, showing how war has put Baptists to the test, spiritually as well as materially.” David Bebbington, Professor of History, University of Stirling. “This work explores the theme in different time periods and, using a number of individuals as case studies, opens the past so the reader can reflect on the present. The volume is an important contribution to both Baptist studies and the Christian approach to war and peace.” Robert Wilson, Professor of Church History, Acadia Divinity College, Canada.
Number of Pages: 246 Format(s): Paperback - ISBN: 9780718894085 Publication Date:30/07/2015 Listed in:General, Christian theology Publisher:The Lutterworth Press