STRICT AND PARTICULAR - English Strict and Particular Baptists in the Nineteenth century

Kenneth Dix        Order a copy  

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Strict and ParticularThis 350 page book, which is the publication of Dr Kenneth Dix's doctoral thesis, includes illustrations, a complete list of all those churches which existed in 1900 and their situation in 2001 as far as is known.  Dix assesses the influential but non-Baptist William Huntington; traces the rise of the Gadsbyite Strict Baptist churches in the north of England; and the leadership of Philpot and Tiptaft in the Gospel Standard denomination He considers the Particular Baptist of Suffolk and Norfolk who developed a new Strict Baptist Association, co-operated in mission work at home, and supported Baptists in Germany and Tasmania. It analyses the London scene, the work of John Stevens, John Foreman and James Wells, together with C W Banks and The Earthen Vessel. The Gospel Standard churches and ministers of the Metropolitan Association, the Baptist Tract Society, and Strict Baptist attitudes to C H Spurgeon are all covered. Dix concludes with a survey of Strict Baptist work in the South-east and the Home counties, and his personal assessment of the period under consideration.

Commendations

Professor Dr Alan P F Sell, of Aberystwyth, writes:

Dr Dix is heartily to be congratulated upon a fine piece of work which the fruit... of a lifetime's independent study... It is difficult to think of anyone better placed to investigate nineteenth-century Strict and Particular Baptists, for Dr Dix has been instrumental in developing the Strict Baptist Library, and is currently Chairman and Secretary of the Strict Baptist Historical Society. His detailed knowledge of the records, literature and folk memories of this varied tradition has enable him to draw upon a wide range of sources... .Dr Dix though generally sympathetic to the cause, is able to offer searching, justified, adverse yet affectionate criticisms of aspects of his heritage. We thus have a balanced, thoroughly researched, book which makes an important contribution to our knowledge of its subject... Dr Dix fills a significant gap in nonconformist historiography.

John Briggs, Principal and Pro Vice Chancellor, The University of Birmingham, Westhill; Editor, The Baptist Quarterly, writes:

Baptists as a denomination must always be seen to represent a larger phenomenon than simply those who associate together in the life of the Baptist Union. This is why the Baptist Historical Society's publication of Dr Dix's careful, scholarly and irenic study of Strict Baptist developments study is of considerable importance. It traces those churches, especially in London, East Anglia and the Home Counties who stayed with their inherited Calvinism, unmoved by Fuller's solution to the modern' question. To them must be added congregations moved by new movements, particularly that engendered by the Calvinist preacher, William Huntington, though he himself was not a Baptist. In the north William Gadsby brought new life to the Manchester Church and to the more conservative Lancashire Baptists. However, the North Western Association, and what became the Manchester College, were also Strict Communionist, though operating within the fellowship of the Baptist Union and supporting the Baptist Missionary Society. Accordingly restriction of communion, on principles that Joseph Kinghorn so vigorously debated with Robert Hall, does not, on its own, signify breach of fellowship with those churches of more inclusive views on the terms of communion. This Gospel Standard form of Strict Baptist life was later fortified by direct secessions from the Church of England, primarily in the south of England. Many of these traditional Calvinists had scruples about the whole principle of formal association and this has made Dr Dix's task the more difficult, and consequently his volume the more valuable.

Revd Dr Roger Hayden, President of the Baptist Historical Society, writes:

The Society is delighted to publish this volume in conjunction with, and for, our sister Society. We acknowledge the significant support granted by the Particular Baptist Fund that since 1715 has supported the ministry and further education of all Baptists in the United Kingdom who hold the Particular Baptist understanding of the Gospel.


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350pp; 24 illustrations; hardback £12.00, ISBN 0 903166 32 1; paperback £6.00, ISBN 0 903166 31 3
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