There is a nice posting about Early Evangelicalism: A Reader on the Andrew Fuller Center blog by Dustin Bruce, a PhD student at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In his posting entitled, "Understanding Ourselves Through Understanding Our Past: Two Recent Publications," Bruce recommends Timothy George's Theology of the Reformers and my edited volume.
Below is Bruce's posting:
Despite what it may seem, your local Baptist church didn’t appear out
of thin air. It falls within a long line of Christian history, much of
which has shaped the way you understand your Bible and gather as a
church, in ways that are hard to overestimate.
Baptists have been shaped by a number of individuals, institutions,
and movements. Of the many, perhaps no movements have shaped us so much
as the 16th century Reformation and the 18th century revivals that formed early Evangelicalism.
If you would like to know more about these movements, I recommend two recent publications.
First, the recent appearance of the 25th Anniversary Edition of Timothy George’s Theology of the Reformers marks
the revising and republication of a treatise that serves as a great
introduction to the key leaders and theological contributions of the
Reformation. If you want to know more about the 16th century
Reformation, I heartily recommend this volume. Read it and you may be
surprised how much you learn about why you do the things you do.
Second, the publication of Early Evangelicalism: A Reader, edited by Jonathan M. Yeager,
comes as a great service to those interested in exploring the roots of
the Evangelical movement. This work features a short introductory piece
on over 60 persons of key influence, followed by a sampling of their
work. This book also comes highly recommended as a helpful guide to
exploring the roots of the larger movement of which we are a part.
I don’t believe it to be a stretch to say that you can’t understand yourself as a 21st
century Baptist (or Evangelical) without understanding these two key
movements. Whether you know little or much about these movements, these
two volumes will undoubtedly be of service to you.
Pick up and read!
After thanking Bruce for his kind posting, he informed me that Michael Haykin is currently leading his PhD students through Early Evangelicalism: A Reader.
I am very grateful to Dr. Haykin as well as professors at Biola, Duke Divinity School, Regent College, Liberty University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Wheaton College for expressing interest in using the anthology in future courses. I truly hope that the book proves to be useful.