Baptist identity into the 21st century

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Whitley College is delighted to announce the publication of Baptist identity into the 21st century.

We may live in a ‘post-denominational’ era in the Western world, possibly even a post-Christian era, and it is in this context that this book considers the nature of Baptist identity. What does it mean in the 21st century to be a ‘Baptist’ community? What aspects from Baptist history will shape Baptist churches in their present time and place, and what might be carried forward into the future?

These are the issues that have inspired this collection of essays by scholars and thinkers from around the world, offered to honour Australia’s foremost historian of the Baptist movement, Rev. Dr Ken Manley.

As a scholar, pastor, preacher and teacher, Ken Manley invites others into his learning so that they too might be stimulated, encouraged and guided by the lessons he has derived from his study of history to offer a vision of Baptist identity into the future. Baptist identity into the 21st century contains a detailed biography of Ken Manley, plus 20 essays covering 8 themes, including:

  • Baptist identity – Brian Haymes
  • Lessons from history – John H. Y. Briggs
  • Reading the Bible – Mark Brett
  • Women in ministry – Merrill Kitchen
  • Preaching – Graeme Garrett
  • Baptists on the world stage – Neville Callam
  • Theological education – Paul S. Fiddes, Thorwald Lorenzen
  • Mission in the Australian context – Ross Clifford, Tim Costello

The book is available from the Whitley College Theological Office for $25, plus packaging and postage. Order your copy now. Contact the registrar (Dorothy Morgan) on 03 9340 8100, or at