Baptist Studies – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

The following books and articles on Baptist and Free Church Studies are some of those appearing on the Comprehensive Reading List for PhD Students at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

General Resources

The Hebrew Old Testament

The Greek New Testament

Cross, F.L., ed. The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

Primary Sources

Boyce, James Petigru. Abstract of Systematic Theology. Baltimore: H. M. Wharton, 1887.

Carey, William. An Enquiry Into The Obligations Of Christians To Use Means For The Conversion Of The Heathens (1692). Modern editions available.

Clarke, John. Ill Newes From New-England. Reprint. Baptist Standard Bearer, 2004.

Carroll, B.H. Baptists and Their Doctrines. Edited by Timothy and Denise George. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1995.

Dagg, John L. Manual of Theology. New Edition. Harrisonburg, VA: Gano Books, 1990.

Dever, Mark, ed.Polity; Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life (A Collection of Historic Baptist Documents). Washington, D.C.: Center for Church Reform, 2001.

Fuller, Andrew. The Gospel worthy of all acceptation, or, The duty of sinners to believe in Jesus Christ. American Doctrinal Tract Society, 1837. Modern editions available.

Graves, James R. Old Landmarkism: What is it? Second Edition. Reprint. Texarkana, TX: Bogard Press, 1998.

Harper, L. Keith. Send the Light: Lotti
e Moon’s Letters and Other Writings
. Macon: Mercer University Press, 2003.

Helwys, Thomas. A Short Declaration of the Mystery of Iniquity. Edited by Richard Groves. Macon: Mercer University Press, 1998.

Henry, Carl F.H. The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism. Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 1947.

Hiscox, Edward T. The Baptist Church Directory: A Guide to the Doctrines and Discipline, Officers and Ordinances, Principles and Practices of Baptist Churches. Philadelphia: American Baptist Publication Society, 1894.

Hubmaier, Balthasar. Balthasar Hubmaier, Theologian of Anabaptism. Translated and edited by H. Wayne Pipkin and John H. Yoder. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1989.

Klaassen, Walter. Anabaptism in Outline. Scottsdale: Herald Press, 1981.

Lumpkin William L., ed. Baptist Confessions of Faith. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1959. Newer additions available.

McBeth, Leon. A A Sourcebook for Baptist Heritage. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1990

Moody, Dale. The Word of Truth: A Summary of Christian Doctrine Based on Biblical Revelation. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1981.

Mullins, E.Y. The Axioms of Religion. Compiled by R. Albert Mohler. Edited by Timothy and Denise George. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1997.

Pendleton, James Madison. Baptist Church Manual. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1966.

Pressler, Paul. A Hill on Which to Die: One Southern Baptist’s Journey. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2002.

Rauschenbusch, Walter. A Theology for the Social Gospel. New York: Macmillan, 1917.

Strong, A.H. Systematic Theology. Philadelphia: Judson Press, 1909.

Wayland, Francis. Notes on the Principles & Practices of Baptist Churches. New York: Sheldon & Co., 1857.

Williams, Roger. The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution for Cause of Conscience Discussed. Edited by Richard Groves. Macon: Mercer University Press, 2002.

Secondary Sources

Brackney, William H. A Genetic History Of Baptist Thought: With Special Reference To Baptists In Britain And North America. Macon: Mercer University Press, 2004.

Bush, L. Russ, and Thomas Nettles. Baptists and the Bible. Revised and Expanded. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1999.

Durnbaugh, Donald F. The Believers’ Church: The History and Character of Radical Protestantism. Scottdale: Herald Press, 1968.

Estep, William R. The Anabaptist Story: An Introduction to Sixteenth-Century Anabaptism. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996.

George, Timothy and David S. Dockery, eds. Theologians of the Baptist Tradition. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2001.

Hammett, John. Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches: A Contemporary Ecclesiology .

Hankins, Barry. Uneasy in Babylon: Southern Baptist Conservatives and American Culture. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2002.

Lee, Jason K. The Theology of John Smyth: Puritan, Separatist, Baptist, Mennonite. Macon: Mercer University Press, 2003.

Leonard, Bill J. Baptist Ways: A History. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 2003.

McBeth, H. Leon. The Baptist Heritage/Four Centuries of Baptist Witness. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1987.

Norman, Stan. More Than Just a Name: Preserving Our Baptist Identity. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2001.

Patterson, Paige. Anatomy of a Reformation: The Southern Baptist Convention 1978–2004. Fort Worth: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2004.

Sutton, Jerry. The Baptist Reformation: The Conservative Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2000.

Torbet, Robert G.. History of the Baptists. 3rd ed. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1963.

Vedder, Henry C. A Short History of the Baptists. Philadelphia: American Baptist Publication Society, 1891.

Verduin, Leonard. The Reformers and Their Stepchildren. Sarasota, FL: Christian Hymnary Publishers, 2000.

White, B.R. English Separatist Tradition from the Marian Martyrs to the Pilgrim Fathers. London: Oxford University Press, 1971.

Williams, George Huntston. The Radical Reformation. Third Edition. Kirksville, MO: Sixteenth Century Journal Publishers, 1992.


Garrett, James Leo. “Restitution and Dissent among Early English Baptists: Part 1.” Baptist History and Heritage 12 (October 1977): 198-210, 251.

_______. “Restitution and Dissent among Early English Baptists: Part 2.” Baptist History and Heritage 13 (April 1978): 11-27.

Moore, LeRoy. “Crazy Quilt: Southern Baptist Patterns of the Church,” Foundations 20 (1977): 12–35.

White, B.R. “The Doctr
ine of the Church in the Particular Baptist Confession of 1644,” Journal of Theological Studies, New Series, 19 (October 1968): 570-590.

Yarnell, Malcolm. “Changing Baptist Concepts of Royal Priesthood,” in The Rise of the Laity in Evangelical Protestantism. Edited by Deryck W. Lovegrove. London and New York: Routledge, 2002. Pp. 236-252.

_______. “Are Southern Baptists Evangelicals?” Ecclesiology 2 (2005): 195-212.