Sources of Light

Resources for Baptist Churches Practicing Theology

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Amy L. Chilton, Steven R. Harmon
Perspectives on Baptist Identities
  • Macon, GA: 
    Mercer University Press
    , May
     378 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Jason Oliver Evans forthcoming.


Baptist theologians Amy L. Chilton and Steven R. Harmon maintain that the congregational freedom cherished by Baptists makes it possible for their local churches to engage in a practice of theology informed by a full range of voices speaking from the whole church beyond the local church, past and present. In their coedited book SOURCES OF LIGHT, a diverse group of twenty-three Baptist theologians engage in a collaborative attempt to imagine how Baptist communities might draw on the resources of the whole church more intentionally in their congregational practice of theology. These resources include theologies that attend to the social locations of followers of Jesus Christ--not only in terms of ethnic and gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship status, and physical ability, but also in relation to the wider interreligious and ecological contexts of the contemporary church. They also include the church's efforts to bring its life together under the rule of Christ in its practices of confessing and teaching the faith, navigating moral disagreement, identifying saintly examples for living the Christian life, ordering its life as a worshiping community, and seeking more visible forms of Christian unity across the divisions of the church. This book commends listening deeply to these voices as an ecclesial practice through which the Spirit of God enlightens the church of Christ, whose rule draws the church into deeper participation in the life of the Triune God, forming the church for practices that offer the gift of Trinitarian communion to a fractured world. Contributors include: Amy L. Chilton, Noel Leo Erskine, Nora O. Lozano, Atola Longkumer, Mikeal N. Broadway, Courtney Pace, Susan M. Shaw, Khalia J. Williams, Cody J. Sanders, May May Latt, Jason D. Whitt, Raimundo C. Barretto, Jr., Rebecca Horner Shenton, Curtis W. Freeman, Kate Hanch, Rady Roldán-Figueroa, Stephen R. Holmes, Coleman Fannin, Myles Werntz, Derek C. Hatch, Philip E. Thompson, Jennifer W. Davidson, and Steven R. Harmon.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Amy L. Chilton is visiting assistant professor of religion at Wingate University in North Carolina and adjunct professor of theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. She is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches USA and past president of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, Region-at-Large.

Steven R. Harmon is professor of historical theology at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina. The author of four books, including BAPTIST IDENTITY AND THE ECUMENICAL FUTURE (2016), he is a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship-affiliated ordained Baptist minister and past president of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion.




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