Thinking With the Church

Toward a Renewal of Baptist Theology

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Derek C. Hatch
Free Church, Catholic Tradition
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Cascade Books
    , December
     210 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Over the centuries, Baptists have labored to follow Christ in faithful devotion and service. More recently, they have occasionally partnered with fellow Christians from other traditions in these efforts while learning from each other along the way. In Thinking With the Church, Derek Hatch argues that Baptists need to follow the same pattern when it comes to their theological reflection, engaging the wisdom of all Christian pilgrims across time. This will require a new theological method—ressourcement—that embraces Baptists’ place within the Great Tradition of the Christian faith. Such work will not abandon long-held Baptist convictions but offers resources for renewing Baptists’ theological vision as they participate in the fullness of the mystical body of Christ.

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

Derek C. Hatch is Associate Professor of Christian Studies at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. He is the coeditor of Gathering Together: Baptists at Work in Worship (2013) and Weaving the American Catholic Tapestry: Essays in Honor of William L. Portier (2017).