When I first began studying Baptist history in the 1980s, one of the things that became evident to me was a real need for the study of, at a popular level, Baptist origins. Where did Baptists come from? Do they trace their roots organically all the way back to the New Testament? To be sure, all Baptists strive to be New Testament people, but can you trace a lineage all the way back to the New Testament? Or do Baptists emerge at the time of the Reformation? Are their roots in the Reformations? Are they the same as the Anabaptists; or because they emerge in England, is the matrix of Baptist life in the Puritan movement?
Not having a resource at hand, I realized something could be written on this. And so it was I wrote the first edition of this book, Kiffen, Knollys, and Keach: Rediscovering Our English Baptist Heritage. That edition, which appeared in the early 1990s has been out of print for a while, and I was thrilled that H&E Publishing were willing to work with me on an expanded edition. We’ve added a chapter on John Norcott’s tract on Baptism, which deals with the mode of baptism, namely immersion. We’ve also added an appendix that deals with a classic of early Baptist spirituality: Thomas Wilcox’s, “A Drop of Honey from the Rock Christ.”
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