The Spreading Flame: The Rise and Progress of Christianity from its First Beginnings to the Conversion of the English

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Towards Baptist Catholicity contends that the reconstruction of the Baptist vision requires a retrieval of the ancient ecumenical traditions. Themes explored include catholic identity tradition as a theological category the relationship between Baptist confessions of faith and the patristic tradition the importance of Trinitarian catholicity catholicity in biblical interpretation Karl Barth as a paradigm for evangelical retrieval of the patristic theological tradition worship as a principal bearer of tradition and the role of Baptist higher education in shaping the Christian vision.

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F.F. Bruce (1910--1990) was Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester, England. He wrote more than forty commentaries and other widely used books, including Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free, The Acts of the Apostles, The Gospel of John, and The Message of the New Testament. He served as general editor of The New International Commentary on the New Testament from 1962 to 1990.

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"This is the work of a most painstaking student and scholar well abreast of the latest historical research.... It shows abundant evidence of wide and careful study and gives us a concise and very readable account of the origins of the Christian Church, its chequered history, the heresies which challenged it, as well as the development of its worship, discipline and government.... It proves a valuable handbook for the theological student and for the ordinary keen Church member." The English Churchman

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