23492913The Baptist Story: From English Sect to Global Movementby Anthony L. Chute, Nathan A. Finn, and Michael A. G. Haykin is a landmark textbook on the history of the Baptist movement. Chute, Finn, and Haykin guide the reader through roughly four hundred years of Baptist history characterized by three key interrelated themes: “promoting liberty of conscience, following Christ’s will in our individual lives and churches, and proclaiming the gospel everywhere” (p. 344). Still, Chute, Finn, and Haykin are well aware that Baptists haven’t always lived up to these ideals, and to the benefit of the reader, the authors aren’t afraid of being transparent along the way.

The Baptist Story is divided into four major sections: (1) Baptists in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, (2) Baptists in the Nineteenth Century, (3) Baptists in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, and (4) Baptist Beliefs. The majority of the book is devoted to…

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