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Revd Dr Anthony R. Cross

Revd Dr Anthony R. Cross [nové okno]

Joined IBTS in: 2016

E-mail: jlarcross@aol.com

Dr Cross trained for the Baptist ministry at Bristol Baptist (1982–88) and South Wales (1986–88) Baptist Colleges and further postgraduate study at The International Baptist Theological Seminary, Rüschlikon, Zurich.

Dr Cross taught history and theology part-time at the Roehampton Institute London/University of Surrey Roehampton, and from 2000 to 2009 was a consultant editor with Paternoster, working on their six academic monograph series, Studies in Baptist History and Thought, and Studies in Evangelical History and Thought. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the Centre for Baptist History and Heritage, Regent’s Park College, Oxford, and was Director from 2009-2012. From 2010 to 2016 he was a Member of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oxford. Since October 2016 he has been an Adjunct Supervisor at IBTSC.

Dr Cross is an historical theologian whose research interests include baptism, particularly understood as a sacrament, the history and theology of Baptists, the place of theology in ministerial preparation, the nature of the ministry, the Free Church tradition, Evangelicalism, and issues of faith and history.

Publications include

Books

To communicate simply you must understand profoundly”: Preparation for Ministry among British Baptists (Didcot: The Baptist Historical Society, 2016).

Recovering the Evangelical Sacrament: Baptisma Semper Reformandum (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2013).

Co-author: On Being the Church: Revisioning Baptist Identity, with Brian Haymes and Ruth Gouldbourne (Studies in Baptist History and Thought, 21; Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2008).

Baptism and the Baptists: Theology and Practice in Twentieth-Century Britain (Paternoster Biblical and Theological Monographs/Studies in Baptist History and Thought, 3; Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2000). Reprinted: (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2017).

Forthcoming Books

‘Useful learning’: Theology – The Key to the Reception of the Evangelical Revival among British Particular Baptists in the Long Eighteenth Century (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2017).

The Tercentenary History of Bristol Baptist College (working title), with Ruth Gouldbourne, publisher under negotiation, publication in 2020.

Publications since 2010

‘The sacrament of baptism among the first Baptists’, in David G. Barker, Michael A.G. Haykin, and Barry H. Howson (eds), Ecclesia semper reformanda est: A Festschrift on Ecclesiology in Honour of Stanley K. Fowler on his Seventieth Birthday (Kitchener, ON: Joshua Press, 2016), pp. 189-211.

‘Baptism’, in Martin Davie, Tim Grass, Stephen R. Holmes, John McDowell and T.A. Noble (eds), New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic. Second Edition (IVP Reference Collection; London: Inter-Varsity Press, 2016), pp. 96-99.

Editor: Pathways and Patterns in History: Essays on Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Modern World in Honour of David Bebbington, with Peter J. Morden and Ian M. Randall (London: Spurgeon’s College/Didcot: The Baptist Historical Society, 2015).

‘The Early Bristol Tradition as a Seedbed for Evangelical Reception among British Baptists, c.1720–c.1770’, in Anthony R. Cross, Peter J. Morden, and Ian M. Randall (eds), Pathways and Patterns in History: Essays on Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Modern World in Honour of David Bebbington, with Peter J. Morden and Ian M. Randall (London: Spurgeon’s College/Didcot: The Baptist Historical Society, 2015), pp. 50-77.

‘Introduction’, with Ian M. Randall, and Peter J. Morden, in Anthony R. Cross, Peter J. Morden, and Ian M. Randall (eds), Pathways and Patterns in History: Essays on Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Modern World in Honour of David Bebbington, with Peter J. Morden and Ian M. Randall (London: Spurgeon’s College/Didcot: The Baptist Historical Society, 2015), pp. xiii-xxi

‘Baptists, Peace, and War: The Seventeenth-Century British Foundations’, in Gordon L. Heath and Michael A.G. Haykin (eds), Baptists and War: Essays on Baptists and Military Conflict, 1640s–1990s (McMaster General Studies Series, 5/Canadian Baptist Historical Society Series, 2; Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2015), pp. 1-30.

Editor: Freedom and the Powers: Perspectives from Baptist History Marking the 400th Anniversary of Thomas Helwys’ The Mystery of Iniquity, with John H.Y. Briggs (Didcot: The Baptist Historical Society, 2014).

‘“Faith-Baptism”: The Key to an Evangelical Baptismal Sacramentalism’, in Nigel G. Wright (ed.), Truth that Never Dies: The Dr. G.R. Beasley-Murray Memorial Lectures 2002–2012 (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2014), 19–42.

‘Preface: Freedom and the Powers: Perspectives from Baptist History Marking the 400th Anniversary of Thomas Helwys’ The Mystery of Iniquity’, in Anthony R. Cross and John H.Y. Briggs (eds), Freedom and the Powers: Perspectives from Baptist History Marking the 400th Anniversary of Thomas Helwys’ The Mystery of Iniquity (Didcot: The Baptist Historical Society, 2014), pp. ix-xiii.

‘Christ Jesus ... exalted ... farre aboue all principalities and powers’: Baptist attitudes to Monarchy, Country, and Magistracy, 1609–1644’, in Anthony R. Cross and John H.Y. Briggs (eds), Freedom and the Powers: Perspectives from Baptist History Marking the 400th Anniversary of Thomas Helwys’ The Mystery of Iniquity (Didcot: The Baptist Historical Society, 2014), pp. 3-22.

Editor: Grounded in Grace: Essays to Honour Ian M. Randall and Renew Evangelicalism, with Pieter J. Lalleman and Peter J. Morden (London: Spurgeon’s College and The Baptist Historical Society, 2013).

Sapientia Experimentalis: “Knowledge by experience” – Aspects of a Baptist Baptismal Spirituality’, in Pieter J. Lalleman, Peter J. Morden and Anthony R. Cross (eds), Grounded in Grace: Essays to Honour Ian M. Randall and Renew Evangelicalism (London: Spurgeon’s College and The Baptist Historical Society, 2013), pp. 235-259.

Editor: Baptists and the World: Renewing the Vision. Papers from the Baptist Historical Society Centenary Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, July 2008, with John H.Y. Briggs (Centre for Baptist History and Heritage Studies, 8; Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2011).

Editor: Questions of Identity: Studies in Honour of Brian Haymes, with Ruth Gouldbourne (Centre for Baptist History and Heritage Studies, 6; Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2011).

[Unattributed] ‘“A Preacher of Integrity”: Brian Haymes—A Brief Profile’, in Anthony R. Cross and Ruth Gouldbourne (eds), Questions of Identity: Studies in Honour of Brian Haymes (Centre for Baptist History and Heritage Studies, 6; Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2011), pp. xi-xxxv.

‘“Through a glass darkly”: The Further Light Clause in Baptist Thought’, in Anthony R. Cross and Ruth Gouldbourne (eds), Questions of Identity: Studies in Honour of Brian Haymes (Centre for Baptist History and Heritage Studies, 6; Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2011), pp. 92-118.

‘Baptism among Baptists’ and ‘Reflections from the Baptist Tradition’, in Gordon L. Heath and James D. Dvorak (eds), Baptism: Historical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspectives (McMaster Divinity College Press Theological Study Series, 4; Hamilton, ON: McMaster Divinity College Press/Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2011), pp. 136-155, 236-238.

‘Joachim of Fiore’, in Ian A. McFarland, David A.S. Fergusson, Karen Kilby and Iain R. Torrance (eds), The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 249-250.

Editor: Exploring Baptist Origins, with Nicholas J. Wood (Centre for Baptist History and Heritage Studies, 1; Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2010).

‘The Adoption of Believer’s Baptism and Baptist Beginnings’, in Anthony R. Cross and Nicholas J. Wood (eds), Exploring Baptist Origins (Centre for Baptist History and Heritage Studies, 1; Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2010), pp. 1-32.

‘Die Wiederentdeckung eines biblisch-theologisch begründeten sakramentalen Taufverständnisses im Baptismus’, Zeitschrift für Theologie und Gemeinde 15 (2010), pp. 240-265.

Forthcoming Publications

‘“Uſeful learning”: Theological Training and the Particular Baptist Revival in the Long Eighteenth Century’, in William Pitts (ed.), Baptists and Revivals: International Baptist Studies (Macon, GA Mercer University Press, forthcoming 2017).

 ‘“Solid learning … never an encumbrance”: C.H. Spurgeon and the Necessity of Theological Education’, Baptist Quarterly, forthcoming 2017.

‘The Seventeenth-Century Foundations of Baptist Attitudes to Violence and Peace’, Baptistic Theologies 9.2 (Autumn, 2017).

‘The Renewal of Theology, and a Theologically-Educated Ministry: Neglected Factors that Contributed towards the English Baptist Reception of the Evangelical Revival and the Origins of the Baptist Missionary Society’ (provisional title), Perichoresis (forthcoming), 2017–18.

‘Preparing for the Ministry, Then and Now’ (provisional title), Baptist Ministers’ Journal for a special issue on the theme of a theologically-educated ministry, exploring themes raised in A.R. Cross’ book, “To communicate simply you must understand profoundly”: Preparation for Ministry among British Baptists (2016).

‘Reversing “the amazing ignorance and ſtupidity of ſome perſons”: Baptists, the Biblical Languages, and Bible Translation’, Baptist Quarterly, forthcoming.



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