The Scottish Baptist Theological Society…

Posted on November 28, 2008

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…was launched last night. Andrew Rollinson has made this happen, for which we are very grateful. The intention is to meet three times each year, in Glasgow, Edinburgh, & ‘one other’ (I’m guessing it won’t be Kirkwall very often …), with the centrepiece of each meeting being a lecture from one of the members or an invited guest.

The Society is founded on four core values:

* A desire to explore Christian truth with integrity and honesty

*A commitment to having a particular focus on renewing Baptist identity in a Scottish context

*A freedom to debate, doubt and disagree without our unity in Christ ever being questioned

*A willingness wherever possible to attend, prepare for and contribute to each debate

I had the enormous honour of giving the first paper, and explored some aspects of a (British) Baptist doctrine of Scripture. In (many of) our seventeenth-century confessions, and in our current Declarations of Principle (both BUS and BUGB), the doctrine of Scripture is located under Christology. This struck me as interesting, and I tried to explore a little of what it might mean. It was good to see some old friends, and to meet some new ones. Driving through the middle of Glasgow at rush-hour in the snow was less good, but worth it for what followed.

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