The Scottish Baptist Theological Society…

Posted on November 28, 2008


…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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