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“This is an outstanding overview of not only the history of the denomination, but the development of the ‘Baptist Distinctives’ that set Baptists apart from other evangelical denominations.” --Warren Kelly

“Mr. Torbet has done an excellent job detailing the often misunderstood history of the Baptists. His comments are supported by numerous references and sources so that the serious student may research his conclusions on their own. This is an excellent book for anybody searching for a credible Baptist history book without the modern leanings toward ecumenicalism.” --Mr. and Mrs. Kelly

“Mr. Torbet has done an excellent job detailing the often misunderstood history of the Baptists. His comments are supported by numerous references and sources so that the serious student may research his conclusions on their own. This is an excellent book for anybody searching for a credible Baptist history book without the modern leanings toward ecumenicalism.” --Mr. and Mrs. Kelly

About the Author

The late Robert George Torbet, a former seminary dean, professor, and historian, held degrees from Wheaton College, the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Seminary), and the University of Pennsylvania from which he earned a PhD. He was editor, department director, and board member of the American Baptist Board of Education and Publication (now Judson Press), and also served as president of the American Baptist Convention. Although Torbet produced several historical works, he is probably best known for A History of the Baptists.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 585 pages
  • Publisher: Judson Pr; 3 edition (October 1, 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817000747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817000745
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr. Torbet has done an excellent job detailing the often misunderstood history of the Baptists. His comments are supported by numerous references and sources so that the serious student may research his conclusions on their own. The history of Baptists, as shown by the author, did not begin in the Reformation, but their roots go back to the first Baptist baptizing in the Jordan River. Mr. Torbet traces the roots of the Baptists through the Montanists, Novatians, Paulicians, Anabaptists and others, who though not called Baptist by name, hold the same historical doctrinal beliefs as today's Baptists. This is an excellent book for anybody searching for a credible Baptist history book without the modern leanings toward ecumenicalism.
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First of all, I don't know what book the reviewer from South Carolina read. Torbet distances himself from so-called Baptist successionism in the very first chapter of the book. He traces the developement of the modern Baptist church to the Particular Baptists in England.
This is an outstanding overview of not only the history of the denomination, but the developement of the "Baptist Distinctives" that set Baptists apart from other evangelical denominations. There is a rich history behind the Baptist church -- it is unfortunate that the Trail of Blood advocates have clouded that heritage in questionable historiography.
If you want to know what the truth is behind the Baptist church's history, read this book -- not Carroll's fantasy work.
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Tolbert's book is comprehensive and does a good job of overviewing Baptist groups in Europe and North America. The book is dated and does not include any of the important developments among American (Northern) Baptists and Southern Baptists of the past 25 years.

Tolbert seems to write from a northern perspective and seems to view Southern Baptist history from a distance fueled by a distaste for the American South and a lack of understanding of the deep role Southern culture has among Southern Baptists.

Difficult to read and unnecessarily repetitious in his history, Tolbert's is still a standard in Baptist history. Though Leon McBeth's history is more readable, it is also much more liberal in its leanings and transparent in his opinions and perspectives, hurting the contribution in his monumental work. Thus, Tolbert remains the standard in Baptist history.
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