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The Life and Writings of Thomas Helwys (Early English Baptist Texts) Hardcover – September 1, 2009


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  • Series: Early English Baptist Texts
  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881461466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881461466
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Joe Early Jr., is an assistant professor of Religion at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky. He is the author of A Texas Baptist History Sourcebook, A Handbook of Texas Baptist, A Student's Guide to the New Testament, A Student's Guide to the Old Testament, The Building of a Church, A Texas Baptist Power Struggle: The Hayden Controversy, and Readings in Baptist History. He also has many published articles in scholarly journals and presented papers at several historical societies.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matt on December 24, 2012
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Through history, Christians have followed and taught God's Word faithfully in their various contexts. While some are more familiar than others, countless stories remain yet untold. One such example is the sixteenth-seventeenth century, General Baptist, Thomas Helwys.

Many Baptists know very little, if anything, about Helwys, despite his significant contributions to their heritage. Among his contributions are religious liberty, general atonment, and believer's baptism. To illuminate this heritage, Mercer University Press has released a much-needed volume about Helwys and his teachings, entitled The Life and Writings of Thomas Helwys. In this essay, we will offer an overview of the text.

Thomas Helwys: His Life

Written by volume editor Joseph Early, Jr., section one offers a history of Helwys. This account begins with the English Reformation and establishment of the Church of England. Although Anglicanism represented a clean break from Roman Catholicism, still some Protestants did not believe that the church had reformed itself enough. This group, known as Puritans, hoped to "purify" the church by introducing further reform. Within this group developed yet another group, known as the Separatists; they believed that the church was beyond reform, and concluded it necessary to "separate" permanently from the church. It is within this context that Helwys lived and ministered.
The son of Edmund and Margaret Helwys, Thomas Helwys (c. 1575-1616) was born into wealth family in England. When his father died, Helwys inherited the family estate, Broxtowe Hall. To learn to manage the estate, he began studying law at Gray's Inn in London (1593). Though a faithful Anglican, it was during this period that he was introduced to Puritanism and Separatism.
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