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Title: Tradition and the Baptist Academy
Author: Ward, Roger A Philip E. Thompson (eds)
Publisher: Wipf and Stock; Publication Date: 2011
Paperback; ISBN: 9781842773272
Volumes: 1; Pages: 244
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'Tradition' is not just a set of items of belief handed down, but is the very act of transmission, or 'traditioning'. Traditions are 'socially embodied, enduring practices' of living persons. Combining Alasdair MacIntyre's notion of practice and Baptist theologian James McClendon's understanding of religious practices, which are oriented towards a goal or 'shared vision', this book explores tradition as a complex set of enduring, but not changeless, practices that characterize the community and its expectations for the future. Traditions are not cold deposits of doctrine, but living forces. So knowing a tradition is a matter of knowing how to indwell the tradition, gaining the skill of participating in it. These essays engage Aquinas, Barth, Yoder, aesthetics, baptism, and church history as venues for active participation by Baptists in the tradition of the church. This volume is the fruit of a meeting of the 'Young Scholars in the Baptist Academy' that explore some ways Baptist Christians live in the transmission of tradition and Gospel practice from our place in the Academy.