International Conference on Baptist Studies

More information about this Conference, which will be held in Melbourne in July, is now available.  For more information go here


Whitley College, Melbourne, Australia
15 – 18 July 2009

Following four successful International Conferences on Baptist
Studies at Oxford in 1997, Wake Forest in 2000, Prague in 2003 and
Acadia in 2006, there is to be a fifth at Whitley College, Melbourne,
Australia, from Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 July 2009.

On this
occasion we are glad that the conference will also be the biennial
meeting of the Australian Baptist Research Forum.  All the conferences
take Baptists as their subject matter, but are not restricted to
Baptists as speakers or attenders.

The theme this time is ‘Interfaces: Baptists and Others’,
which includes relations with other Christians, other faiths and other
movements.  What has been the Baptist experience of engaging with
different groups and developments?  The theme will be explored by means
of case studies, some of which will be very specific in time and place
while others will cover long periods and more than one country.

PROGRAMME

Wednesday 15 July
10.00 am – 1.00 pm    REGISTRATION
1.00 pm    Lunch (if requested in advance)
2.00 – 6.00 pm    REGISTRATION
6.00 pm    Dinner
7.30 pm    GREETINGS plus
EARLY BAPTISTS AND ANGLICANS
Ruth Gouldbourne
(Bloomsbury Baptist Church, London)
Episcope without Episcopacy: Baptists, Anglicans and Ecclesiastical Oversight in the Seventeenth Century

Thursday 16 July
7.30 am     Breakfast
9.00 am    WORSHIP
9.30 am    BAPTISTS AND ANABAPTISTS
Brian Brewer (Truett Seminary, Baylor University, Texas)
Free Church Sacramentalism: A Surprising Connection between Anabaptists and Baptists
10.45 am    Refreshment Break
11.15 am    SHORT PAPERS (A1) – to be finalised
    SHORT PAPERS (A2) – to be finalised
    SHORT PAPERS (A3) – to be finalised
1.00 pm    Lunch
2.00 pm    ENGLISH BAPTISTS AND EVANGELICAL ANGLICANS
Timothy Whelan (Georgia Southern University)
An Evangelical Anglican Interaction with Baptist Missionary Society Strategy: William Wilberforce and John Ryland, 1807-1824
3.15 pm    Refreshment Break – Free Time
4.15 pm    SHORT PAPERS (B1) – to be finalised
    SHORT PAPERS (B2) x 3 – to be finalised
    SHORT PAPERS (B3) x 3 – to be finalised
6.00 pm    Dinner
7.30 pm    AUSTRALIAN BAPTISTS AND THE STATE
Ken Manley (Whitley College, Melbourne)
Australian Baptists and the State: Partner or Peril?

Friday 17 July
7.30 am     Breakfast (residential attenders only)
9.00 am    WORSHIP
9.30 am    BAPTISTS AND INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS
Graham Paulson (Brisbane)
Baptists and Indigenous Australians
10.45 am    Refreshment Break
11.15 am    SHORT PAPERS (C1) x 3 – to be finalised
    SHORT PAPERS (C2) x 3 – to be finalised
    SHORT PAPERS (C3) x 3 – to be finalised
1.00 pm    LUNCH
2.00 pm    SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BAPTISTS AND OTHER DENOMINATIONS
John Walker (Global Interaction, Cambodia)
Baptists and Other Denominations in South Australia, 1836 to 1936
3.15 pm    Refreshment Break – Free Time
4.15 pm    SHORT PAPERS (D1) x 3 – to be finalised
    SHORT PAPERS (D2) x 3 – to be finalised
    SHORT PAPERS (D3) x 3 – to be finalised
6.00 pm    Dinner
7.30 pm    GLOBAL BAPTISTS AND THE WORLD
Geoff Treloar (University of New South Wales)
A Great Reversal? Baptists and the World, 1900-1940

Saturday 18 July
7.30 am     Breakfast (residential attenders only)
9.00 am    WORSHIP
9.30 am    WEST AFRICAN BAPTISTS AND NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS
Matthews A. Ojo (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria)
Baptists and New Christian Movements in West Africa
10.45 am    Refreshment Break
11.15 am    BAPTISTS AND OTHER FAITHS
Mark Lindsay (Melbourne College of Divinity)
Jesus beyond the Gates: Baptists and the Quest for Christ in Other Faiths during the Twentieth Century
1.00 pm    Lunch
2.00 pm    POSSIBLE COACH TOUR