VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 3/31/16)—The current issue of American Baptist Quarterly (ABQ) entitled “John Bunyan and the Baptist Academy” features articles written by participants in the Young Scholars in the Baptist Academy which met in July, 2015 at Regent’s Park College in Oxford, England. During the conference each scholar spoke about his or her submitted article. Another participant of the conference then delivered a rigorous response to the submitted article, often continuing the line of inquiry into another field of study. Roundtable discussion from the interdisciplinary group of Baptist scholars then ensued about the essay and response, using Bunyan and The Pilgrim’s Progress as the common text. Both the essays and responses are included in this issue of the ABQ.
Illustrations for this issue are drawn from the rare book holdings of the American Baptist Historical Society. Upcoming issues of ABQ will cover the following topics: Sam Sharpe and Jamaican Baptists, A. J. Gordon, Baptists and Conscience, An Unexpected Wilderness, Baptists on Race, and Missions on the Old and New Frontier.
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