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Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches by John S. Hammett
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Excellent book.

Well-written. Well-researched. Thoughtful. Generally fair to alternative positions.

One of its best strengths -- thoroughly Biblical. He engages in critical exegetical and synthetical (or: systematizing) examination of scripture.

Main complaint (and I say this as one who adheres to Baptist distinctives) -- I think he overestimates the clarity of scripture's testimony to what we call "congregationalism" today, especially in his engagement with what is called "elder rule" polity. Furthermore, I think his actual case for congregationalism is weak. A better case can and should be made than the one he offers.

But, to avoid ending on a negative note -- a solid book I will definitely recommend to others in the future.
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February 1, 2016 – Started Reading
February 1, 2016 – Shelved
March 7, 2016 – Finished Reading

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