Baptists and the Gospel in the Twentieth Century


Bebbington D (2021) Baptists and the Gospel in the Twentieth Century. Baptist Quarterly, 52 (1), pp. 2-20.

At the opening of the twentieth century Baptists were largely united in allegiance to a popular form of Free Church Evangelicalism. In the wake of the First World War, however, there was a tendency to theological polarisation, pitting liberals against conservatives. The outcome was a series of Fundamentalist controversies like those in the United States. Forces of moderation made for less contentious times in the middle years of the century, but new divisions broke out in the 1960s, culminating in a Christological debate in 1971-72. New developments in the late twentieth century created greater diversity in the denomination but also something of a common mind about the gospel.

Baptists; Gospel; twentieth century; Evangelicals; Fundamentalists

Baptist Quarterly: Volume 52, Issue 1

Publication date31/12/2021
Publication date online07/04/2020
Date accepted by journal07/04/2020