Philadelphia Baptist Tradition of Church and Church Authority an Ecumenical Analysis and Theological Interpretation

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Proposes that the Philadelphia Baptists recognized the divinely established authority of church councils over participating local churches in time of crisis, practiced a true delegation of authority and power, and had ecclesiological significance for Baptist belief and practice. Provides a thorough analysis of the tradition of church and church authority in the Philadelphia Baptist Association, a group which had great impact on the character and theology of all Baptist life in the Americas. Includes two historical chapters describing the British and American roots of the Association, traces the genealogy of the Philadelphia Baptist Confession of 1742 back to the Second London Confession of 1677 and 1689 and to earlier British sources, and contains thorough appendices and bibliography.


"The subtitle of this vast and sturdy work is more than ordinarily important, for this is not a local or regional church history, but a detailed ecclesiological study written with an eye to present-day ecumenical debate. . . . the sizeable nuggets of gold should not be overlooked. Neither should Sacks's perceptive and balanced adjudication of matters in hand which are introduced as appropriate throughout the work, and of which his conclusion is a good example. It is a model of tact and diplomacy." - Calvin Theological Journal

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