We welcome the new editor, Dr. Curtis W. Freeman who shares our conviction that Baptist history matters both inside and outside the church. Dr. Freeman is Research Professor of Theology and Baptist Studies and Director of the Baptist House at Duke Divinity School. Dr. Deborah Bingham Van Broekhoven continues her service as managing editor.

We anticipate an accelerated schedule of publication, with more than four issues issued this year and next. Looking into the immediate future, readers can anticipate issues on a wide range of topics in Baptist history and life. Issues will include: the uses of Baptist history in preaching, essays from the 2011 Emerging Theologians Conference, Baptists and the shaping of American Culture, African American History Month materials, the Baptist Catholic Conversations, and many more. We apologize for the past delay in publication, and look forward to resuming our normal publishing schedule. Librarians and subscribers, look for new publications as soon as they are completed by our volunteer editors and writers!

American Baptist Quarterly is a publication that seeks to inquire in-depth into the nature of who we are as Baptists, especially those traditions that have come together in the member churches that are part of the fellowship of American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A.

Each issue contains articles, research and documentation to help the reader understand our heritage, our present resources and our future direction as Baptist Christians.  Upcoming issues include:

Vol. 33 No. 1 – Baptists and American Culture

Vol. 33 No. 2 – Adoniram Judson Gordon: American Baptist Pastor and Evangelical Leader

Vol. 33 No. 3 – Sam Sharpe and the Baptist War Against Slavery

Vol. 33 No. 4 –  The Pilgrim’s Progress and the Baptist Academy

The Quarterly is written for the average educated reader – lay or clergy – and includes footnotes and bibliography to suggest further reading. It is financed by reader subscriptions, individual and bulk sales, and contributions from the American Baptist Historical Society and the national boards of American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A.

  • Co Editors: Curtis Freeman and Laura Levens
  • Managing Editor: Deborah Van Broekhoven
  • Book Review Editor: William H. Brackney

Recent Issues

Spring 2014 West Virginia Baptists
Fall/Winter 2013 A Baptist Miscellany
Summer 2013 Resources for Black History
Spring 2013 The Judson Legacy at Two Hundred
Winter 2012 Baptist Identity and Ecclesial Transformation
Fall 2012 Baptist-Muslim Dialogue, Part II
Summer 2012 Baptist and the Spirit
Spring 2012 Baptists and Catholics Together: The Word of God in the Life of the Church
Fall / Winter 2011 Memory, Identity, and Hope: American Baptist Eclesiology
Spring / Summer 2011 Homiletics and History
Winter 2010 Why History Matters II: International Perspectives
Fall 2010 Why History Matters I: American Perspectives
Spring/Summer 2010 Baptists in India
Winter 2009 Exploring Ministry in Contexts of Cultural Transition in Baptist History
Fall 2009 Engaging Christian Faith and the Sciences
Summer 2009 American Baptists as Agents of Transformation
Spring 2009 Baptist-Muslim Dialogue


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What’s inside the American Baptist Quarterly?

Where We Have Been…

Sharing the record of Baptist life and thought in the past
… John Bunyan… Baptists and slavery… American Baptist and Black higher education… Baptist women in ministry… the emergence of fundamentalism among American Baptists… Japanese American internment… women in missionary service both overseas and in the United States… Baptist-Muslim Dialogue…

Where We Are Now…
Discussing current trends and issues in the life of American Baptists

… the quest for Christian unity… the small church… the contribution of Jitsuo Morikawa… the Baptist witness on human rights… contemporary mission in the wake of colonialism…

Where We Are Headed…
Stimulating thought on the future of Baptist Christians

… the partnership of men and women in the ministry of the church… the future of American Baptist Christian higher education… patterns of faith in a denominational family with diverse roots… Native American theology…

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