The Anabaptist Story
The Anabaptist Story
by Stanley A. Nelson
This material comprises the first of four parts in Dr. Nelson's A Believers' Church Theology which was first published by Herb Drake in 1994 for use in Prof. Nelson's Systematic Theology classes at Golden Gate Seminary. The revised edition was published in 1996, Herb Drake and Matthew Wysocki editors. Those who find Dr. Nelson's presentation of Christian theology helpful may want to consider purchasing the entire book, which may be found on the Book Recommendations page.
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Dr. Nelson is Senior Professor of Theology at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley, California. He joined the faculty of Golden Gate in 1984. Dr. Nelson received his training at Southwestern Baptist Seminary, Union Seminary, the University of Nigeria-Ibadan, and Oxford University.
While Dr. Nelson originally taught Systematic Theology in the classical manner, in 1989 he began a new approach that he calls "embedded theology." Rather than introducing the student to theological concepts as if they were philosophical ideas, Dr. Nelson helps the student "feel" the development of each doctrine as it emerged from the historical conflict that is the heritage of Baptists and others of the believers' church [that is, "house church"] persuasion.
Before joining the faculty at Golden Gate, Dr. Nelson had labored over thirty years in Christian service, split about evenly between foreign missions and the pastorate. These experiences have equipped him to present his subject more as a humble witness to the Christian walk than as a synthesis of theological concepts, and the reader will find many illustrations taken from his years of service. The notes are truly humble, and sometimes very personal, as Dr. Nelson strives to help the student understand the historical and inductive mind-set of the biblical authors.
While intended primarily as a study aid for the new theology student, this work goes beyond mere "study notes." Pastors and teachers who have learned their theology within the traditional model will find a fresh and exciting perspective in Dr. Nelson's presentation.