A couple of years back I published Baptist Theology: An Introduction (T&T Clark, 2012). This is an introductory volume which offers a history of Baptist theology, and my own constructive account of what the tradition ought to look like.
‘In exploring the Baptist tradition, Stephen Holmes offers an astonishing range of material packed into a relatively small space. He clarifies the difficult balance between individuality and life in community that Baptists have tried to maintain, and with an exceptional ease he integrates history with theology, offering many insightful theological judgements as he tells the story. In a masterful way he sets the development of a particular group within the wider movements of church, society and Christian thought, in a tour de force that should be read by all students of the Christian Church.’ – Paul S. Fiddes, Regent’s Park College, Oxford, UK
My previous book was The Holy Trinity: Understanding God’s Life(Paternoster, 2012) (available from Amazon here), published in the USA as The Quest for the Trinity: The Doctrine of God in Scripture, History, and Modernity (IVP USA, 2012) (Amazon). This is an account of the historical development of the doctrine of the Trinity, arguing that the late twentieth-century Trinitarian revival was in fact a failure.
It is rare to write something which can be both a textbook and a real intervention in a debate, but Steve Homes has pulled it off. As a textbook for serious students, this is superb, covering the history of the doctrine in a way that is fresh, illuminating, concise and intelligent. I wish we had had it sooner. As an intervention in the debate, it is deeply provocative, for it calls into question almost the whole of the so-called Trinitarian revival of the 20th and 21st centuries. Karen Kilby, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Nottingham.
Books I have edited or co-edited include: SCM Reader in Christian Doctrine (with Lindsey Hall and Murray Rae); Walk this Way: Forty Days on the Road with Jesus (with Russell Rook); What are we Waiting For? (with Russell Rook); The Person of Christ (with Murray Rae); The Practice of Theology (with Colin Gunton and Murray Rae); Public Theology in Cultural Engagement; and The Bible in Pastoral Practice (with Paul Ballard).