My writing


My most recent book is Baptist Theology: An Introduction published by T&T Clark March 2012 (UK; a few weeks later in the USA)

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

Available from Amazon here.

My previous book was The Holy Trinity: Understanding God’s Life (Paternoster, 2012) (IVP USA will be producing an American edition in the next few months).

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.

Available from Amazon here.

Earlier books include: The Wondrous Cross; Listening to the Past; and God of Grace and God of Glory

Books I have edited or co-edited include: SCM Reader in Christian Doctrine; Walk this Way; What are we Waiting For?The Person of ChristThe Practice of TheologyPublic Theology in Cultural Engagement; and The Bible in Pastoral Practice.

A fairly complete list of my academic writing can be found here.

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