5 in 10: Dr. David Bebbington

Today the Brazos Fellows had a great treat, as we were visited by guest instructor Dr. David Bebbington. Dr. Bebbington just retired after 43 years of teaching as Professor of History at the University of Stirling in Scotland, but continues as distinguished Visiting Professor of History at Baylor University. He is widely considered the leading historical expert on the modern evangelical movement, and his 1989 book, Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s, continues to be one of the most influential works in religious history. This morning, Dr. Bebbington invited the fellows to consider a question of great historical and theological interest: how do evangelicals relate to the early church?


Dr. Bebbington and also sat down for “Five Questions in Ten Minutes”–which, given the richness of our conversation, unsurprisingly went a little longer than usual. Among other topics, we discussed his “Four Doctors,” the thinkers who most profoundly shape his own work, his vote between BBQ and Tex-Mex, the book he’s looking forward to reading next, and the year that “good music” stopped being made. You can listen to our conversation here:

Here are links to various items we talked about: