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?

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5 in 10: Fr. Lee Nelson

This morning the fellows had the chance to discuss a great book by Baylor professor, and Brazos Fellows guest instructor, Alan Jacobs: The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography. Dr. Jacobs traces the creation and evolution of the book which centers Anglican worship, and, indeed, Anglican theology. Our discussion was led by Fr. Lee Nelson, rector of Christ Church Waco, who helped us understand the remarkable vision of English Reformer Thomas Cranmer. For Cranmer, the aim of the prayer book was that as the whole church participated in the liturgy and prayed the daily office, we would be transformed by Christ.

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