ICOBS VIII Tentative Programme


*Please note that this schedule is tentative and is subject to change*

International Conference on Baptist Studies VIII


Baptists, Gospel and Culture


Baylor University

Waco, Texas

18-21 July 2018


Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Religion, the Baptist Studies Center for Research, the Institute for the Study of Religion, and George W. Truett Theological Seminary




All main papers and worship are in Miller Chapel in the Tidwell Bible Building.

All refreshments are located in foyer and Tidwell 402.


Wednesday 18 July


3:30 – 6.00 p.m.                      Registration, Brooks Residential College

6.00 p.m.                                 Dinner, Penland Crossroads

7.30 p.m.                                 Greetings  

Main Paper I

Curtis Freeman (Baptist House of Studies, Duke Divinity School, North Carolina):

                Roger Williams on the Liberty and Limits of Conscience



Thursday 19 July

From 7.30 a.m.                       Breakfast, Brooks Great Hall

9.00 a.m.                                 Worship

9.30 a.m.                                 Main Paper II

Melody Maxwell (Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia):

             Saving ‘Primitive’ Peoples: Southern Baptists’ Mission to the Yoruba, 1875-1905​


10.45 a.m.                               Refreshments


11.15 a.m.                               Short Papers I          


Panel A           Baptist Mission in North America                                      Room 101

Terry Carter (Ouachita Baptist University):

            Baptists and American Nativism, 1830-1860

George Hancock-Stefan (Palmer Theological Seminary, Eastern University, Philadelphia)

            The Gospel and the City: Four Baptist Churches in Twentieth-Century New York

France A. Davis (Calvary Baptist Church, Salt Lake City, Utah):

            Black Baptist Witness and Mormon Culture in Utah, 1892-2000


Panel B           Baptists Abroad                                                                    Room 201

Valdis Teraudkalns (University of Latvia)

Against the Tide: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Baptists in Latvia as Part of an Evangelical Sub-Culture

Ros Gooden (Adelaide, Australia):

          Zenana Missionaries and Cultural Constraints in Colonial Bengal, 1880s-1930s

Wado Kawthoolei (Kawthoolei Karen Baptist Churches, Thai Myanmar):

           The American Baptist Mission in Burma


1.00 p.m.                                 Lunch, Penland Crossroads


2.15 p.m.                                 Main Paper III

Robert Pope (Westminster College, Cambridge):

         Baptists and their Cultural Setting in Early Nineteenth-Century Wales


3.30 p.m.                                 Refreshments


4.00 p.m.                                 Main Paper IV

Malkhaz Songulashvili (Ilia State University, Georgia):

         Baptists in Georgia and Orthodox Culture, 1944-2004


6.00 p.m.                                 Dinner, Penland Crossroads


7.30 p.m.                                 Main Paper V

Paul Harvey (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs):

              Southern Baptists and Southern Culture, Secession through Civil Rights


Friday 20 July


From 7.30 a.m.                        Breakfast, Brooks Great Hall

9.00 a.m.                                 Worship

9.30 a.m.                                 Main Paper VI

Ivan Dias (Seminário Teológico Batista Sul Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro):

        Baptist Warriors who Changed the World: Latin America, the Moral Majority and

         Reagan’s Foreign Policy


10.45 a.m.                               Refreshments


11.15 a.m.                               Short Papers II


Panel C           The Christian Mind in America                                          Room 101

Bill Pitts (Baylor University):

           The Quest for a Christian America: Rauschenbusch’s Social Thought

Sam Kelley (Baylor University):

A Baptist at Yale: Kenneth Scott Latourette, Faith and the Culture of the American Academy, 1921-1953

Nathan A. Finn (North Greenville University, South Carolina):

Evangelical by Conviction, Baptist by Conviction: David Dockery’s Vision for Southern Baptist Higher Education


Panel D           Baptists Abroad                                                                    Room 201

Narola Imchen (Eastern Theological College, Rajabari, Jorhat, Assam, India):

            Women in Ao Naga Society: The Nineteenth-Century Missionary Evaluation by

             Mary Mead Clark

Constantine Prokhorov (Novosibirsk Baptist Seminary, Russia) (in absentia):

The ‘Monastic Way’ of Russian Baptists and Eastern Orthodox Culture, 1960 – 1990


Panel E           Baptists in Latin America                                                    Room 301

Rubí Barocio Castells (Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City):

            Baptist Culture and Political Culture in Late Nineteenth-Century Mexico

Kathleen McIntyre (Clarion University of Pennsylvania):

            Baptist Women in the Zapotec Communities of Mexico, 1920 to the Present


1.00 p.m.                                 Lunch, Penland Crossroads


2.15 p.m.                                 Main Paper VII

Marina Wang (Divinity School of Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong):

    ‘More Christian, More Chinese, and More Efficient’: Herman Liu and the

     University of Shanghai (1928-1938)


3.30 p.m.                                 Refreshments


4.00 p.m.                                 Short Papers III


Panel F           Women and Baptist Life in the United States                    Room 101

Nicholas T. Pruitt (Eastern Nazarene College):

Offering Friendliness to the Foreigner: Baptist Women, American Culture and Home Missions to Immigrants, 1924-1965

Adina Kelley (Baylor University):    

            The ‘Noblest Career of All’: Housekeeping and the Ideal of Southern Baptist 

            Domesticity, 1945-c. 1960

T. Laine Scales (Baylor University) (in absentia):

            For the Sake of the Gospel: Theological Education for Women at The Southern

            Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, 1902-2002


Panel G          Baptists in Britain and Australia                                         Room 201                  

David Mark Rathel (University of St Andrews):

Baptist Theology in the Age of Enlightenment: Contextualising the Soteriological Proposals of John Gill and Andrew Fuller

Brian Talbot (Broughty Ferry Baptist Church, Scotland):

           Scottish Baptists and Temperance, 1829-1929                     

Graeme Chatfield (Australian College of Theology, Sydney, Australia):

            The Foundations of New South Wales Baptist Identity: The Attempted

            Assassination of Prince Alfred Duke of Edinburgh in 1868


5.45 p.m.                                 Free time

6:45 pm                                   Shuttle from Brooks begins

7.30 p.m.                                 Conference Dinner, Baylor Club, McLane Stadium


Saturday 21 July


From 7.30 a.m.                        Breakfast, Brooks Great Hall


9.00 a.m.                                 Worship


9.30 a.m.                                 Main Paper VIII

John Tucker (Carey Baptist College, New Zealand):

Baptists, Gospel and Race in New Zealand


10.45 a.m.                               Refreshment Break


11.15 a.m.                               Short Papers IV


Panel H           The Challenges of Baptist Mission                                      Room 101

Abraham O. Adebo (University of Ibadan, Nigeria):

Between Biblical Ideals and the Realities of Life: The Problem of Polygamy in the Nigerian Baptist Convention

Stanley Fowler (Heritage College and Seminary, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada):

Evangelical Baptists and Evangelical Feminism: A Canadian Case Study, 2000-2004

Jake Raabe (Truett Seminary, Baylor University):

Baptists in the United States and the New Media: Technology and Evangelism in the Twentieth Century


Panel I            Culture as Friend and Foe of the Gospel                           Room 201

Stuart Sheehan (Aberdeen University):

The Big Shift in the Early Twentieth Century: When God Became a Minority Object of Corporate Worship among Southern Baptists

Daniel Spillman (Oklahoma Baptist University):

            The Feuding Disciples of J. Frank Norris: Shotguns, Sermons, and Schismatic

            Baptists in Arkansas, 1932-1934

Jeff Straub (Central Baptist Theological Seminary):

Baptists as Culture Warriors: T. T. Shields and His Opposition to a Worldly Congregation


1.00 p.m.                                 Lunch, Penland Crossroads


2.00 p.m.                                 Optional Visit to Texas Baptist Historical Collection and

First Baptist Church, Waco