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News: A Significant Centenary

Posted on Friday, November 30, 2018

100 years ago, John Howard Shakespeare, who was then General Secretary of the Baptist Union, published his important book  The Churches At The CrossroadsHe challenged Baptists to rethink who they were, and, most significantly, how they related to others, asking them to reflect on the nature of the full Church of Christ.

Adrian Hastings commented that the book was ‘one of the most important books of twentieth century English Christianity because it sets out so clear the logic of the forthcoming ecumenical movement’ (A history of English Christianity 1920-2000 (SCM, 2001, p98))

As we mark 100 years since the publication of that ecumenical challenge – and as we continue to ask how we relate across denominational borders – here are some resources to help engage with the book, its impact and its legacy.

Keith Clements has written an article for the Baptist Times

JH Shakespeare and The Churches at the Cross-Roads (1918)

There are also articles in the Baptist Quarterly

JOHN HOW ARD SHAKESPEARE Prophet of Ecumenism by Michael Townsend

John Howard Shakespeare by his son, Geoffrey Shakespeare

and John Howard Shakespeare, 1857 .. 1928 An address delivered at a service in St. Mary’s Church, Norwich, to commemorate the centenary of his birth  by M E Aubrey.