Our 2013 George Rawlyk Lectures were focused on the very earliest chapters of Baptist history and thought. Specifically, they looked deeply into the lives of John Smyth and Thomas Helwys.
John Smyth, fellow of Christ College, Cambridge University, was the fountainhead of the Baptist tradition. An Anglican priest, Separatist thinker, far-sighted theologian, teacher and physician, and beloved pastor, Smyth has long been a mystery to students of Baptist origins. His teachings on the nature of the church and worship have been seminal in Baptist development.
Our lecturer, Nick Bunker, is the author of Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World, traces Smyth from his humble origins to his transition from England to Amsterdam. The title of Mr. Bunker’s first lecture is: “An English Baptist in the Age of Shakespeare.”
Bunker's second lecture was focused upon Thomas Helwys, second of the earliest Baptist pioneers. Helways was a barrister trained at Gray’s Inn and well known to the Puritan-Separatist communities in Lincoln and Nottinghamshire in the early 17th century. But, who was Thomas Helwys? Nick Bunker delves into Helwys and his family and religious background to discover the man who led the flight of Separatists to Amsterdam and who later penned the first and finest statement n religious liberty in the English language.
We're very pleased to have these lectures available now freely available on our YouTube channel.