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Jason Harris

Jason loves to communicate God's word both in the local church and at conferences and retreats. Jason has been involved with Worship Music since 1996 and InFocus since 2005. Jason has degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research and is currently a PhD candidate and lecturer in the College of Business, Law, and Governance at James Cook University, Cairns. Jason is also a pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at


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    “What history books are you finding in Fundamentalist colleges today?…A lot of them are obscure or self-published textbooks or just course syllabi with no textbook at all.”

    Care to suggest a few titles?

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    Jason Harris

    Hey PJ, Could you clarify your question. Are you asking for titles of books that are obscure or self-published?

    Sorry… just not clear on the question.

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    Sure…just looking for examples of books that you’ve found being used in Fundamentalist colleges that fall into the ‘obscure’ category.

    I agree that there hasn’t always been a high-degree of academic rigour in fundamental circles – and I’d be interested to know what titles are in use in colleges today that you feel don’t measure up.

    I’d also be interested to know which Fundamental colleges you think have adequate academic strandards when it comes to their church history courses. (Though I’d understand if you didn’t want to comment in a public forum like this.)

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    Jason Harris

    Sorry for the delay PJ. I started on a response and then got too busy to finish.

    I know in at least some Australian colleges, there are history courses that do not use a textbook at all. Instead they use a syllabus authored by someone at the college. Granted, those same colleges may (and in at least one case, do) have other courses that use credible textbooks, but the trend is concerning.

    Then there are books like Our Baptist Heritage, The People Called Baptists, and The Trail of Blood which tend to be promoted as teaching tools in our circles.

    In the broader scheme, the use of unpublished material or self published material is the norm at least in Australian colleges. It’s one thing to do this where the world’s authority on a subject is a resident professor. It’s another thing to do this when it’s a small college.

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    Thanks for this Jason…I appreciate your reply.

    I wonder if the colleges you have in mind have had to revert to the texts you’ve mentioned particularly ‘The Trail of Blood’, because there are few other texts that support the ‘landmarker’ view of baptist history?

    I agree with the need to use texts by authors with academic standing and I also think as students of church history we ought to expose ourselves to as much primary source material as we’re able – e.g. the writings of the Church Fathers and the Reformers, and not just rely on what other scholars say about them.

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    Jason Harris

    Most of our colleges would refute the landmark position as such, but would have similar agendas to push.

    It’s true that we live in a day when the primary sources are often readily available. It is ideal to take advantage of them.

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    it is interesting that whether you are independent or denominational, everyone has their ‘trail of blood’ story.
    everyone is trying to show that the early church in the Book of Acts, through the church fathers, etc etc, were just like us:)

    it is designed to give us reassurance that we are on the ‘right’ track and it is the ‘other’ churches that are on the ‘wrong’ track.

    rather than marvelling how God has used many different people (with orthodox theology of course) to accomplish his purposes unfortunately our natural tendency is to engage in revisionist history making.

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    I’ve got a particular book in mind while you’re on the subject Jason.. :)

    As for revisionists, I think most Christians today would be horrified by the early church. At least us Western Christians.

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    Jason Harris

    We’re trying to play nice Alen. =D

    Good thought. I suspect it is not as we imagine it.


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