Welcome to The Elephant of Kettering. This new blog is dedicated to disseminating the life and thought of Andrew Fuller to a new generation. Fuller, a British Particular Baptist, served as a pastor first in Soham and then in Kettering during the late 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century. He was instrumental in the founding the Baptist Missionary Society which sent out William Carey to India. He served as Secretary of the BMS until his death in 1815.
As a theologian he was key in moving Particular Baptists from Hyper-Calvinism to a more Biblical, “Evangelical Calvinism” with the argument that unbelievers have a responsibility to turn to Christ in faith and therefore we must offer Christ to the fallen so that they can respond in faith. His influence and legacy amongst Baptists and other Evangelicals is unquestioned. Yet, he has fallen out of notice amongst many historians and theologians.
This blog then believes that studying the life and thought of Andrew Fuller is incredibly useful and important in the life of the church of Jesus Christ today. In conjunction with the newly renamed Andrew Fuller Centre for Reformed Spirituality under the auspices of Toronto Baptist Seminary and the beginning of the release of a new critical edition of The Works of Andrew Fuller from Paternoster Press this blog will serve as a sounding board for Fuller scholars.
Blog contributors are those who are currently studying Fuller in a detailed way or have in the past and continue to have an interest in the life and theology of Fuller. The posts then that will be offered will be those that are designed to spread their desire to offer Fuller and his theology in the midst of the church. While only contributors can post, any one can discuss the posts in the comments section.
Other things like the promotion of new books, articles, conferences, etc. on Andrew Fuller will be noted here. If you have any questions or comments please direct them to Allen Mickle, the blog master.
This is an exciting opportunity to learn more about the man whom Charles Spurgeon called the greatest eighteenth-century Baptist theologian. I have already contributed my first post and there are now a total of four posts with many more to come from well qualified historians such as Paul Brewster, Nathan Finn, Crawford Gribben, Michael Haykin and Michael McMullen. I recommend that you bookmark this site and check it regularly!