Co-editor: Thomas White
Co-editor: Jason G. Duesing
Co-editor: Malcolm B. Yarnell

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Biblical and Theological Studies



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Publisher's Note

Chapter 1 of First Freedom: The Baptist Perspective on Religious Liberty, edited by Thomas White, Jason G. Duesing, and Malcolm B. Yarnell. B&H Academic, 2007. Used by Permission


First Freedom is an important gathering of messages from a recent conference on religious liberty held at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Editor Jason B. Duesing explains:

"The purpose of this collection is, first, to provide an introductory look into the biblical and historical foundations of religious liberty combined with several instances of contemporary expression and defense for the purpose of instruction, edification, and encouragement to all who take the time to read this volume. Second, however, we wish to remind Baptists in the twenty-first century of the price that was paid by their forefathers for the establishment and defense of religious liberty. To be sure, there were people of various religious and denominational preferences that providence used to implement the religious freedoms now enjoyed by all, but for Baptists to overlook the contribution of their own would be a travesty."




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About the Author

Thomas White, formerly Vice President for Student Services and Communications and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, became the 10th president of Cedarville University on July 1, 2013. Serving in a variety of leadership roles and responsibilities, White has more than a decade of administrative, teaching, and research experience and combines strong leadership with a pastoral heart for ministry while standing for biblical truth.

In July 2004, White was called to serve at Southwestern Seminary in Texas as Director of Leadership Development. In June 2006, White became Vice President for Student Services and Communications. Serving as an executive leader as part of the President’s Cabinet, his administrative oversight included admissions, communications, international students, the chaplain, student life, financial aid, recreation center, the student center, housing, dining services, media services, and the on-campus conference center and hotel. In this role, White was also involved in strategic planning, accreditation, retention, and fundraising. White also served as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Southwestern Seminary, teaching in the Oxford University study program and as a visiting professor, along with his wife, Joy, at Word of Life Bible Institute in New York.

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