The Whitley Lecture was first established in 1949 in honour of W.T. Whitley (1861–1947), the Baptist minister and historian. Following a pastorate in Bridlington, during which he also taught at Rawdon College in Yorkshire, Whitley became the first Principal of the Baptist College of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, in 1891. This institution was later renamed Whitley College in his honour.

Whitley was a key figure in the formation of the Baptist Historical Society in 1908. He edited its journal, which soon gained an international reputation for the quality of its contents – a reputation it still enjoys nearly a century later as the Baptist Quarterly. His A History of British Baptists (London: Charles Griffin, 1923) remains an important source of information and comment for contemporary historians. Altogether he made an important contribution to Baptist life and self-understanding in Britain and Australia, providing a model of how a pastor-scholar might enrich the life and faith of others.

The establishment of the annual lecture in his name is designed as an encouragement to research and writing by Baptist scholars, and to enable the results of this work to be published. The giving of grants, advice and other forms of support by the Lectureship Committee serves the same purpose. The committee consists of representatives of the British Baptist Colleges, the Baptist Union of Great Britain, BMS World Mission, the Baptist Ministers' Fellowship and the Baptist Historical Society. These organizations also provide financial support for its work.

1951

Book or monograph H.H. Rowley, The Unity of the Bible. London: The Carey Kingsgate Press
Ltd.,  1953, 1955. Hbk. pp.201.

1952

Book or monograph L.H. Marshall, Rivals of the Christian Faith.

1954

Book or monograph Hugh Martin, Puritanism and Richard Baxter.

1958

Book or monograph Ernest A. Payne, The Baptist Union, A Short History.

1959

Book or monograph G.R. Beasley-Murray, Baptism in the New Testament.

1960

Book or monograph Douglas Stewart, The Ark of God: Studies in Five Modern Novelists: James Joyce, Aldous Huxley, Graham Greene, Rose Macaulay, Joyce Cary. London: The Carey Kingsgate Press Ltd., 1961.

1961

Book or monograph Arthur B. Crabtree [1910- ], The Restored Relationship. London: The Carey Kingsgate Press, 1963.

1962

Book or monograph J.B. Skemp, The Greeks and the GospelJ.B. Skemp, The Greeks and the Gospel. London: The Carey Kingsgate Press Ltd., 1964. Hbk. pp.123. View in PDF format pdf [All reasonable efforts have been made to contact the copyright holder of this article without success. If you hold the rights, please contact me]

1963

Book or monograph Stephen F. Winward, The Reformation of our Worship. London: Carey Kingsgate Press, 1964.

1967

Book or monograph B.R. White, The English Separatist Tradition. Oxford, 1971.

 

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