Overview:The Banner of Truth Trust originated in 1957 in London. The founders believed that much of the best literature of historic Christianity had been allowed to fall into oblivion and that its recovery under God could well lead not only to a strengthening of the Church today but to true revival. The origins of the work were closely connected with the prayer that God would be pleased to visit the land again in true awakening.
It was believed that former literature - particularly of the Reformation and Puritan eras - had become buried for two reasons. Firstly that the emphasis of that literature was not congenial to much that passed for biblical Christianity in the present century. Secondly that religious publishing had become far too market oriented, that is to say, a primary question with publishers was that a title was saleable and to what degree it could be expected to be popular.
The Banner of Truth Trust by its very name, Trust, was organised so that, it was hoped, financial considerations would not determine the publications programme. It was aimed to publish what we believed honoured God and what people needed rather than what they might initially want.
In its development the Banner of Truth Trust has always been inter-denominational in the composition of its staff. While adhering to the authority of the Westminster Confession, it has sought to distinguish between major and fundamental truths and such truths (relating to church polity, etc) which may be regarded as secondary though not unimportant.