Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher


Image courtesy of Kimberly Davidson Campbell

Image courtesy of Kimberly Davidson Campbell

Latest Announcements

May 16, 2016: Books at a Glance published a review of my recent bookHistory: A Student’s Guide. You can read the review at the Books at a Glance website.

March 23, 2016: I was interviewed by Justin Wainscott on the Listen & Learn Podcast. The topic was “Baptist History.” You can listen to the podcast at the Listen & Learn website.

March 13, 2016: I preached at Cornerstone Community Church in Jackson, TN. My texts was 1 Peter 1:13-2:12 and the sermon title was “A Holy People and a Holy Community. You can watch the sermon online at the CCC website.

March 1, 2016: Tony Chute, Michael Haykin, and I were interviewed by Timothy George for the Beeson podcast. Our topic was “The Baptist Story.” You can listen to the interview at the Beeson Podcast website.

Latest Blog Posts and Internet Essays

Baptists and the Benedict Option in American Babylon,” Canon and Culture (March 22, 2016)

How to Spot a False Teacher,” The Gospel Coalition (January 27, 2016)

What Star Wars Can Teach Us about History,” Crossway Blog (January 14, 2016)

Recent Publications


History: A Student’s Guide, Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2016).

The Baptist Story: From English Sect to Global Faith (Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2015). Co-authored with Tony Chute and Michael Haykin.

Articles, Essays, and Contributed Chapters

“Debating Baptist Identities: Description and Prescription in the American South,” in Mirrors and Microscopes: Historical Perceptions of Baptists, Studies in Baptist History and Thought, ed. C. Douglas Weaver, pp. 173–87. Bletchley, Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster, 2015.

“John R. Rice, Billy Graham, and the Dilemma of Ecclesiastical Separation,” American Baptist Quarterly 33.2 (Summer 2014): 229–52. (Published December 2015)

00“Contesting Contesting Catholicity: Some Conservative Reflections on Curtis Freeman’s Theology for ‘Other Baptists,’” Southeastern Theological Review 6.2 (Winter 2015): 151–70.

Book Reviews

Review of Donald S. Whitney, Finding God in Solitude: The Personal Piety of Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) and Its Influence on His Pastoral Ministry. Oxford, UK: Peter Lang, 2014. For Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 9.1 (Spring 2016: 135–36.

Review of Douglas A. Sweeney, Edwards the Exegete: Biblical Interpretation and Anglo-Protestant Culture on the Edge of the Enlightenment. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. For Themelios 41.1 (April 2016): 150–51.

Review of The Collected Works of James Wm. McClendon, vols. 12, eds. Ryan Andrew Newson and Andrew C. Wright. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2014. For Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 59.1 (March 2016): 215-20.

Review of Matthew Pinson, Arminian and Baptist: Explorations in a Theological Tradition. Nashville, TN: Randall House, 2015. For The Journal of Baptist Studies 8 (February 2016): 126–30.

Review of Darren Dochuk, Thomas S. Kidd, and Kurt W. Peterson, eds., American Evangelicalism: George Marsden and the State of American Religious History. South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014. For Themelios 40.3 (December 2015): 534–36.

The False Gospel of American Exceptionalism,” The Gospel Coalition (November 16, 2015). Review of John D. Wilsey, American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea (IVP Academic, 2015).