Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher


Nathan A. Finn Director of the Center for Spiritual Formation and Evangelical Spirituality Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Baptist Studies Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Nathan A. Finn
Dean of the School of Theology and Missions and Professor of Christian Thought and Tradition at Union University (effective July 1, 2015)

Latest Announcements

I have been appointed the Dean of the School of Theology and Missions and Professor of Christian Thought and Tradition at Union University effective July 1, 2015. You can read the press announcements from Union University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can also check out the website of the School of Theology and Missions.

Latest Blog Posts and Internet Essays

Sweeney’s Booknotes: The Life of David Brainerd: A Documentary,” The Jonathan Edwards Center at TEDS (June 11, 2015).

Andrew Fuller, Great Commission Pastoral Leadership, and Southern Baptists,” Towers (May 2015): 16-18.

Baptist Associations: Whence and Whither?” NACPF blog (March 25, 2015).

How Chuck Colson Changed the Way I Think,” ERLC blog (March 9, 2015).

Recent Publications

Articles, Essays, and Contributed Chapters

Historical and Theological Forum,” Midwestern Journal of Theology 14.1 (2015): 55–61. Contributed reflections on John Wyclif, Andrew Fuller, and Marches on Selma, AL.

Evangelical History after George Marsden: A Review McMaster_GeneralSeriesEssay,” Themelios 40.1 (Spring 2015): 63–77.

“Baptist and the War in Vietnam: Responses to ‘America’s Longest War,’” in Baptists and War: Essays on Baptists and Military Conflict, 1640s–1690s, McMaster General Studies Series, vol. 2, eds. Gordon L. Heath and Michael A. G. Haykin, pp. 203–229. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2015.

“The Dangers of Postmodern Spirituality,” Expositor 4 (March/April 2015): 38–41.

“Contours for a Healthy Baptist Spirituality,” in Criswell Theological Review 12.1 (Fall 2014): 3–22.

“Irenic Conservative, Orthodox Baptist,” in Gregory Thornbury, Ben Mitchell, and Carla Sanderson, eds., Convictional Civility: Essays in Honor of David S. Dockery, pp. 145–47. Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2014.

“The Rule of Elders: The Presbyterian Angle on Church Leadership,” in Shepherding God’s Flock: Biblical Leadership in the New Testament and Beyond, eds. Benjamin L. Merkle and Thomas R. Schreiner, pp. 197–222. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Ministry, 2014.

“John R. Rice, Bob Jones Jr. and the ‘Mechanical Dictation’ Controversy: Finalizing the Fracturing of Independent Fundamentalism,” in The Journal of Baptist Studies 6 (2014): 60–75.

Book Reviews

Review of Kevin Bauder and Robert Delnay, eds. One in Hope & Doctrine: Origins of Baptist Fundamentalism, 1870–1950. Schaumburg, IL: Regular Baptist Press,
2014. Book review for Themelios 40.1 (Spring 2014): 137–39.

Review of Michael McClenahan, Jonathan Edwards and Justification by Faith. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2013. For Southeastern Theological Review 5.2 (Winter 2015): 263–65.

Review of Steven M. Studebaker and Robert W. Caldwell III, The Trinitarian Theology of Jonathan Edwards. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012. For Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 57.4 (December 2014): 70–74.

Review of John Jefferson Davis, Meditation and Communion with God: Contemplating Scripture in an Age of Distraction. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2012. For Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 7.2 (Fall 2014): 314–16.

Review of Gordon Smith, Called to be Saints: An Invitation to Christian Maturity (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2013). For Themelios 39.3 (November 2014): 610–11.