Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher


Image courtesy of Kristi McMurry Woody

Image courtesy of Kristi McMurry Woody

Latest Announcements

November 16, 2016: I participated as an invited panelist at the B&H Academic Breakfast, Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX. The topic was “The Future of the Baptist Faith and Message in the Southern Baptist Academy.”

October 19, 2016: I delivered the Herschel H. and Frances J. Hobbs Lectureship in Baptist Faith and Heritage at Oklahoma Baptist University. The lecture was titled “After ‘The Controversy’: Toward the Renewal of Southern Baptist Identity.” Video for the lecture is available at the OBU website.

October 18, 2016: Baptist & Reflector published my guest column titled “Neighbor Love and the Upcoming Election.”

October 14, 2016: Baptist Press quoted me in an article titled “Campaign Furor Prompts Advice from Pastors, Leaders.”

June 1, 2016: Walter de Gruyter has published my critical edition of Andrew Fuller’s Strictures on Sandemanianism. This book marks the first entry in the 16-volume series The Complete Works of Andrew Fuller. I serve as a general editor for the series.

Latest Blog Posts and Internet Essays

Review of Gerald Bray’s The Church: A Theological and Historical Account, for Books at a Glance (December 5, 2016)

Neighbor Love and the Upcoming Election,” Baptist & Reflector (October 18, 2016)

Praise God for Pastoral ‘Stickers,'” Baptist Press (August 17, 2016)

Recent Publications


Andrew Fuller, Apologetic Works 5: Strictures on Sandemanianism, The Complete Works of Andrew Fuller, vol. 9 (Berlin, Germany: Walter de Gruyter, 2016). Edited work with an authored introduction.

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

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)

“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 Jonathan Leeman, Political Church: The Local Assembly as Embassy of Christ’s Rule, Studies in Christian Doctrine and Scripture. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2016. Book review for Themelios 41.3 (December 2016): 549–51.

Review of Gerald Bray, The Church: A Theological and Historical Account. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2016. Book review for Books at a Glance (December 5, 2016).

Review of Oliver Crisp, Jonathan Edwards among the Theologians. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015, and Kyle C. Strobel, ed., The Ecumenical Edwards: Jonathan Edwards and the Theologians. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015. Book review for Southeastern Theological Review 7.2 (Winter 2016): 144–47.

Review of William M. Schweitzer and Joel Beeke, eds., Jonathan Edwards for the Church. Darlington, UK: Evangelical Press, 2015. For Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 20.1 (Spring 2016): 163–65.

Review of Christopher Ben Simpson, Modern Christian Theology. London: T&T Clark, 2016. For Books at a Glance.

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.