Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher


Image courtesy of Kimberly Davidson Campbell

Image courtesy of Kimberly Davidson Campbell

Latest Announcements

History: A Student’s Guide (Crossway, 2016) is being published at the end of January. The book is the latest volume in Crossway’s acclaimed Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition series, edited by David Dockery.

I preached in chapel at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary on October 28, 2015. My sermon was titled “The Danger of False Teachers.” You can watch a video of the sermon at the Midwestern website. (I preached an earlier version of the sermon at Southern Seminary, which is also available online.)

Latest Blog Posts and Internet Essays

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

The False Gospel of American Exceptionalism,” The Gospel Coalition (November 16, 2015)

Why Denominational Identity Still Matters,” The Gospel Coalition (November 9, 2015)

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 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. Book review 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).