This semester, I’m teaching a course titled “Seminar on a Selected Theologian: Andrew Fuller (1754-1815)” in the Ph.D. program at Southeastern Seminary. I have eight students in the seminar, including majors in systematic theology, church history, ethics, and New Testament. While I have taught an M.Div. elective on Fuller’s theology, this is the first time I’ve taught a doctoral seminar on the topic.
During the semester, we will read numerous primary sources from The Complete Works of Andrew Fuller. Many of these writings will be Fuller’s major writings on topics such as Calvinism, evangelism and missions, justification, faith, and the deity and exclusivity of Christ. We will also read three scholarly books that address Fuller and this thought: Michael Haykin’s edited volume At The Pure Fountain of Thy Word: Andrew Fuller as an Apologist (Paternoster, 2003); Peter Morden’s Offering Christ to the World: Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) and the Revival of Eighteen-Century Particular Baptist Life (Paternoster, 2004); Keith Grant’s Andrew Fuller and the Evangelical Renewal of Pastoral Theology (Paternoster, 2013). In addition to primary sources and books, we will also read over two dozen scholarly journal articles and individual book chapters by authors such as Haykin, Morden, Chris Chun, Paul Brewster, Peter Beck, Carl Trueman, Timothy George, Tom Nettles, and myself, among others.
I’m very excited about the seminar and am praying for a fruitful semester discussing Andrew Fuller’s thought and its ongoing legacy among Baptist Christians.