Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher

Monthly Archive: August 2013

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Seminar on Andrew Fuller’s Theology

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41Yg5kJfHJL._SY346_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.

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New Articles on William Carey and Andrew Fuller

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BSn_y0SCMAEE9NkI have recently published two journal articles related to my two all-time favorite Baptists. In the Fall 2012 issue of The Andrew Fuller Center Review, which was behind schedule and thus was just published this week, I contributed an essay titled “The Use of William Carey in Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board Publications, 1846-1885” (pp. 5-15). I argue that Foreign Mission Board periodicals put forward Carey (and Adoniram Judson) as key missionary exemplars during the first generation of Southern Baptist missions. But by the second generation, Carey was mentioned less frequently and was treated more as a noteworthy historical figure than a key role model. Southern Baptists had developed their own missionary heroes, and those heroes had take Carey’s place in missions-related publications.

In the Summer 2013 issue of The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, I published an essay titled “The Renaissance in Andrew Fuller Studies: A Bibliographic Essay” (pp. 44-61). In that article, I survey the recent interest in Andrew Fuller’s thought and legacy since the early 1980s. Fuller continues to generate interest from scholars and pastors alike. This scholarly renaissance will soon reach its full fruition (to this point, at least) in the forthcoming multivolume critical edition of The Works of Andrew Fuller (Walter de Gruyter). Lord willing, that project will in turn inspire a rising generation of scholars to ask new questions and blaze new trails in scholarship related to Fuller, “Fullerism,” and similar themes.

Friday

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Southern Baptists, Evangelicalism, and . . . Andrew Fuller?

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My latest post for The Andrew Fuller Center blog is titled “Southern Baptists, Evangelicalism, and Andrew Fuller.” You can read my closing paragraph below.

I would suggest that contemporary Southern Baptists who are convictionally baptistic but also committed to a broader evangelicalism might learn something about our own identity from the Fullerites who wed similar emphases in their own context. To be a theologically orthodox Southern Baptist is to be an evangelical, albeit a particular type of evangelical.

If you want to read the whole thing, you can click here.

Thursday

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Resources for the Study of Evangelical Spirituality

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brazos-introduction-to-christian-spirituality-21492462Evan Howard is one of the leading evangelical scholars of Christian spirituality. He is the author of several books, including The Brazos Introduction to Christian Spirituality (Brazos, 2008 — pictured left). He is also one of the contributors to Four Views of Christian Spirituality (Zondervan, 2012), edited by Bruce Demarest. The latter explores spirituality from Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, progressive mainline Protestant, and evangelical perspectives. Howard wrote the chapter on evangelical spirituality.

Howard oversees the website Spirituality Shoppe, an online  study center that provides dozens of resources related to Christian spirituality and spiritual formation from an evangelical perspective. One of the more helpful resources at Spirituality Shoppe is Howard’s massive 78-page bibliography “Resources for the Study of Evangelical Spirituality.” This document is a work in progress that is regularly being updated. To my knowledge, it is the best place to begin if you want to study Christian Spirituality in evangelical traditions.

 

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New Book Reviews in Themelios

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FullerThe August 2013 edition of Themelios was published earlier this week. You can read it for free online at The Gospel Coalition website. As always, there are some great editorials and articles by scholars such as D. A. Carson, Michael Ovey, Peter Orr, Owen Strachan, and Gerald McDermott. I contributed reviews on the following books. Both of them are very good books, and though the Schweitzer volume is pricey, I would encourage you read them both.

William M. Schweitzer. God Is a Communicative Being: Divine Communicativeness and Harmony in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards. T&T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology. London: T&T Clark, 2012. (Click here for my review)

Keith S. Grant. Andrew Fuller and the Evangelical Renewal of Pastoral Theology. Studies in Baptist History and Thought 36. Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster, 2013. (Click here for my review)

Jonathan Edwards and Andrew Fuller–right up my alley. I hope you will read the reviews and, if possible, the books themselves.