Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher

Publications

EDITED BOOKS

Thomas K. Ascol and Nathan A. Finn, eds., Ministry By His Grace and For His Glory: Essays in Honor of Thomas J. Nettles. Cape Coral, FL: Founders Press, 2011. This is a festschrift for my friend Tom Nettles, an imminent Baptist historian who has taught for many years, most recently at Southern Seminary. In addition to co-editing the volume, I contributed a chapter on the landmark book Baptists and the Bible, co-authored by Nettles and Russ Bush, and helped prepare a bibliography of Tom’s publications through 2011.

 

 

 

 

Robert Hall Sr., Help to Zion’s Travellers: Being an Attempt to Remove Various Stumbling Blocks out of the Way, Relating to Doctrinal, Experimental and Practical Religion, new ed. Edited by Nathan A. Finn. Mountain Home, AR: BorderStone Press, 2011. This is a new edition of a classic work in Baptist theology written in 1781. Robert Hall Sr. was a longtime pastor in England and a founder of the Northamptonshire Baptist Association. In this work, Hall appropriated insights from Jonathan Edwards to argue against the High Calvinist idea that one must have a “warrant” (conviction) that he is among the elect before he can believe in Christ for salvation. This book significantly influenced some of Hall’s younger colleagues who became more well-known, including Andrew Fuller, William Carey, John Sutcliff and John Ryland Jr.

 

 

Domestic Slavery: The Correspondence of Richard Fuller and Francis Wayland. Edited by Nathan A. Finn and Keith Harper. Macon: Mercer University Press, 2008. This is a new edition of an important antebellum volume that recounted the epistolary debate between Richard Fuller and Francis Wayland over slavery. The letters were originally published in the Baptist Repository in the fall of 1844. The book version was published in the spring of 1845, just weeks before the formation of the Southern Baptist Convention. Both men were “moderates” in their respective camps. Fuller was at the time a South Carolina pastor, a distinguished preacher, and a future president of the SBC. Wayland was the president of Brown University, a tireless promoter of foreign missions, and the leading public intellectual among Baptists in the North.

CONTRIBUTED CHAPTERS AND JOURNAL ARTICLES

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.

“Curb Youth Enthusiasm: Martin Luther’s Critique of Anabaptism,” in Southwestern Journal of Theology 56.2 (Spring 2014): 163–81.

“On the ‘Traditionalist Statement’: Some Friendly Reflections from a Calvinistic Southern Baptist,” Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry 10.1 (Spring 2013): 64–70. [Published in February 2014]

2013

“Andrew Fuller’s Edwardsean Spirituality,” in The Pure Flame of Devotion: The History of Christian Spirituality, eds. G. Stephen Weaver and Ian Hugh Clary, 387–408. Dundas, Ontario: Joshua Press, 2013.

“The Renaissance in Andrew Fuller Studies: A Bibliographic Essay,” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 17.2 (Summer 2013): 44–61.

“The Use of William Carey in Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board Publications, 1846-1885,” The Andrew Fuller Center Review 4 (Fall 2012): 5–15. [Published in August 2013]

2012

“The Making of a Baptist Universalist: The Curious Case of Elhanan Winchester,” Baptist History and Heritage 47 (Fall 2012): 6–19.

“‘Until All Burma Worships the Eternal God’: Judson the Missionary, 1812–1850,” in Adoniram Judson: The Bicentennial Celebration of America’s First Missionary, 18122012, ed. Jason G. Duesing, pp. 77–100. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2012.

“Church Membership in Church History: An Analysis,” in Those Who Must Give an Account: A Study of Church Membership and Church Discipline, eds. John S. Hammett and Benjamin L. Merkle, pp. 53–80. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2012.

2011

Baptists and the Bible: The History of a History Book,” in Ministry By His Grace and For His Glory: Essays in Honor of Thomas J. Nettles, eds. Thomas K. Ascol and Nathan A. Finn, pp. 3–16. Cape Coral, FL: Founders Press, 2011.

“The Writings of Thomas J. Nettles: A Bibliography,” in Ministry By His Grace and For His Glory: Essays in Honor of Thomas J. Nettles, eds. Thomas K. Ascol and Nathan A. Finn, pp. 319–30. Cape Coral, FL: Founders Press, 2011, co-authored with Matthew Emerson.

Southern Baptists and Evangelicals: Passing on the Faith to the Next Generation,” in Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Future of Denominationalism, eds. David S. Dockery, Ray Van Neste, and Jerry Tidwell, pp. 231–60. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2011.

2010

Now Let Us Praise Famous Moderates: A Review Essay of Three Recent Festschriften,” Journal of Baptist Studies 4 (2010): 46–68.

“‘Surely it is Worth While’: William Carey’s Personal Application of His Enquiry,” Puritan Reformed Journal 2, no. 2 (July 2010): 286–300.

“Southern Baptist History: A Great Commission Reading,” in The Great Commission Resurgence: Fulfilling God’s Mandate in Our Time, eds. Chuck Lawless and Adam Greenway, pp. 51–76. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2010.

2009

“Priorities for a Post-Resurgence Convention,” in Southern Baptist Identity: The Future of an Evangelical Denomination, ed. David S. Dockery, pp. 257–80. Wheaton: Crossway, 2009.

“Assessing a Better Paradigm: The Case for a Third Way,” in A Better Paradigm for the Study of Baptist History?, ed. R. L. Vaughn, pp. 17–20. Mount Enterprise, TX: Waymark Publications, 2009.

2008

“Southern Baptist Calvinism: Setting the Record Straight,” in Calvinism: A Southern Baptist Dialogue, eds. E. Ray Clendenen and Brad Waggoner, pp. 171–194. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2008.

2007

“Robert Hall’s Contributions to Evangelical Renewal in the Northamptonshire Baptist Association,” Midwestern Journal of Theology 6, no. 1 (Fall 2007): 19–34.

2006

Baptism as Prerequisite to the Lord’s Table.” Published by The Center for Theological Research, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, October 2006.

2004

“Youth for Calvin: Reformed Theology and Southern Baptist Collegians,” Baptist History and Heritage 39 (Spring 2004): 19–41, co-authored with C. Douglas Weaver.

BOOK REVIEWS

2014

Review of Joel R. Beeke and Mark Jones, A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage, 2012). Book review for Themelios 39.1 (April 2014): 129–30.

2013

Review of Michael J. McClymond and Gerald R. McDermott, The Theology of Jonathan Edwards (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011). Book review for Southeastern Theological Review 4.2 (Winter 2013): 231–34.

“A Different Evangelical Politics: The Moral Minority,” review essay of David R. Swartz, Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012). For The City: A Publication of Houston Baptist University (Fall 2013): 69–74.

Review of Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel, eds., Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics: A Guide for Evangelicals (IVP Academic, 2013), for The Gospel Coalition.

Review of Keith S. Grant, Andrew Fuller and the Evangelical Renewal of Pastoral Theology (Paternoster, 2013), for Themelios 38.1 (August 2013): 29899.

Review of William M. Schweitzer, God Is a Communicative Being: Divine Communicativeness and Harmony in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards (T&T Clark, 2012), for Themelios 38.1 (August 2013): 31112.

Review of C. E. Hill, Who Chose the Gospels? Probing the Great Gospel Conspiracy (Oxford University Press, 2010), for Southeastern Theological Review 4.1 (Summer 2013): 9192.

Review of Kyle Strobel, Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards (InterVarsity, 2013), for The Gospel Coalition.

Review of Jay Riley Chase, An Unexpected Gospel: American Evangelicals and World Christianity, 1812–1920 (Oxford University Press, 2012), in Themelios 38.1 (Spring 2013): 12729.

Book note of Mark A. Noll, Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity, 3rd ed. (Baker Academic, 2012), in Themelios 38.1 (Spring 2013): 137.

2012

Review of Chris Chun, The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards in the Theology of Andrew Fuller (Leiden: Brill, 2012), in Themelios 37.3 (November 2012): 53638.

Review of David Bebbington, Victorian Religious Revivals: Culture and Piety in Local and Global Contexts (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), for Themelios 37.3 (November 2012): 53436.

Review of D. A. Carson, Collected Writings on Scripture, compiled by Andrew David Naselli (Wheaton: Crossway, 2010), for Southeastern Theological Review 3.1 (Summer 2012): 10305.

Review of Andrew David Naselli and Collin Hansen, eds., Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism, Counterpoints: Bible and Theology (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011), for Southeastern Theological Review 3.1 (Summer 2012):13436.

Review of Mark Dever, The Church: The Gospel Made Visible (B&H, 2012), for The Gospel Coalition.

Review of David Bebbington, Victorian Nonconformity, 2nd ed. (Cambridge: Lutterworth, 2011), for Themelios 37.2 (July 2012): 34344.

Review of David J. Cohen and Michael Parsons, eds., Beyond 400: Exploring Baptist Futures (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011), for Themelios, 37.2 (July 2012): 34445.

Review of Alister Chapman, Godly Ambition: John Stott and the Evangelical Movement (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), for Themelios 37.1 (April 2012): 8789.

Review of A. Chadwick Mauldin, Fullerism as Opposed to Calvinism: A Historical and Theological Comparison of the Missiology of Andrew Fuller and John Calvin (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2011), for Themelios 37.1 (April 2012): 9697.

2011

Review of Gregg Allison, Historical Theology (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011), for Themelios 36.3 (November 2011): 52123.

Review of Daniel Williams, God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010), for North Carolina Historical Review 88.4 (October 2011): 45859.

Review of D.G. Hart, From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the Betrayal of American Conservatism (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011), for The Gospel Coalition.

God’s Country: The Faithful Sunbelt,” review essay of Darren Dochuk, From Bible Belt to Sun Belt: Grassroots Politics, Plain-Folk Religion, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism (New York: Norton, 2010), for The City (Summer 2011): 7680

Review of Robert E. Johnson, A Global Introduction to Baptist Churches (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010), for Themelios 36.2 (August 2011): 31517.

Review of Paul Brewster, Andrew Fuller: Model Pastor-Theologian (Nashville: B&H Academic, 2010), for The Andrew Fuller Review: The Bulletin of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies 1 (September, 2011): 1518.

Review of Thomas Oden, series ed., The Ancient Christian Doctrines Series. 5 vols. (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 20092010), for Themelios 36.1 (May 2011): 11422.

2010

Review of Keith E. Durso, Thy Will Be Done: A Biography of George W. Truett (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2009), for The Journal of Baptist Studies 4 (2010): 7376.

Review of Garth M. Rosell, The Surprising Work of God: Harold John Ockenga, Billy Graham, and the Rebirth of Evangelicalism (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008), for Themelios, 35.3 (November 2010): 49394.

Complementarian Caricature,” a review of Kathryn Joyce, Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement (Boston: Beacon, 2009), for The Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood 15.2 (Fall 2010): 4849.

Review of Randall Balmer, The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2010), for Themelios 35.2 (July 2010): 32223.

Understanding Heresy,” a review of Alister McGrath, Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth (New York: HarperOne, 2009), for the Baptist Messenger (March 15, 2010).

Review of Stephen P. Miller, Billy Graham and the Rise of the Republican South, Politics and Culture in Modern America  (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), for North Carolina Historical Review 87.1 (January 2010): 12021.

2009

Review of William H. Brackney, Historical Dictionary of the Baptists, 2d. ed. (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2009), for The Journal of Baptist Studies 3 (2009).

“Bicentennial President: Abraham Lincoln Examined,” a review essay of Ronald C. White, A. Lincoln: A Biography (New York: Random House, 2009), for The City: A Publication of Houston Baptist University 2.1 (Spring 2009): 30–35.

Review of Tom J. Nettles, James Petrigu Boyce: Southern Baptist Statesman, American Reformed Biography (Philipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2009), for Themelios 34.3 (November 2009): 398–99.

Review of James Leo Garrett, Baptist Theology: A Four Century Study (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2009), for Themelios 34.2 (July 2009): 237–39.

Review of Carl Trueman, John Owen: Reformed Catholic, Renaissance Man (London: Ashgate, 2007), for Founders Journal 78 (Fall 2009): 30–32.

2008

Review of John Wolffe, The Expansion of Evangelicalism: The Age of Wilberforce, More, Chalmers and Finney, A History of Evangelicalism: People, Movements and Ideas in the English-Speaking World (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2007), for Themelios 33.3 (December 2008): 90–91.

Review of Kenneth J. Collins, The Evangelical Moment: The Promise of an American Religion (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005), for Faith and Mission 24.4 (Fall 2008): 100–01.

Review of G. R. Evans, John Wyclif: Myth & Reality (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2005), for Faith and Mission 24.4 (Fall 2008): 104–05.

Review of Mary Beth Swetman Mathews, Rethinking Zion: How the Print Media Placed Fundamentalism in the South (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2006), for Faith and Mission 24.4 (Fall 2008): 109–11.

Review of Larry J. Kreitzer, “Seditious Sectaryes”: The Baptist Conventiclers of Oxford, 1641–1691, Studies in Baptist History and Thought (Carlisle, Cumbria, UK and Waynesboro, GA: Paternoster Press, 2006), for Baptist History and Heritage 43.3 (Summer-Fall 2008): 113–14.

Review of Barry Hankins, American Evangelicals: A Contemporary History of a Mainstream Religious Movement, Critical Issues in History (Lanham. MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008), for Themelios 33.2 (September 2008): 90–91.

A Southern Baptist Manifesto,” a review of David S. Dockery, Southern Baptist Consenus and Renewal: A Biblical, Historical, and Theological Proposal (B&H Academic, 2008) for Christianity Today web edition (September 2008).

Review of Walter B. Shurden, Not an Easy Journey: Some Transitions in Baptist Life (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2005), for The Journal of Baptist Studies 2 (2008).

2007

Review of Peter J. Morden, Offering Christ to the World: Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) and the Revival of Eighteenth Century Particular Baptist Life, Studies in Baptist History and Thought (Carlisle, Cumbria, UK and Waynesboro, GA: Paternoster Press, 2003), for The Journal of Baptist Studies 1 (2007).

Review of Beth Barton Schweiger and an Donald G. Mathews, eds., Religion in the American South: Protestants and Others in History and Culture (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2003), for Faith and Mission 24.3 (Summer 2007): 89–90.

Review of Douglas A. Sweeney, The American Evangelical Story: A History of the Movement (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005), for Faith and Mission 24.3 (Summer 2007): 90–92.

Review of David W. Bebbington, The Dominance of Evangelicalism: The Age of Spurgeon and Moody, A History of Evangelicalism: People, Movements and Ideas in the English-Speaking World (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2005), for Faith and Mission 24.2 (Spring 2007): 92–93.

2005

Review of Paul Harvey, Freedom’s Coming: Religious Culture and the Shaping of the South from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Era (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005), for Faith and Mission 23.1 (Fall 2005): 113–16.

Review of David Chappell, A Stone of Hope: Religion and the Death of Jim Crow (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005), for Faith and Mission 23.1 (Fall 2005): 113–16.

Review of David Hempton, Methodism: Empire of the Spirit (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005), for Faith and Mission 23.1 (Fall 2005): 119–21.

Review of Sydney Ahlstrom, A Religious History of the American People, 2d ed. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004), for Faith and Mission 23.1 (Fall 2005): 122–23.

Review of William Brackney, A Genetic History of Baptist Thought (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2004), for The Journal of the Florida Baptist Historical Society 7 (Fall 2005).

Review of Craig Bartholomew, Robin Parry, and Andrew West, eds., The Futures of Evangelicalism (Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic, 2004), for Faith and Mission 22.3 (Summer 2005): 135–37.

Review of Dale S. DeWitt, Dispensational Theology in America during the Twentieth Century: Theological Development and Cultural Context (Grand Rapids, MI: Grace Bible College, 2002), for Faith and Mission 22.3 (Summer 2005): 131–33.

Review of Emir Caner and Ergun Caner, eds., The Sacred Desk: Sermons of the Southern Baptist Convention Presidents (Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2004), for Faith and Mission 22.2 (Spring 2005): 145–46.

Review of Rufus B. Spain, At Ease in Zion: A Social History of Southern Baptists, 1865–1900 (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2003), for Faith and Mission 22.2 (Spring 2005): 151–52.

Review of Bruce J. Evenson, God’s Man for the Guilded Age: D. L. Moody and the Rise of Modern Mass Evangelism (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003), for Faith and Mission 22.2 (Spring 2005): 145–47.

2004

Review of Jason K. LeeThe Theology of John Smyth: Puritan, Separatist, Baptist, Mennonite (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2003), for Faith and Mission 21.2 (Spring 2004): 84–86.

POPULAR ESSAYS

2014

Why I am a Historic Premillennialist,” in SBC LIFE: Journal of the Southern Baptist Convention (June 2014).

Clapham Spirituality: A Model for Contemporary Evangelicals,” Canon and Culture (April 30, 2014).

2013

“Pray for Our Military Chaplains,” Biblical Recorder (August 3, 2013): 8.

An Open Letter from an Eagle Scout,” The Imaginative Conservative (April 23, 2013).

Respecting Our Elders,” Tabletalk Magazine (March 2013), 12–15.

A Baptist Perspective on ‘Re-Baptism’,“ Biblical Recorder (February 26, 2013).

2012

How Do You Know It’s Really Revival?” ChurchLeaders.com (July 2012).

Adoniram Judson: Pioneer Missionary to Burma,” Credo Magazine (March 2012): 41–45.

Responding to Bell: Some Lessons for Evangelicals,” Credo Magazine (January 2012): 58–64.

2011

Very Hopeful about the SBC’s Future,” Baptist Press (December 22, 2011).

Cultivating Godliness in College,” Baptist Press (October 17, 2011)

Watching Muslims Profess Faith–In the Face of Persecution,” Baptist Press (June 29, 2011)

2010

I Deserve the Coal,” Baptist Press (December 22, 2010).

The States of Our Convention,” Baptist Messenger (September 29, 2010), co-authored with Douglas E. Baker.

2009

“Gratitude and Grace-Centered Living: The Centrality of Gratitude in the Christian life,” The Gospel Witness (February 2009): 9–11.

All God’s Callings,” Boundless (April 30, 2009)

2008

Thomas Meredith’s Biblical Recorder, 1834-1850,” written for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, November 2008.

The Ablest Man Who Has Yet Appeared Among Us,” written for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, September 2008.

Gender and the Vice Presidency,” Baptist Press (September 5, 2008).

2007

“The Varieties of SBC Conservatism,” The Pathway 5, no. 6 (April 3, 2007): 12–14.

Greed or No Greed?” Baptist Press (February 1, 2007)

2006

Pregnancy and a Consistent Ethic of Life,” Baptist Press (May 31, 2006).

Weblogs and the Ninth Commandment,” Baptist Press (May 9, 2006)

Baptist History and Baptist Ministry,” Baptist Press (February 23, 2006).

2005

Hurricane Katrina: How Can We Help?,” Baptist Press (September 1, 2005)

2 Churches: Different and Similar,” Baptist Press (June 29, 2005).

2004

Who Killed Jesus?” Baptist Press (February 25, 2004).

Why Vote Values?,” Baptist Press (October 26, 2004).

The Religious Left and the Sufficiency of Scripture,” Baptist Press (September 8, 2004).

2003

“(Nominally) Christian Colleges,” Boundless (September 11, 2003).

The New Metrosexuality,” Baptist Press (September 2, 2003).

Wanted: Deliberately Christian Parents,” Baptist Press (May 8, 2003).

“The Protest Culture,” Boundless (April 3, 2003).

Confessions of a 19th Century Baptist,” Founders Journal (Winter 2003): 2526, 30.

What Kind of Peace?,” Baptist Press (January 9, 2003).

“Embarrassing Entertainment,” Boundless (January 2, 2003).

2002

“Some Assembly Required,” Boundless (September 12, 2002).

Moral Absolutes—West Wing Style,” Baptist Press (July 9, 2002).

MISCELLANEOUS UNPUBLISHED PAPERS

The Conservative Resurgence: An Annotated Bibliography,” December 2012.

Funding Great Commission Faithfulness: A Response to Morris Chapman.” Unpublished white paper, May 2010. Co-authored with Daniel L. Akin.

Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and Southern Baptists.” Unpublished position paper, January 2009.

FORTHCOMING AND IN-PROGRESS PUBLICATIONS

I have forthcoming book chapters on Southern Baptist responses to the Vietnam War, a critique of Presbyterian polity from a Baptist perspective, the difference between prescription and description in debates about Baptist identity, an introduction to the life and ministry of Robert Hall Sr., an introduction to the life and doctrine of John L. Dagg and two different chapters related to the Sandemanian controversy among British Baptists during the Long Eighteenth Century. I also have forthcoming journal articles on Baptist spirituality, Martin Luther’s critique of Anabaptism and the fundamentalist debate over “mechanical dictation” in the 1970s.

Long-term, I am co-authoring a Baptist History textbook for B&H Academic with Michael Haykin and Tony Chute and writing a book for Crossway titled History: A Student’s Guide for their Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition series. I am also editing s critical edition of Andrew Fuller’s Strictures on Sandemanism for Walter de Gruyter. I serve as an associate editor for the Works of Andrew Fuller.