Continuing my quest to post previously published or presented materials, I have uploaded some new items–well, some old items (1990s) that are now newly offered on this website.
Introduction (co-authored with David Fletcher) which situates the baptismal theology of Churches of Christ on the historic landscape of Christian theology and summarizes the chapters in the book.
Alexander Campbell on Christians Among the Sects. This article discusses the rebaptism controversy, the Lunenberg letter, and Campbell’s attitude toward Christians among the “sects” (e.g., Baptists, Presbyterians, etc.).
The Recovery of the Ancient Gospel: Alexander Campbell and the Design of Baptism. This article tracks the development of Campbell’s baptismal theology. I suggest he went through several stages: (1) Presbyterian until 1812 (advocate of infant baptism), (2) Baptist in 1812-1823 (baptism has no relationship to salvation other than a sign), (3) Modified Baptist from1823-1827 (baptism is no longer a duty but is directly related to assurance and a formal reception of the remission of sins), and (4) mature understanding from 1827 forward (articulated in his “Ancient Gospel” series).
On my General page, I have posted two previously published articles.
Job. “Job’s ‘Sanctuary Experirence ‘and Mine” is an article that appeared in Leaven (2000). It suggests that the movement from “hearing” about God to “seeing” God in Job 42 is a “sanctuary experience” that comforts believers in their tragedies, and comforted me in my own tragic circumstances. Job’s experience was not sui generis; it is the comfort in which God invites all believers and comes to them through faith.
2 Timothy. “A Personal Word to Timothy (2 Timothy 4:9-22)” appeared in the 1986 East Tennessee School of Preaching and Missions lectureship book. Paul’s last words to Timothy use the language of Psalm 22 which is a mixture of abandonment and hope.
The Disputations of Baden, 1526 and Bern, 1528: Neutralizing the Early Church by Irena Backus. These “debates” between Zwinglian and Catholic representatives were critical in the resultant division of Switzerland into five Catholic cantons and five Reformed cantons (which is still true today). Theologically, the focus of the discussion was the principle of sola scriptura.
Prophecy and Reason: The Dutch Collegiants in the Early Enlightenment by Andrew C. Fix. Dutch Collegiants (small groups gathered for study and discussion) were the center of enlightenment thought in seventeenth century Holland. John Locke, during his exile from England, participated as well as leading Remonstrant theologians such as Philip van Limborch.
Exile and Kingdom: History and Apocalypse in the Puritan Migration to America by Avihu Zakai. Puritans, though exiled from Europe, sought to establish the kingdom of God in America. Apocalyptic postmillennialism dominanted their self-understanding.