At the Annual Business Session held on May 22, 2018, the Association heard the 2nd reading of a proposed constitutional amendment. This amendment allows NABPR to make public statements, after being vetted by the Executive Committee and approved by the membership. The amendment passed 43 to 9. This amendment makes the first time that the Constitution has been changed since 2006, when the Dissertation Scholarship was added. The constitution has been emended.
During the business session at its May 2018 meeting, the NABPR unanimously approved a joint recommendation from the NABPR Executive Committee and PRSt Editorial Board to enter into a publishing agreement with Baylor University Press. Under the new arrangement BUP will assume all operations associated with the publication of the journal, including its printing and distribution. The PRSt Editors and Editorial Board will continue to exercise full control over the content of the journal. The new arrangement will commence with the publication of the fall issue of the journal and details of the agreement will be reviewed after seven years.
At its May 2018 meeting, the NABPR honored Dr. Scott Nash for twenty years of service as Senior Editor of Perspectives in Religious Studies. Nash, the Columbus Roberts Professor of New Testament at Mercer University, informed the PRSt editorial board last summer (2017) of his decision to step down from his role as Senior Editor, a position he has held since 1998. He was responsible for the operational side of the journal, and under his editorship the PRSt publications endowment grew from several hundred dollars to over $40,000. He was presented with a plaque and a check for $1000 in recognition for his service.
Ryan Andrew Newson, Inhabiting the World: Identity, Politics, and Theology in Radical Baptist Perspective, Perspectives on Baptist Identities (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2018) ISBN: 9780881466492.
Announcing the first volume in the new NABPR series “Perspectives on Baptist Identities” edited by Alicia C. Myers and Adam English.
Ryan Newson is uniquely qualified to carry on the task of articulating a baptist identity in the wake of what Stephen Toulmin called the structural timbers of modern thought. Newson is doing in this book exactly what James Wm. McClendon, Jr. would have wanted. I strongly endorse the work done here. –Nancey Claire Murphy, senior professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary
Ryan Newson thoughtfully explores and creatively extends the work of baptist (and Baptist) theologian James Wm. McClendon, Jr. This book shows how nuanced, challenging, and insightful this distinctive approach can be. Catholic, Protestant, Reformed, and Baptist theologians should read this text. They may not agree with all it says, but will come away from wrestling with it better able to articulate what it means to be a Christian today. A splendid contribution! –Terrence W. Tilley, Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ Professor of Catholic Theology, Fordham University
Inhabiting the World is just the kind of reflection that progressive baptists need for inhabiting the postmodern condition. It is a masterful extension of James Wm. McClendon, Jr.’s important baptist theology that draws on the best of this tradition in being convictional but also open to the world, in valuing the power of Scripture but caring about the complexity of interpretation, in respecting the freedom of convictions but setting them within community and hospitality to others. Newson’s theology of listening skillfully navigates issues of identity and pluralism, practices and their abuses, and the individual and community. His is a voice to which we need to listen. –Dan R. Stiver, Cook-Derrick Professor of Theology, Logsdon School of Theology, Hardin-Simmons University
“You Say You Want a Revolution?” 1968-2018 in Theological Perspective. The Sixty-Fourth Annual Convention of the College Theological Society in conjunction with The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (NABPR) at Saint Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Thursday, May 31 – Sunday, June 3, 2018. Hashtag: #CTS18MN. The NABPR portion of the program features Amy L. Chilton’s presidential address “Why Worship Together? Muriel Lester, Dorothy Day, and Friendships Across Borders”; a panel on “Examining Recent Baptist Public Statements on Sexuality” with Merrill Hawkins, Kathryn House, and Mike Broadway; paper sessions with presentations by Steve Harmon, Michael Cox, Sean Martin, and Derek Hostetter; and a session of the Evangelical Catholics and Catholic Evangelicals Consultation addressing the question “Can Catholics and Baptists Share Communion Without Breaking the Rules?” with Baptist contributions from Curtis Freeman, Steve Harmon, Derek Hatch, and Philip E. Thompson. For more see the CTS 2018 Convention Program.