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New Book: Inhabiting the World: Identity, Politics, and Theology in Radical Baptist Perspective

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.

Inhabiting the World: Identity, Politics, and Theology in Radical Baptist Perspective by Ryan Andrew Newson, Cover
Inhabiting the World: Identity, Politics, and Theology in Radical Baptist Perspective by Ryan Andrew Newson, Cover

Announcing the first volume in the new NABPR series “Perspectives on Baptist Identities” edited by Alicia C. Myers and Adam English.

Description: In Inhabiting the World, Ryan Newson argues that resources contained in the “baptist vision” of Christian life are uniquely helpful in describing how Christians might transformatively and receptively inhabit the postmodern world. Newson unpacks the contours of a Christian identity centered around listening—to oneself, to others, and to the wild voice of God—and focuses his argument by engaging the work of theologian James Wm. McClendon, Jr. No mere “report” on McClendon’s thought, however, Newson pushes back on and creatively extends McClendon’s work, including into the fields of neuroscience, political theology, church practices, and ecclesial failure.
Blurbs: “From a rich store of learning and deep engagement with James Wm. McClendon, Jr.’s baptist vision, Ryan Newson offers a constructive path  for renewing our work as theologians. Listening—an embodied practice—is the key to his methodology, which surely summons a more humble posture in a world of competing views. Of most interest to me was his perceptive guidance for how to access the resources churches need to inhabit the world more fully, with compelling identity and witness as people of the resurrection. –Molly T. Marshall, president and professor of Theology and Spiritual Formation, Central Baptist Theological Seminary

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

The book is available for purchase via: Mercer University Press, Amazon, and other online retailers.

 

Mitchell G. Reddish Festschrift

left to right: R. Scott Nash, Mitchell G. Reddish, Kandy Queen-Sutherland.
Left to right: R. Scott Nash, Mitchell G. Reddish, Kandy Queen-Sutherland.

The 2018 Festschrift issue of Perspectives in Religious Studies has been published in honor of Mitchell G. Reddish, the O. L. Walker Professor of Christian Studies and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Stetson University, DeLand, Florida. The issue, entitled “Unveiling Revelation and Jesus of Nazareth: Essays in Honor of Mitchell Reddish,” was edited by Jaime Clark-Soles. After a brief biographical sketch of Reddish by department colleague Kandy Queen-Sutherland, eight articles focusing on different aspects of the book of Revelation follow. The authors contributing these studies are M. Eugene Boring, Richard B. Vinson, Jerry L. Sumney, David L. Barr, Tina Pippin, R. Scott Nash, and Greg Carey. The final article is an archaeologically-focused examination of the historical Jesus and the historical Galilee by R. Alan Culpepper. The issues concludes with a select bibliography of Reddish’s publications.

The paper copies should be shipping to NABPR members soon. Non-members or those who want a special copy Mikeal Parsons,Department of Religion, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97284, Waco, TX 76798 ().

 

 

NABPR Meeting Agenda Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting

NABPR Agenda 2018 PDF


The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion

21-23 May 2018
Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting
Gardner-Webb University
Boiling Springs, NC

11:50 Call to Order. Doug Weaver

11:55 Welcome from the Executive Secretary. Daniel Mynatt

12:00 Recognition of the Outgoing Senior Editor, PRSt.. Doug Weaver

12:05 Introduction of the Dissertation Scholarship Award . Doug Weaver

12:10 Recognition of Previous Dissertation Scholarship Award Recipients. Daniel Mynatt

12:15 Presentation of Mitchell Reddish Festschrift.. Scott Nash

12:25 Annual Business Session Doug Weaver, presiding

    1. Report of the Nominating Committee. Doug Weaver
    2. Election of Vice President
    3. PRSt New Publishing Arrangement. Mike Parsons
    4. Vote on the Constitutional Amendment.. Doug Weaver
    5. Report from the Executive Committee Daniel Mynatt
    6. Induction of New Members
    7. Upcoming Meetings
    8. Social Media Update. Adam D. J. Brett
    9. Miscellaneous business and announcements

12:30 Adjournment

A Proposal for Baylor University Press and the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion/Perspectives in Religious Studies

Background and Executive Summary

After twenty years of faithful service as Senior Editor of NABPR Publications, Dr. Scott Nash informed the PRSt editorial board last summer (2017) of his decision to relinquish that role in summer, 2018. We will honor Scott for his significant contributions to PRSt and NABPR publications at our meeting at Gardner-Webb in a few days.

We must also make new arrangements for the publication and distribution of the journal. With Scott’s departure, we also lose Mercer University’s generous institutional support in the production and distribution of PRSt, as well as housing the backlist inventory of the journal.

In consultation with Carey Newman, Director of Baylor University Press, the NABPR Executive Committee and PRSt editorial board propose that Baylor University Press assume all operational activities for Perspectives in Religious Studies, beginning with the fall issue of 2018. The main points of the proposed agreement include:

Financial. The cost of printing and distribution will shift to Baylor University Press (BUP). BUP will receive all revenues, beginning with the first journal issue produced by BUP. BUP will pay $1,500 to NABPR annually. BUP will absorb all costs of inventory. BUP will have the power to set institutional subscription fees and will manage library collections; NABPR retains jurisdiction over individual membership dues; individual membership to the NABPR will not be considered for determiningPRSt revenue, while institutional/library membership will.  PRSt will retain its current assets (including the publications endowment).

Journal Content. The PRSt editors and publication board will continue to have exclusive jurisdiction over the academic content of the journal and will manage all correspondence between prospective contributors and authors.

The Baylor University Press Faculty Advisory Committee has given provisional approval of the agreement (pending NABPR approval). The NABPR Executive Committee and PRSt Editorial Board jointly and unanimously recommend this proposal for approval by the NABPR members meeting at Gardner-Webb University on May 22, 2018.

Update: May 31, 2018

Announcing the new partnership between NABPR and Baylor University Press.

Announcing NABPR Forum

Good Afternoon NABPR:

As you are probably aware, we will vote on a Constitutional amendment at our Annual Meeting in May. The amendment pertains to public statements made on behalf of the NABPR.

Adam has set up a discussion forum on this topic. You can read the amendment, ask questions, or make comments.

In order to participate, please register at https://meta.nabpr.org. Once we ensure that the person signing-up is a member of NABPR, Adam will enable the account.

There are two screenshots below to assist. The first shows you where the Register button is, and the second shows you where the Constitutional amendment thread is located.

If you have questions, please let me know:

Danny Mynatt
Executive Secretary

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