Interview with James Gorman on Race, Religion, and Society

After Mark Hamilton and Jeff Childers approached me about co-editing a book that would honor Doug Foster’s life and work, we quickly landed on the book’s angle of exploration. We asked authors to explore the intersection of American Christian history, race relations, and unity or division in the church. These topics are at the center of Doug’s life and work in the academy and church. So we proposed chapter topics that focused on specific eras of American history, all with one central question: how did race relations in that era affect unity or division among Christians?

Interview with Dr. Doug Foster on his forthcoming biography of Alexander Campbell

I was always struck by the persistent claims of Alexander Campbell’s seminal role in shaping the ethos of the churches of the Stone-Campbell Restoration movement. I didn’t doubt the claims—I made them too. But I was a little troubled that it didn’t seem anyone had thoroughly examined and analyzed Campbell’s complex personality at multiple levels. There almost seemed to be a “protective aura” around him, and previous biographies tended more toward hagiographical chronicling than critical analysis.

Interview with Dr. Christopher Hutson on Pastoral Epistles Commentary

When I began writing this commentary, two sets of issues had been on my mind for a long time. First, my doctoral dissertation (Yale, 1998) had focused on the rhetoric of youth in the Pastoral Epistles. In that study I had explored ancient stereotypes of youth and philosophical programs for training youth and had applied insights to a few key passages in the letters. So in the commentary, I wanted to apply insights from that study to a reading of the letters in toto.