The Open Access Dissertations and Theses Collection consists of electronic versions of dissertations and theses produced by students of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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  • "The Fountain of Life": John Gill’s Doctrine of Christ's Eternal Sonship 

    Swan, Jonathan E. (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2021-12-02)
    John Gill believed that without the doctrine of eternal generation the doctrine of the Trinity could not be upheld. For Gill, this doctrine provided the foundation for the distinctions between the persons within the Godhead ...
  • Persons According to Essence 

    Floriani, Wagner Canfield (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2021-11-27)
    In the classical Christian tradition, personhood is a concept employed to distinguish the members in the Trinity while simultaneously affirming their oneness of being. Yet, this is a term applied to both human beings and ...
  • Word and Spirit in Francis Turretin and Jean Claude 

    Marquis, Alexandre (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2021-12-01)
    This dissertation examines the doctrine of the Word and the Spirit in the theology of two important Reformed pastors and theologians of the seventeenth century Francis Turretin (1623–1687) and Jean Claude (1619–1687), who ...
  • Reconsidering the Aspect of Fear/Power in Evangelism and Missions 

    Wang, John Yongmin (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Missions and Evangelism, 2021-11-29)
    The cultural aspects of guilt/innocence, shame/honor, and fear/power have received much attention since the twentieth century. While theologians in Western contexts have considered the guilt/innocence aspect and missiologists ...
  • The Formative Wisdom of the "Bread of Life" Discourse 

    Kidder, Nathan Samuel (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2021-12-02)
    The Bible is a wisdom text. This provocative thesis statement defines the purpose of Jeffrey de Waal Dryden’s book, "A Hermeneutic of Wisdom" and drives its content forward in terms of telos, ethical trajectory, and moral ...
  • Benjamin Wallin: A Respectable Minister's Proclamation of the Gospel in Eighteenth-Century London 

    Cook, Joshua Hawkins (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2021-12-06)
    This dissertation introduces the work of the eighteenth-century Particular Baptist London minister Benjamin Wallin. After providing an overview of Wallin's life and ministry, the dissertation turns to an examination of his ...
  • The Laying On of Hands As a Paradigm for Ecclesiastical Ordination: A Biblical, Historical, and Theological Study 

    Galla, Patrick Thomas (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2021-12-04)
    The tradition of the laying on of hands (LOH) can be ambiguous in both essence and practice. Further, the contemporary evangelical church and the academy lack a robust understanding its significance in both orthodoxy and ...
  • The Mind of Christ: The Intellectual Virtue of Φρόνησις in Paul's Letters 

    Feix, Mathew Cole (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2021-12-01)
    In Paul's letters, there is an epistemic difference between those who are in Christ and those who are not, characterized by the uniquely Christian practice of the intellectual virtue of φρόνησις, or practical wisdom. Over ...
  • The Encroachment of Secularism Among Young Ecuadorian Cuencano Mestizos 

    Winfrey, James Howard (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Missions and Evangelism, 2021-11-30)
    In this dissertation I purpose to identify key indicators of contemporary secularization discovered through literary resources documenting the rise of secularism in Western culture from the Middle Ages to the present day. ...
  • Vessels of Wrath: A Biblical-Theological Study of Divine Reprobating Activity 

    Blaylock, Richard Ryan Monserrat (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2021-11-29)
    Divine Reprobating Activity (DRA) may be defined as any exercise of divine agency intended to efficaciously influence responsible creatures towards behavior that merits divine condemnation so that they do in fact experience ...
  • Identity and Agency in the Crisis at Antioch: A Comparative Study of Galatians 2:11–21 and Selected Second Temple Jewish Texts 

    Pervaiz, Keneth (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2021-11-23)
    This dissertation examines the mixed table-fellowship conflict between Paul and Peter at Antioch in Galatians 2:11–21 in light of the divine and human agency model. This project argues that Paul’s confrontation with Peter ...
  • The Joy of Assurance As the Essence and Expression of John Flavel’s Spirituality 

    Strickland, Jeff (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2021-11-23)
    The main goal of this dissertation is to contribute to the field of biblical spirituality by demonstrating the link between John Flavel’s understanding of the doctrine of assurance and his pursuit of joy. Joy is the hallmark ...
  • The Worship-Discipleship Nexus: Integrating Worship Practice and a Discipleship Pathway 

    Vitarelli, Chad Michael (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Missions and Evangelism, 2021-11-12)
    The intent of this study is to learn from exemplar church leaders who recognize significant convergence between the biblical aims of corporate worship and Christian discipleship. By observing the planning practices of these ...
  • "An Engine of Destruction": Andrew Fuller's Response to Antinomianism 

    Stewart, Matthew Paul (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2021-11-19)
    Andrew Fuller was arguably one of the most important theological figures of the Long Eighteenth–Century. While his written responses to High Calvinism, Socinianism, Sandemanianism, and Deism are well known, Fuller’s response ...
  • One Position, Two Administrations: Exploring the Theological Overlap Between 1689 Federalism and Progressive Covenantalism 

    Johnson, Blake (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2021-11-17)
    This thesis examines the common ground between 1689 Federalism andProgressive Covenantalism, which warrants a closer identification between the two than currently exists. I demonstrate that Progressive Covenantalism carves ...
  • The Lamblike Servant: Exodus Typology and the Death of Jesus in the Gospel of John 

    Christensen, David Vincent (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2021-11-13)
    Amidst the veritable flood of material written concerning the gospel of John, interpreters have written comparatively little concerning John's use of new exodus imagery. George Balentine's 1962 article, The Death of Jesus ...
  • The Utilization of a Theology of Human Embodiment to Address Body Image 

    Greer, Jennifer (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2021-11-09)
    Despite the reality that spiritual aspects of the Christian faith are lived through the physical body, Christians historically neglected the body and elevated the soul. Old Testament believers valued body and soul, while ...
  • God’s Imposition: The Centrality of Vocation in the Spirituality of William Perkins 

    Grimes, Dee (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2021-11-03)
    William Perkins (1558–1602) was a significant figure in the post-Reformation Church of England. Contemporary scholars call him the “father of Puritanism” for his pursuit of spiritual reform through preaching and teaching. ...
  • Ethnic Representation Among Pastors of Ecuadorian International Churches: A Multi-Case Study 

    Small, Michael Douglas, Jr. (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Missions and Evangelism, 2021-11-06)
    Ethnically representative leadership in the local church is an application of the equality of believers through our shared union in Christ and the fact that we are created in the image of God. Such leadership models have ...
  • Evaluating High School Church Curricula via the Danielson Framework for Teaching: A Quantitative Approach 

    Wilkerson, Lindsey Brook (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2021-11-02)
    The purpose of this qualitative study was to evaluate current evangelical small group or Sunday school curricula for high school students using the Danielson Framework for Teaching (FFT). The literature review revealed ...

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