I have never been to the annual meeting of The Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). This year it is being held in Baltimore from November 19-21. The theme is biblical authority. Traditionally the ETS meets a few days before the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion(AAR). I just learned this today.
Since I may need to go to Baltimore for the AAR (Baker Academic wants to shoot some promotional video for Why Study History?), I thought I would check out the ETS program to see if any papers caught my eye. A few did. And here they are:
John Wilsey, “American Pietas: Considering the Theological Problem of American Exceptionalism”
Gary Steward, “The Development of American Evangelicalism and the American Revolution: Insights from Reformed Political Thought”
Peter Enns, “Abandoning Inerrancy is Necessary for Evangelical Integrity”
Kevin Vanhoozer, “Augustinian Inerrancy: A Well-Versed Account”
John Woodbridge “The Biblical Inerrancy Historiography: A House of Cards Ready to Tumble”
Todd Mangum, “The Co-Development of Inerrancy and Dispensational Premillennialism in Early Fundamentalism”
Miles Mullin II, “When Inerrancy Failed: Twentieth-Century Evangelicals and Race in America”
Nathan Finn, “John R. Rice, Bob Jones Jr, and the ‘Mechanical Dictation’ Controversy: Finalizing the Fracturing of Independent Fundamentalism”
Gregory A. Wills, “Southern Baptists, Southern Seminary, and the Battle over Inerrancy”
Richard Pierard, “Problems Besetting the Evangelical Left: Why the ‘Moral Minority’ Could Not Become a Majority: Observations of a Participant Observer.”
Chris Gehrz, “The Global Reflex: An International Historian Appraises David Swartz’s Moral Minority.”
Douglas Sweeney, “Jonathan Edwards on the Character of Scritpture (and Its Readers).
A couple of observations after reading this program:
1. I did not realize that the whole debate over biblical inerrancy that raged within evangelicalism in the 1970s and 1980s has not disappeared, although it looks like a lot of evangelical church historians have chosen to examine this debate as a historical phenomenon rather than as a theological issue.
2. I was really struck by just how white and male the ETS is.
Joshua Wooden says
I'm surprised that Pete Enns is even allowed to speak at ETS, and wasn't booted out. I wish I could go.
Miles S. Mullin, II says
Hope to see you there, John.
John Fea says
Wish I could be there, Miles. Too early in the week for me to justify. I may be at the AAR on Saturday to do some stuff with Baker. I hope the paper goes well.
John Fea says
I don't know much about Enns or his scholarship, largely because I am not a biblical scholar and usually don't follow these debates too closely. I did meet him last year while he was adjuncting at Messiah College.