Christianity arose within human history and inevitably is set within the flux of history; and Christian theology and ministry are inevitably done within historical and cultural context. For this reason, Southeastern offers undergraduate courses in global history, Western history, and American history; and offers both undergraduate and graduate level courses in church history and Baptist history. In so doing, we provide students the opportunity to explore the place of Christian persons, institutions, ideas, and movements within history, and to comprehend the social, cultural, and institutional factors shaping the church throughout history.
Toward that end, students may study with the following instructors at Southeastern:
Brent Aucoin (Ph.D. University of Arkansas) is Associate Professor of History and Associate Dean, The College at Southeastern, the author of A Rift in the Clouds: Race and the Southern Federal Judiciary, 1901-1910 (University of Arkansas Press), and has published articles in the The Historian and The Arkansas Historical Quarterly. He is a specialist in post-Civil War American History and in LSU football, Les Miles being his favorite orator. Dr. Aucoin is known for his dry wit, as well as for being an impeccably well-prepared classroom instructor.
Nathan Finn (Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Baptist Studies and is the co-editor of Domestic Slavery Considered as a Scriptural Institution (Mercer, 2008), assistant editor of The Journal of Baptist Studies, and editor of Strictures on Sandemanianism in The Works of Andrew Fuller (Paternoster, forthcoming). He has also contributed to Calvinism: A Southern Baptist Dialogue (B&H, 2008) and Southern Baptist Identity: An Evangelical Denomination Faces the Future (Crossway, 2009). Dr. Finn teaches courses in church history, Baptist history, and historical theology. He is known for many things-beards, bowties, Bulldogs, etc.-but none more significant than his being extraordinarily gifted as a writer and a classroom instructor.
Keith Harper (Ph.D., University of Kentucky) is Professor of Baptist Studies and is the author of The Quality of Mercy: Southern Baptists and Social Christianity, 1890-1920 (The University of Alabama Press) and co-author with Steve McKinion of Then and Now: A Compilation and Celebration of Fifty Years at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary), and is the editor of several works including American Denominational History: Perspectives on the Past, Prospects for the Future (The University of Alabama Press) and Send the Light: Lottie Moon’s Letters and Other Writings (Mercer University Press). Dr. Harper is known as a meticulous researcher, a top-shelf historian, and a publishing machine.
Steve McKinion (Ph.D., King’s College, University of Aberdeen) is Associate Professor of Theology and Patristic Studies and the author of Words, Imagery, and the Mystery of Christ: A Reconstruction of Cyril of Alexandria’s Christology (Brill), the Reformation Commentary on Scripture: Isaiah (IVP, forthcoming), and Invitation to Historical Theology (Kregel, forthcoming), and the editor of Isaiah 1-39 in the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture Series (IVP) and Life and Practice of the Early Church: A Documentary Reader (NYU Press). Dr. McKinion is the pastor of New Covenant Fellowship. Furthermore, he is the Doogie Howser of the theological world, having finished his PhD at the University of Aberdeen in just over a year’s time, being hired to teach at SEBTS when he still looked like he was 14 years old. He is known as an excellent preacher, classroom instructor, and writer.
Amanda Aucoin (Ph.D., University of Arkansas) is Adjunctive Professor of History in the College at Southeastern and expert in Russian history. Her dissertation, entitled “Deconstructing the American Way of Life: Soviet-American Cultural Relations and the Soviet Response to American Information Activity in the Khrushchev Years” equips her as an expert teacher in Russian History, 20th Century Europe, and Western Civilization; she also teaches in the Women’s Studies track. She is also a fan of the purple and gold tigers, but of the Ouachita Baptist (her alma mater) variety.
The College at Southeastern is distinctive for its emphasis on history. The core curriculum of the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies is highlighted by the History of Ideas sequence – 12 hours dedicated to the development of the great ideas of civilization and the most pertinent works in that development. On top of this strong base, the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies and History double major teaches the student to comprehend and critically evaluate the present through a biblically-informed understanding of the past. The student will examine the story of humanity, develop reading, writing, and research skills, and learn how to study history from a Christian perspective. In the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies one can also minor in History to obtain a foundational knowledge of American history and the history of Christianity in the West.
The core of the M.Div. at Southeastern includes two courses in Church History spanning the Patristic to Modern eras and a course in Baptist History. The tracks within the M.Div. then build upon this historical base to equip students for vocational ministry. The M.Div. with Pastoral Ministry is the flagship degree of Southeastern and is centered in theology in biblical and historical perspective. Its intent is to prepare students for pastoral ministry with the sort of training befitting that call. The M.Div. with Christian Ministry is the most flexible program at Southeastern and prepares one to serve in a number of contexts of full-time ministry. Another example is the M.Div. with Missiology which includes a course in the history of Christian missions. Thus, Southeastern recognizes the significance of historical context for right study and application of theology, mission, and ministry.
The Th.M. at Southeastern is a post-M.Div. degree designed to build leaders through personal mentoring by the faculty and can be taken in a thesis or non-thesis track. The Th.M. in Theological Studies with a specialization in Church History prepares one either for doctoral study in church history or for ministry in a local church or on a mission field.
The Ph.D. in Theological Studies with a concentration in Church History prepares students to teach church history in general and specific eras of that history (Patristic, Medieval, Reformation, Modern) in particular to college or seminary students, and to write at the scholarly level and for the church on church history from an explicitly evangelical perspective. SEBTS PhD students determine their research focus by way of their supervisor in the area of church history. The Southeastern library holds a large collection of early American and British works, especially in Baptist history making it an excellent resource for primary source research in history.
We invite you to study with our History faculty in the B.A., M.Div., Th.M., or Ph.D. programs of Southeastern. For more info visit our website (http://www.sebts.edu/ or http://www.sebts.edu/college/) and check out the Admissions and Academics links.