This is the third post in a three-part blog series on recent trends in Andrew Fuller Studies. My first post focused on important works from the twentieth century. Yesterday’s post was dedicated to key scholarly writings published since the turn of the twenty-first century. In today’s post, I will discuss other aspects of the renaissance of Fuller Studies that is currently underway.
Reprinted primary sources have made Fuller’s writings very accessible to scholars and other readers. In 1988, Sprinkle Publications reprinted a three-volume edition of The Complete Works of Andrew Fuller, which had been first published by the American Baptist Publication Society in 1845. Tom Nettles wrote an introduction to the first volume. The “Sprinkle Edition” was both a fruit of the renewed interest in Fuller Studies and a catalyst for introducing many scholars and thoughtful pastors to Fuller and his legacy. In 2007, Banner of Truth reprinted a one-volume edition of The Works of Andrew Fuller (see right), which covered the same material as the more expensive Sprinkle Edition. The “Banner Edition” included a short introduction by Michael Haykin. Solid Ground Christian Books also reprinted several individual works written by Fuller, including his Memoir of Samuel Pearce (2005), The Backslider (2005), and Expository Discourses on the Book of Genesis (2009).
Several semi-scholarly or popular works related to Fuller have been published in recent years. In 2001, Haykin compiled and edited a helpful introduction to Fuller’s spirituality. In 2007, John Piper gave a biographical talk on Fuller at the Desiring God Pastor’s Conference. Piper’s talk was subsequently published as an e-book in 2012 titled I Will God Down If You Will Hold the Rope (Desiring God, 2012). Numerous blogs and primary source websites include material related to Fuller. Though currently dormant, The Elephant of Kettering was a multi-author blog dedicated to Fuller Studies. Several of the contributors were established scholars in Fuller Studies or went on to write dissertations related to Fuller.
Since 2007, The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies (AFCBS) at Southern Seminary has generated much of the interest in Fuller Studies, particularly in North America. The AFCBS hosts an annual conference, several of which have been dedicated to Fuller Studies. The proceedings of the conferences are due to be published beginning in 2013. Several of those collections of essays will include material related to Fuller, some exclusively so. Forthcoming volumes that will include one or more chapters related to Fuller include Andrew Fuller: The Reader (2007 conference), Baptists and the Cross (2010 conference), Baptists and War (2011 conference), and Andrew Fuller and His Friends (2012 conference). The 2013 AFCBS conference will focus on the topic of Fuller and Theological Controversy.
In addition to the annual conferences and related books, The Fuller Center also publishes a scholarly journal. The former journal, Eusebia, published several Fuller-related articles and dedicated one entire issue to the theologian. The Fuller Center’s current journal, The Andrew Fuller Review, will soon transition into a refereed scholarly journal focused on Fuller Studies and related topics.
By far the most important development in Fuller Studies is the forthcoming scholarly edition of the Works of Andrew Fuller. This multi-volume project is sponsored by the AFCBS and will be published by Walter de Gruyter. Each volume will include a critical edition of one or more of Fuller’s writings, critical annotations, extensive indices, and a substantial scholarly introductory essay. The model for the project is the Yale University Press edition of the Works of Jonathan Edwards. Haykin serves as the general editor of the Works of Andrew Fuller. Volume editors include Haykin, Tom Nettles, Robert Oliver, Ryan West, Nathan Finn, Chris Chun, Steve Weaver, Stephen Holmes, and Michael McMullen, among others. Lord willing, the first volumes will begin appearing in late 2013 or early 2014.