FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary simultaneously released two new editions of the Southwestern Journal of Theology this summer.

“We at Southwestern are convinced that a journal can reflect the best in technical, scholarly works and remain vital to the life of the churches,” Paige Patterson, seminary president and editor-in-chief of the journal, writes in his introduction to the new editions. He also introduces Malcolm B. Yarnell III as the new managing editor of the Southwestern Journal of Theology. Yarnell serves as an associate professor of systematic theology and as director for Southwestern’s Center for Theological Research.
In the first of these two new editions of the journal, three young scholars from Southwestern Seminary discuss British Baptist theology and introduce rare, but significant, historical writings transcribed in the journal. W. Madison Grace II, a Doctor of Philosophy student, introduces the first critical edition of An Orthodox Creed, a late 17th century confession of General Baptists. A. Chadwick Mauldin, a Master of Arts in Theology student, introduces a Dialogue Between the Baptist and the Presbyterian, originally written by the 17th century General Baptist, Thomas Grantham. Colin McGahey, a Master of Divinity student, introduces Slavery Inconsistent with the Spirit of Christianity, a sermon written by 18th century Particular Baptist leader, Robert Robinson.
According to Yarnell, this edition will help Baptists gain “a fuller understanding of their history than what may currently be in vogue.” The Baptist tradition, he writes, consists of unity and diversity. It is the responsibility of Baptist academics to faithfully convey the whole scope of Baptist history in order to inform Baptist theology and edify the church. In order to fulfill this goal, for example, the journal features republished documents from both the General and Particular Baptist traditions.
The second newly released edition of the Southwestern Journal of Theology contains papers presented at Southwestern Seminary’s third annual Baptist Distinctives Conference on the family in Sept. 2007. “With a pedigree stretching back to at least the seventeenth century and a need to witness to a corrupt culture, Southern Baptists at the turn of the twenty-first century rose to the challenge of teaching the family from a biblical perspective,” Yarnell writes in his editorial comments to this edition of the journal. In 1998, Southern Baptists stood for a biblical view of the family by adding an article, titled “The Family,” to the Baptist Faith and Message. This edition of the journal, Yarnell writes, is intended to promote the biblical model for the family in the local church, as well as to be used in Southwestern Seminary classes, such as “The Christian Home.”
In this issue, Russell Moore, dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, urges believers to set themselves apart from the culture by adopting a biblical and Christ-centered view of sexual morality. Evan Lenow, director for the Riley Center at Southwestern Seminary, re-examines Romans 1:26-27 to refute interpreters who have used the passage to support homosexuality. Yarnell offers a theological, historical and practical perspective on upholding God’s Word in the home. John M. Yeats, an adoptive parent and an assistant professor of church history at Southwestern, presents a biblical view of adoption and challenges evangelicals to take a greater part in caring for orphans. Thomas White, vice president for student services and communications at Southwestern, exposes the absence and abuse of male leadership in the present day. He also urges believers to adopt a biblical view of male leadership for the home, the church and society.
To order a copy of these two editions of the Southwestern Journal of Theology, contact the Editorial Assistant at P.O. Box 22608, Fort Worth, Texas 76122 or by e-mail at Yarnell’s editorials and one essay from each edition of journal may be viewed on, a Web site of Southwestern’s Center for Theological Research.