All posts by Matthew Emerson

Matthew Y. Emerson (Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Dean of the Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

From Death to Life: A Theological Reflection on Marilynne Robinson’s Jack

In one sense, Marilynne Robinson’s Jack is a simple love story, one complicated by the harsh realities of Jim Crow, but still at bottom the beautifully quaint tale of how Jack Boughton and Della Miles met and fell in love...

/ February 4, 2021

A Review of Walter Strickland’s “Liberation and Black Theological Method”

By Matthew Emerson Walter R. Strickland II. “Liberation and Black Theological Method: A Historical Analysis.” Ph.D. Diss: University of Aberdeen, 2017. Summary Despite common historical pressures that gave rise to its distinctive tasks and goals, Black Theology is not a...

/ June 4, 2019

On Dogmatic Virtue

By Matthew Emerson Much of the current scholarship on theological method concerns itself with prolegomena and/or with practical matters like steps, tasks, and tools. This is right and good – dogmatic inquiry requires right philosophical and theological foundations and right...

/ August 16, 2018
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Sola Scriptura and Tradition: Friends or Foes?

By Matthew Emerson There are some colloquial ways that evangelicals of all stripes talk about doing theology. Phrases like, “give me chapter and verse,” “the Bible says it so I believe it,” and “the Bible tells me so” abound in...

/ May 14, 2018
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What Do We Do with Karl Barth?

I’m pleased to publish this guest post from Dr. Matthew Emerson. Recently, Christiane Tietz’ Theology Today article, “Karl Barth and Charlotte von Kirschbaum,” was a hot topic in one small corner of the internet, occupied mostly by academic theologians. Tietz’...

/ October 17, 2017