Faculty Recognition

Steve HarmonDR. STEVEN R. HARMON, Ph.D.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF HISTORICAL THEOLOGY, SCHOOL OF DIVINITY

January 2019

Dr. Harmon delivered the Presidential Address for the meeting of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion at the organization’s meeting in connection with the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in Denver, Colorado on November 17. His address, "Engaging James Wm. McClendon, Jr.’s Ecumenical Theology: Fifty Years after 'What Is a Southern Baptist Ecumenism?”’,” will be published in a future issue of the journal Perspectives in Religious Studies. Dr. Harmon serves as Co-Secretary for the Baptist-Catholic International Joint Commission, which held its most recent ecumenical dialogue meeting December 9-15 in Rome, Italy, hosted at the Vatican by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. The members of the Joint Commission had a brief visit with Pope Francis following the papal general audience that week. EthicsDaily.com published a two-part series of his reflections on the Baptist-Catholic dialogue meeting: “How Baptists, Catholics Have Pursued Common Ground: Part 1" (https://www.ethicsdaily.com/how-baptists-catholics-have-pursued-common-ground-part-1/), and “How Baptists, Catholics Have Pursued Common Ground: Part 2” (https://www.ethicsdaily.com/how-baptists-catholics-have-pursued-common-ground-part-2/). He served as guest preacher in the Sunday morning worship service at Ross Grove Baptist Church in Shelby on January 13 and led a Christian formation study on “Baptist Identity, the Whole Church, and God’s Future” in connection with the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at Peakland Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia on January 20. Dr. Harmon has been invited to serve as the 2019 Carlyle Marney Lecturer at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee in October 2019.

October 2018

Dr. Harmon served as a keynote speaker for the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts National Conference on the theme “Robust and Receptive Ecumenism” at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, October 12-14. He presented an address titled “Receptive Ecumenism and the Reconstruction of Christian Identity in Christian Higher Education” and participated in a plenary panel discussion with two other keynote speakers for the conference. Dr. Harmon also had two journal articles published: “‘Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak’: The Promise of a Radical Baptist Way of Hearing,” Perspectives in Religious Studies 45, no. 3 (Fall 2018): 327-33, and “A Eucharistically-Malnourished Baptist’s Desire for Intercommunion,” Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society 45, no. 2 (2018): 25-28.


Previous Recognition

Dr. Harmon contributed the chapter "The Subjection of All Things in Christ: The Christocentric Universalism of Gregory of Nyssa (331/340-c. 395)" to "All Shall Be Well": Explorations in Universal Salvation and Christian Theology, from Origen to Moltmann, ed. Gregory MacDonald (Eugene, Ore.: Cascade Books, 2011), pp. 47-65, which was published in January. His article "One Baptism": A Study Text for Baptists" was published in Baptist World: A Magazine of the Baptist World Alliance 58, no. 1 (January/March 2011): 9-10. His article "The Baptist Passion for Christian Unity" was published in Baptists Today 29, no. 1 (January 2011): 25. His article "The Goal of Baptist-Catholic Dialogue" was published by Associated Baptist Press (December 22, 2010).

 

He delivered the guest lecture "Ecumenical Theology and/as Systematic Theology" to the Theology and Ethics Seminar of the graduate program in theology at Durham University, Durham, U.K. on December 8. He served as a member of the Baptist delegation to the Baptist World Alliance/Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity joint international commission, which met at Regent's Park College, Oxford University, Oxford, U.K. December 12-18. He has just completed an eight-week study on the theme "Spiritual--and Religious: The Faith That Forms the Faithful in Every Age" for the Genesis Class at First Baptist Church of Marion, North Carolina, from January 2 through February 20.

 

Dr. Harmon has been invited to serve as one of two consultants (along with David S. Bebbington of Stirling University in Scotland) for the Young Scholars in the Baptist Academy seminar on "Baptists and History" July 26-30, 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic, where he will deliver one of the two keynote lectures on a topic related to current research. He served as a member of a three-person committee charged with selecting the recipient of the 2011 National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. He was also invited to serve as a panelist for a conference on "Christian Life and Witness: From the Academy to the Church" at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky, January 23-24, 2012. This is the inaugural event of the Center for Christian Discernment at Georgetown College. He has just completed leading an eight-week study on the theme "Spiritual--and Religious: The Faith That Forms the Faithful in Every Age" for the Genesis Class (a Sunday School class with an endowment to provide for guest teachers) at First Baptist Church of Marion, North Carolina (final session on February 20). He preached at First Baptist Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland on February 27.

 

Steve Harmon,  2011-2012

Dr. Harmon’s article "Qualitative Catholicity in the Ignatian Correspondence--and the New Testament: The Fallacies of a Restorationist Hermeneutic" was published in the journal Perspectives in Religious Studies vol. 38, no. 1 (Spring 2011), pp. 33-45.


Dr. Harmon has contributed seven articles to the The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (4 vols.), ed. George Thomas Kurian (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011): “Clement of Alexandria”; “Desert Fathers”; “Dogmatic Theology”; “Gregory of Nyssa”; “Liturgical Theology”; “Patristics”; and “Universalism.” His article "Christian Unity as Christ's Victory, and Our Task" was published by Associated Baptist Press (January 11, 2012) (http://www.abpnews.com/content/view/7059/9/). He presented on the topic "Academic Witness Within the Church: 'Excluding No Light from Any Source'" as a member of a panel on "Academic Witness to the Church" at the conference Christian Life & Witness: From the Academy to the Church, sponsored by the Center for Christian Discernment and Academic Leadership at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky, January 23-24. On January 22, he preached in the Sunday morning worship service at Lyndon Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He also led a workshop on grassroots ecumenical engagement based on his book Ecumenism Means You, Too: Ordinary Christians and the Quest for Christian Unity, sponsored by the Ecumenical Ministries Committee of Eastern Area Community Churches in Louisville, Kentucky. Finally, he preached the homily for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity service sponsored by Eastern Area community Ministries in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

Steve Harmon, 2012-2013

Dr. Harmon has been invited to serve as a member of the Contributing Editorial Board of the Pacific Journal of Baptist Research published by the New Zealand Baptist Research Society and the R. J. Thompson Centre for Theological Studies at Carey Baptist College, Auckland, New Zealand. The Associated Baptist Press has invited him to contribute a regular blog post column in the area of Theology to a new ABP News Blog that will launch on May 14. He was guest preacher for the Sunday morning worship service at Covenant Baptist Church in Gastonia on April 15 and was hosted by the Baptist House of Studies at Duke University Divinity School as the guest for a discussion of his book Towards Baptist Catholicity: Essays on Tradition and the Baptist Vision (Paternoster, 2006) by students in a course in Free Church Theology on April 20.