Faculty Recognition

Steve HarmonDr. Steve Harmon, PhD.
Associate Professor of Historical Theology, School of Divinity

August 2018

Dr. Harmon served as the guest speaker for a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship-funded ministerial peer learning group retreat on the theme of Protestant-Catholic ecumenical dialogue in Elizabethtown, North Carolina on April 23. His journal article “What Have Baptist Professors of Religion to Do with Magisterium?” was published in Perspectives in Religious Studies 45, no. 1 (Spring 2018): 37-48. He presented two papers at the annual meeting of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion held at Gardner-Webb University May 21-23: "'Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak': The Promise of a Radical Baptist Way of Hearing. A Response to Ryan Andrew Newson’s Inhabiting the World: Identity, Politics, and Theology in Radical Baptist Perspective” and (co-presented with Amy L. Chilton) “Baptists Hearing Voices and Seeing Things: Imagining Radical Practices of Local Church Theology.” During the NABPR meeting Dr. Harmon was elected President of the organization for AY 2018-2019. He presented the paper "From Revolution to Retrenchment: The History of the Wake Forest University/Belmont Abbey College Ecumenical Institute, 1968-2018” at the annual joint meeting of the College Theology Society and the NABPR Region-at-Large at Saint Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, May 31-June 3. Dr. Harmon was the featured guest for a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Podcast live interview about his book Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future: Story, Tradition, and the Recovery of Community (Baylor University Press, 2016) during the CBF General Assembly in Dallas, Texas on June 15. He delivered a guest lecture on “Baptist Catholicity: What Is That? And Why Does It Matter to Baptists and Other Christians?” at Theologische Hochschule Elstal, the German Baptist theological seminary located near Berlin, Germany on June 29 (a summary in German of the lecture is available on the seminary website), and on July 4 he presented the report "Baptist-Catholic Bilateral Dialogue, Phase III (2017-2021): Progress Report from Year One; Update on Plans for Year Two and the Remainder of Phase III” during the meetings of the Baptist World Alliance Commission on Baptist Doctrine and Christian Unity in Zürich, Switzerland. Dr. Harmon also served as guest preacher for St. Andrews-by-the-Lake Chapel at Lake Toxaway, North Carolina on July 22 and Daybreak Community Church in Greenville, South Carolina on August 5.

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.