Ashford, Bruce Riley
Professor of Theology and Culture
Provost and Dean of Faculty


Program: Graduate     Discipline: Theology     Area: Theological Studies    

Teaching Since: 2002

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Bachelor of Arts, Campbell University (May 1996)
Master of Divinity, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (June 2000)
Doctor of Philosophy, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (December 2003)

Teaching Goals

Southeastern is an educational institution in the Baptist tradition of historical Christianity. We are heirs to a rich biblical, confessional, and theological heritage. My goal is to expound that heritage in such a way that our students will be drawn to it and understand it more fully, thereby coming to a renewed commitment to God and his gospel. In so doing, I encourage our students to bear witness to the truth, goodness, and beauty of the gospel, to show the world its reasonableness, and to work out its implications in all facets of their lives and in all dimensions of culture. My further goal is to encourage our students to be willing to bear witness to the gospel wherever God may send them, whether to Jerusalem, or Judea and Samaria, or to the uttermost parts of the Earth.

Reading Recommendation

Augustine, City of God
Blaise Pascal, Pensees
John R. W. Stott, The Cross of Christ
J. I. Packer, Knowing God
John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad
J. L. Dagg, Manual of Theology
Balthasar Hubmaier, “On the Christian Baptism of Believers”
G. K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man
C. S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces
Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose


  • “The Church as God’s Missional People,” co-authored with Danny Akin, in John Hammett and Ben Merkle, eds., “Those Who Must Give an Account: A Study of Church Membership and Church Discipline” (Nashville: B&H, 2012).
  • The Theology and Practice of Mission, Bruce Riley Ashford, ed. (Nashville: B&H, 2011).
  • “A SBC Vision for the Fulfillment of the Great Commission,” co-authored with Danny Akin in Larry McDonald and Matt Queen, eds., A Passion for the Great Commission: Essays in Honor of Alvin L. Reid, (Nashville: CrossBooks, 2011).
  • “Meaning, Reference, and Textuality: An Evangelical Appropriation of Hans Frei,” in The Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 28:2 (November 2010).
  • “Theologically-Driven Missiology,” in Chuck Lawless and Adam W. Greenway, eds., The Great Commission Resurgence: Fulfilling God's Mandate in Our Time (Nashville: B&H, 2010).
  • Review of The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future, by Vali Nasr. Iran & The Caucuses 12:2 (2008): 407-410.
  • “Fundamental Questions for Maintaining a Stable Society,” forthcoming in Analele Universitãtii Din Craiova, Anul XI, nr. (November 2009).
  • “Hans Frei,” “George Lindbeck,” “David Tracy,” and “Ludwig Wittgenstein,” forthcoming in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization.
  • “Stanley Hauerwas” and “James Wm. McClendon, Jr.,” forthcoming in The Hendrickson Encyclopedia of Christian Literature.)
  • “Wittgenstein’s Theologians? A Survey of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Influence on Theology.” The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 50, no.2 (June 2007) 357-75.
  • “Worldview, Anthropology, and Gender: A Call to Broaden the Parameters of the Discussion.” The Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood XII, Issue 1 (Spring 2007) 7-9.
  • “Wittgenstein’s Impact on Anglo-American Theology: Representative Models of Response to Wittgenstein’s Later Writings” (Ph.D diss., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, December 2003)

  • Research Interests

    Philosophy (History of Philosophy, Apologetics), Theology (Contemporary Theology, Theological Method, Theology and Culture), Intercultural Studies (Islam, Folk Religion, International Affairs)


    Honorary Doctorate, University of Constantin Brancusi, Targu-Jiu, Romania (October 2007).
    Co-Recipient of a creative teaching grant from Yale Divinity School’s Center for Faith and Culture.

    Society Memberships

    Member of American Academy of Religion
    Member of Evangelical Philosophical Society
    Member of Evangelical Theological Society
    Member of Evangelical Missiological Society
    Member of American Philosophical Association
    Member of Society of Christian Philosophers

    Courses Taught

        SPRING 2018
            THE9900Seminar on Contemporary Theology
            THE9943Church & Cultural Context
            THM8590Th.M. Thesis

        JANUARY 2018
            MIS9950Missiological Foundations

        FALL 2017
            HOI1110The Hist. of Ideas I: Intro. to the HOI
            HOI3530Seminar in History & Politics
            PHI3535Readings in Political Philosophy

        SPRING 2017
            THE6750Introduction to Theology & Culture

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