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T. B. Maston

Used courtesy of Dr. Paul D. Brewer, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion (1958-1995)

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From 1922-1963, Dr. Maston was professor of Christian ethics at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.

A native of New Market, TN, Dr. Maston was born in Jefferson County on November 26, 1897. He graduated from Carson-Newman College in 1920 with a bachelor of arts degree and was awarded an honorary doctor of letters (Litt.D.) by CNC in 1958. The honorary doctorate from his alma mater came in the midst of an exceptionally prolific and influential lifetime as teacher, writer and denominational “conscience” among Southern Baptists.

Following graduation from Carson-Newman, Maston attended Southwestern Seminary receiving a master of religious education degree in 1923 and the doctorate in religious education in 1925. Further study produced the master of arts degree from Texas Christian University in 1927 and a doctor of philosophy degree in 1939 from Yale University. Later Maston also studied at the University of North Carolina and the University of Chicago.

As professor at Southwestern Seminary for over 40 years, he influenced deeply the lives of thousands of ministers. His mentorship is directly traceable in the lives of men like Bill Moyers, PBS journalist; Foy Valentine, former executive secretary of the Christian Life Commission; Jimmy Allen, former SBC president; James Dunn, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs; Bill Pinson, executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas; Guy Greenfield and Bill Tillman, ethics professors at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Maston produced scores of articles and wrote 23 books in the area of Christian ethics and Christian development.

True to the Baptist heritage of matching Bible-centered beliefs and Christ-honoring behavior, Maston led in the movement among Southern Baptists for racial desegregation. Writing on the subject as early as 1927, Maston published two books in 1959 urging Baptists toward integration as the proper Christian stance. One of Dr. Maston’s favorite scriptures was 1 John 2:6 – “He who says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way in which He walked.” And until his death in Fort Worth on May 2, 1988, T. B. Maston always challenged himself and others in the Baptist tradition to live out an authentically Christ-like ethic.

In the lectures named for him and sponsored by the Center for Baptist Studies Steeple Committee, Carson-Newman College celebrates the life of Dr. T. B. Maston – genuine human being, authentic Baptist, and devoted follower of Jesus Christ.

T. B. Maston Lecture Speakers

1990 Bill J. Leonard
1991 Leon McBeth
1992 Walter Shurden (*Spring ’92)
1992 Scott Walker (*Fall ’92)
1993 (None)
1994 Sarah Frances Anders
1995 William M. Pinson, Jr.
1996 Fred Anderson
1997 Will D. Campbell
1998 Anthony Campolo
1999 Dennis Covington
2000 Bill J. Leonard
2001 John Porter
2002 Michael Eric Dyson (canceled)
2003 Calvin O. Butts
2004 J. Brent Walker
2005 Fisher Humphreys
2006 Nancy Ammerman
2007 Tony Campolo
2008 David Gushee
2009 Paul Rauschenbush
2010 John Tarpley

2011 Brian Harris


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