Gerald R. McDermott
Anglican Chair of Divinity
Beeson Divinity School
History and Doctrine
Office: Divinity Hall 
Email: gmcdermo@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-4375

Gerald R. McDermott joined the Beeson Divinity school faculty in 2015 as the Anglican Professor of Divinity, and teaches in the areas of history and doctrine, world religions, Anglican studies and Jonathan Edwards. He is the author, co-author or editor of many books, including A Trinitarian Theology of Religions(with Harold Netland),  Jonathan Edwards Confronts the GodsThe New Christian Zionism: Fresh Perspectives on Israel and the LandIsrael Matters: Why Christians Must Think Differently about the People and the LandCancer: A Medical and Spiritual Guide for Patients and their Families, and Famous Stutterers. His academic research focus has been three-fold: Jonathan Edwards, Christian understandings of other religions, and the meaning of Israel. As a renowned Edwards scholar, McDermott has produced six books on Edwards; his Theology of Jonathan Edwards (coauthored with Michael McClymond) won Christianity Today’s 2013 award for Top Book in Theology/Ethics. Before coming to Beeson, he was the Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion at Roanoke College since 2008 and on faculty since 1989. An Anglican priest, he is teaching pastor at Christ the King Anglican Church, and is married to Jean. Together they have three sons and twelve grandchildren.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • M.R.E., Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary
  • B.S., North Dakota State University
  • B.A., University of Chicago

Books

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Types in History,” Bibliotheca Sacra 175 (October-December 2018), 398-410.
  • “Types in Nature: Jonathan Edwards on Typology,” Bibliotheca Sacra 175 (July-September 2018), 271-83.
  • “Jonathan Edwards on property, liberty, and the national covenant,” Journal of Markets and Morality 21:2 (Fall 2018), 259-70.
  • “Jonathan Edwards: Preaching the Beauty of Holiness,” in Benjamin K. Forrest et al, eds., A Legacy of Preaching: The Life, Theology, and Method of History’s Greatest Preachers, 2 vols. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2018), 1: 459-78.
  • “Was Jonathan Edwards an Evangelical? Scripture and Tradition in America’s Theologian,” in Barshinger and Sweeney, Jonathan Edwards and Scripture (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018), 233-48.
  • “Jonathan Edwards on the Affections and the Spirit,” in Amos Yong and Dale Coulter, eds., The Spirit, the Affections, and the Christian Tradition(Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2016), 279-92.
  • “A Serious Call to Devout and Holy Dialogue: Going Deeper in Interfaith Discussions,” in Richard Mouw and Robert Millet, eds., Talking Doctrine: Mormons and Evangelicals in Conversation (IVP, 2015), 41-50.
  • “Guided by the Great Cloud: Why Tradition Is Vital for Understanding Scripture,” Christianity Today 58:9 (Nov 2014), 54-57.
  • “The Emerging Divide in Evangelical Theology,” in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 56:2 (June 2013), 355-77.
  • (with Michael McClymond) “Jonathan Edwards and the Future of Global Christianity,” in Theology Today 69:4 (January 2013), 478-85. 
  • “Jesus, Paul, and Israel’s Covenant: What Can Christians and Jews Learn from One Another?” in Robert Jenson and Eugene Korn, eds., Covenant and Hope: Christian and Jewish Reflections (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012), 19-40.
  • “Nathanael Emmons and the Decline of Edwardsean Theology,” in Doug Sweeney and Oliver Crisp, eds.,  After Jonathan Edwards: The Courses of the New England Theology (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), 118-29.
  • “Evangelicals Divided,” First Things 212 (April 2011), 45-50.
  • “On the Jesus Trail: What we learned from Jews, Muslims and Arab Christians as we traced the footsteps of Christ in Galilee,” Christianity Today(April 2010), 30-35.
  • “Franklin, Jefferson and Edwards on Religion and the Religions,” in Kenneth Minkema and Harry Stout, eds., Jonathan Edwards at 300: Essays on the Tercentenary of His Birth (Lanham, Md., University Press of America, 2005), 65-85.  
  • “Poverty, Patriotism, and National Covenant: Jonathan Edwards and Public Life,” Journal of Religious Ethics 31:2 (Summer 2003), 229-51, 316-18.
  • “Poverty, Patriotism, and National Covenant: Jonathan Edwards and Public Life,” Journal of Religious Ethics 31:2 (Summer 2003), 229-51, 316-18.
  • “Jonathan Edwards and American Indians: ‘The Devil Sucks Their Blood,’” in The New England Quarterly 72:4 (Dec. 1999), 539-57.

Research Interests

  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Christian theology of world religions
  • The theological meaning of Israel
  • Orthodox Anglicanism

Involvement

  • American Academy of Religion's (AAR) Society for Post-Supersessionist Theology (founding member)
  • Advisory Board of Philos Project
  • Evangelicals and Catholics Together at First Things
  • Editor of Jonathan Edwards Studies (online journal)
  • Board of Advisors of The Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC), located in Efrat Israel
  • Christ the King Anglican Church, Birmingham