Over the past two months, we have introduced you to some of the scholars who will be presenting at our upcoming symposium on Cotton Mather. Last but not least, we'd like you to meet a these two gentlemen.
Prof. Robert Brown
Professor Brown's research has been focused on transitions toward intellectual modernity in early America. His book,Jonathan Edwards and the Bible, examined Edwards's appropriation of critical interpretive methods and their implications for understanding the Bible as a form of divine revelation. He is currently editing a volume of the Biblia Americana, which is the first American work to integrate critical interpretation with biblical studies. He has also written about religion and literacy, as well as the history of theological method in America in the 19th and 20th centuries. Prof. Brown teaches courses on Religion in America, including New Religious Movements, African American religion, and evangelicalism. He also teaches courses on the history of Christianity, such as global Christianity and the history of Christian thought.
Dr. Kenneth Minkema
Dr. Kenneth P. Minkema is the Executive Editor of The Works of Jonathan Edwards and of the Jonathan Edwards Center & Online Archive at Yale University. From 2004 through 2009, he served as the Executive Secretary of the American Society of Church History. Besides publishing numerous articles on Jonathan Edwards and topics in early American religious history in professional journals including The Journal of American History, The William and Mary Quarterly, The New England Quarterly, Church History and The Massachusetts Historical Review, he has edited volume 14 in the Edwards Works, Sermons and Discourses: 1723-1729, and co-edited A Jonathan Edwards Reader; The Sermons of Jonathan Edwards: A Reader; Jonathan Edwards at 300: Essays on the Tercentennial of His Birth; and Jonathan Edwards's "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God": A Casebook. He has also co-edited The Sermon Notebook of Samuel Parris, 1689-1694, dealing with the Salem Witchcraft crisis. Finally, Dr. Minkema is currently part of a team that is preparing Cotton Mather's Biblia Americana for publication.
For more information about Mather Redux: New Perspectives on Cotton Mather, including abstracts of each presenter's topic, visit our Mather Redux page.