Dr. William Brackney

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Dr. William Brackney


William Brackney recently retired from Acadia University’s Faculty of Theology as the Millard R. Cherry Distinguished Professor of Christian Thought and Ethics. He is currently in his fifth year as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Bible Society and he was recently elected Professor Emeritus at Acadia University. He has served as Principal and Professor of the History of Christianity of McMaster Divinity College and Dean of Theology at McMaster University, served on two faculties at Toronto School of Theology, and was Chair of the Department of Religion at Baylor University. Dr. Brackney was for several years the executive director of the American Baptist Historical Society and curator of the Samuel B. Colgate Baptist Historical Collection, and more recently the director of the Acadia Centre for Baptist and Anabaptist Studies. Currently, he is a Fellow of the Institut fur Baptismusstudien des Theologischen Seminars, Elstal, Germany, and Research Fellow at the Baptist Seminary, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Professor Brackney has published extensively in a wide array of academic disciplines including historical theology, Baptist life and thought, religion and human rights, and ecumenical and interfaith conversations. The author of over forty books, his most recent publications are: Maritime Baptist Old First Churches: Narratives and Prospects (ACBAS) and The Early English Baptists and Their Theological Formation (Regent’s Park, Oxford). Currently he is editing the works of Walter Rauschenbusch (3 vols., Mercer University Press) and preparing a two-volume work, The Poor and Poverty in the World’s Religions (ABC-CLIO) for publication. He is general editor of the series “Baptists in Early North America” (Mercer University Press, 15 vols.)

Dr. Brackney has been an active participant in the Baptist World Alliance, having served on human rights and theological education committees, and chairing the Division of Study and Research. Currently he is chair of the Steering Committee for the Interfaith Council of Nova Scotia and the Chair of the Continuing Committee of the Believers Church Conferences. He is an ordained Baptist minister and has served several Baptist congregations in Texas and Nova Scotia. Dr. Brackney and his wife, Kathryn, reside in the Gaspereau Valley in Nova Scotia, and have three grown children. 

Get in touch with William: wbrackney@carey-edu.ca

  • Bachelor of Arts (honors), University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 1970 Thesis: “The Philadelphia-Baltimore Trade Rivalry: An Economic Analysis” (Examined in History Faculty)

  • Master of Arts in Religion. The Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1972 Thesis: “An Analysis of Chiliastic Evidences in the Patristic Sources”(Examined in Church History and Theology Faculty)

  • Master of Arts, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1974

  • Doctor of Philosophy (with distinction), Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1976 Dissertation: “Religious Antimasonry: The Genesis of a Political Movement”(Examined in History and Religion Faculties)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Archives Administration. Modern Archives Institute, United States National Archives and Records Service Washington, D.C. 1979

  • Human Rights and the Christian Tradition. Westport: Praeger Publishing, 2005.

  • Human Rights and the World’s Great Religions. 5 Volumes (Series Editor) Praeger Publishing, 2005.

  • Theology in Conversation: Essays in Honor of James Leo Garrett. (Editor and Contributor) Macon: National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, 2005.

  • Baptists in North America: An Interpretive History. Oxford: Basil Blackwell Publishers, 2006.

  • Historical Dictionary of the Baptists (Second and Revised Edition). Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2009.

  • Congregation and Campus: Baptists in Higher Education: An Interpretive and Typological History. Macon: Mercer University Press, 2009.

  • The A to Z Book of Baptists. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2009.

  • Studying Christianity: A Self-Critical and Confessional Interpretation. London: Continuum Press, 2009.

  • A Capsule History of Baptist Principles. Baptist History and Heritage Society, 2009.

  • Historical Dictionary of Radical Christianity. Lanham: Roman and Littlefield, 2012.

  • Human Rights and the World’s Religions (one volume revised and condensed) Praeger Press, 2013

  • Baptists in Early North America: Volume I, Swansea. Mercer University Press, 2013

  • Baptists in Early North America: Volume II: Providence, Rhode Island, Mercer University Press, 2013.

  • Baptists in Early North America: Volume III: Newport, Rhode Island, Seventh Day Baptists, Mercer University Press, 2017

  • “Introduction” to William Kiffen Writings, Vol. IV, edited by Larry J. Kreitzer (Released Fall, 2014)

  • “Hypocrites, Jews or Nobodies: Seventh Day Men in 17th Century England.” Sabbat und Sabbatobservanz in der Frühen Neuzeit (Schriften Des Vereins Fur Reformationsgeschicte, Nr. 217, 2016)

  • “Leonard Busher,” Bibliotheca Dissidentium, Tome XXX. Baden-Baden & Bouxwiller: Èditions Valentin Koerner, 2016

  • “Nurtured in Their Faith: Nonconformity as a Pathway to Women’s Opportunity.” Zeitschrift für Theologie und Gemeinde (ZthG) Hamburg: Verlag der GFTP, 2016.

  • “From Forensic Truth to Doctrine Mediated Through Experience: Justification by Faith in the Puritan and Nonconformist Traditions” in Aus Glasuben Gerecht: Weltweite Wirkung und Okumenische Rezeption Der Reformatorischen Rechfertigungslehre. Leipzig: EvangelischeVerlagsansstalt, 2017.

  • “Walter Rauschenbusch: Then and Now,” Baptist Quarterly 48/1 (January, 2017).