Kindle Version of McCall Book Now Available

My Book, A Modern Relation of Theology and Science Assisted by Emergence and Kenosis is now available on Kindle at Hardcopies soon to follow:

Kindle Version of McCall Book Now Available

New McCall Book Proposal Submitted tonight

New McCall & Bradnick Edited Book Proposal on Voices of the Spirit:
Pasted below is the introductory section of a new book proposal that I submitted tonight. In this endeavor, I will be aided by my notorious friend, Dr. David Bradnick.
Due to their expertise in Pentecostal theology, we-Dr. David Bradnick and Rev. Bradford McCall-wrote to numerous established Pentecostal/Charismatic scholars in request of their highly respected opinion in the early stages of developing an edited book on contemporary Pentecostal-Charismatic theology. We envision it to be a valuable introductory resource for college students, seminarians, and anyone else interested in this topic, perhaps including lay people as well as scholars from other traditions. Many introductory texts have been written on the history of Pentecostalism and traditional Pentecostal theology, using very broad brushstrokes, but we aver that there is a need for a single resource that introduces readers to the vast array of current trends in Pentecostal-Charismatic thought. This is where we requested the individual scholars’ assistance. We asked scholars within the Pentecostal movement to help us generate a list of influential Pentecostal-Charismatic theologians who they would expect to be featured within such a volume. In review of their suggestions, as well as our own thoughts on the subject, we developed the following proposal. Bradnick and McCall plan to enlist, selectively, new/young Pentecostal scholars in the composition of this title, as we deem it true that the overall value of the text will be enhanced by having a diversity of “voices” contribute to a book upon “Pentecostal Voices.” In a later stage, after approval by the publisher, we will generate a new list of young, contemporary scholars to approach and request their assistance on producing individual chapters along the below-delineated lines. We will approach these young scholars in a systematic and deliberate fashion upon approval of the initial proposal.
Table of Contents: Voices of the Spirit: A Primer to Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Theology
” ~3,000 words per scholar, times 37 scholars, equals ~111,000 words, plus ~5,500 for the Introduction, equals ~116,500 words in totality.
I. Editorial Introduction
1) We provide this broad introduction to the work in our initial proposal submission.
II. Notable Classical Pentecostal & Charismatic Voices, including:
1) French Arrington (NT; Pentecostal Theo. Sem; Church of God, Cleveland)
2) Guy P. Duffield & Nathaniel M. Van Cleave
3) Stanley Horton
4) William & Robert P. Menzies
5) J. Rodman Williams (charismatic Presbyterian)
III. Notable First Wave of Contemporary Pentecostal Voices, including:
1) Terry Cross
2) Steven J. Land (Theology; Pent. Theo. Sem; Church of God, Cleveland)
3) Frank Macchia (Baptized in the Spirit: A Global Pentecostal Theology; Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God (Pentecostal Manifestos (PM)); The Trinity, Practically Speaking; Theology Between the East and West: A Radical Legacy: Essays in Honor of Jan Milic Lochman; Spirituality and Social Liberation: The Message of the Blumhardts in the Light of Wuerttemberg Pietism (Pietist and Wesleyan Studies); Spirit’s Gifts – God’s Reign (Theology & Worship Occasional Paper, No. 11))
IV. Notable North American Pentecostal Voices, including:
1) Kenneth Archer (Theology; Southeastern Univ.; Constructive Pneumatological Hermeneutics in Pentecostal Christianity, co-editor with L. William Oliverio, Jr. [2016]; The Gospel Revisited: Towards a Pentecostal Theology of Worship and Witness [2011]; A Pentecostal Hermeneutic: Spirit, Scripture and Community [2009]; A Pentecostal Hermeneutic for the Twenty-First Century: Spirit, Scripture and Community [2004])
2) Peter Althouse (Theology; Southeastern Univ.; Spirit of the Last Days: Pentecostal Eschatology in Conversation with Jürgen Moltmann [2003]; The Ideological Development of Power in Early American Pentecostalism [2010]; Winds from the North: Canadian Contributions to Early Pentecostalism [2010]; Perspectives in Pentecostal Eschatologies: World without End [2010]; Catch the Fire: Soaking Prayer and Charismatic Renewal [2014]).
3) Tony Richie
4) Steven M. Studebaker (Theology; McMaster, CA; Defining Issues in Pentecostalism: Classical and Emergent [2008]; Pentecostalism and Globalization: The Implications of Pentecostalism for North American Pentecostal Theology and Ministry [2010]; A Liberating Spirit: Pentecostals and Social Action in North America [2010]; From Pentecost to the Triune God: A Pentecostal Trinitarian Theology [2012]; Christianity and Globalization: Implications for Christian Ministry [2015]; A Pentecostal Political Theology for American Renewal: Spirit of the Kingdoms, Citizens of the City [2016]).
5) James K.A. Smith
V. Notable Latino Pentecostal Voices, including:
1) Daniel Castelo (Latino).
2) Gaston Espinosa (Latino, Latino Pentecostals in America: Faith and Politics in Action, focuses also on global Pentecostal origins)
3) Dario Lopez (Latino).
4) Nestor Medina (Latin).
VI. Notable European Pentecostal Voices, including:
1) William Kay (UK, contends that Southeast Asia will become more important to global Christianity)
2) Andy Lord (Anglican priest)
3) Wolfgang Vondey (now residing in Britain)
4) Keith Warrington (British)
VII. Notable Global Pentecostal Voices
1) Simon Chan (Theology; Trinity Theological College; Assemblies; Man and Sin: An Independent-Study Textbook [1997]; Spiritual Theology: A Systematic Study of the Christian Life [1998]; Pentecostal Theology and the Christian Spiritual Tradition [2000]; Liturgical Theology: The Church as Worshiping Community [2006]; Grassroots Asian Theology: Thinking the Faith from the Ground Up [2014])
2) Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen (Toward a Pneumatological Theology: Pentecostal and Ecumenical Perspectives on Ecclesiology, Soteriology, and Theology of Mission (Kärkkäinen and Yong); Christ and Reconciliation: A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World, vol. 1; Holy Spirit and Salvation: The Sources of Christian Theology; One With God: Salvation as Deification and Justification; Pneumatology: The Holy Spirit in Ecumenical, International, and Contextual Perspective; The Doctrine of God: A Global Introduction; The Trinity: Global Perspectives; Trinity and Religious Pluralism: The Doctrine of the Trinity in Christian Theology of Religions)
3) Nimi Wariboko
4) Amos Yong (we provide this chapter in our initial proposal)
VIII. Notable Female Pentecostal Voices, including:
1) Kimberly Alexander
2) Daniela Augustine (formerly from Bulgarian Theological College UK, now at Lee Univ.)
3) Cheryl Bridges Johns (Pent. Theo. Sem; Church of God, Cleveland)
4) Lisa Stephenson
5) Angela Tarango (Indian)
IX. Notable Oneness Pentecostal Voices, including:
1) David K. Bernard (Essentials of Oneness Theology [1984]; The New Birth [1984]; The Message of Romans [1987]; Essential Doctrines of the Bible [1988]; A Handbook of Basic Doctrines [1988]; A Study Guide for the Oneness of God [1989]; Oneness and Trinity, A.D. 100-300 [1991]; In the Name of Jesus [1992]; The trinitarian controversy in the fourth century [1993]; The Oneness View of Jesus Christ [1994]; A History of Christian Doctrine [1995]; Understanding the Articles of Faith: An Examination of United Pentecostal Beliefs [1998]; Justification and the Holy Spirit [2007]; On Being Pentecostal [2011]; The Apostolic Church in the Twenty-First Century [2014]; The Glory of God in the Face of Jesus Christ: Deification of Jesus in Early Christian Discourse [2016])
2) David S. Norris (I AM: A Oneness Pentecostal Theology)
X. Notable Emerging Contemporary Pentecostal Voices, including:
1) Mark Cartledge
2) Andrew Gabriel (Canadian, displays interesting views on Speaking in Tongues and Spirit Baptism, which challenge historical conceptions)
3) L. William Oliverio, Jr.
4) A.J. Swoboda
5) Andrew Williams
37 scholars @ ~3,000 words per scholar, roughly equals ~111,000 words, plus ~5,500 for the Introduction, equals ~116,500 words in totality.
New McCall Book Proposal Submitted tonight

Just Got a Contract w/ Cascade Books for Philip Clayton Reader

Good news for Bradford! I — tonight in fact — got a contract for my proposed Philip Clayton Introduction and Reader text from Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf & Stock publishers.  It will be entitled, “The Thought and Theology of Philip Clayton: An Introduction and Reader.” I am overjoyed at this news. This is my second book to get contracted by Wipf & Stock in last two months, with the first being entitled “A Modern Relation of Theology and Science Assisted by Emergence and Kenosis,” the manuscript for which was recently submitted. I am on a proverbial roll, and wonder what God has in store for me next.



Just Got a Contract w/ Cascade Books for Philip Clayton Reader

I wanted to get drunk tonight and talk to God

I wanted to get drunk tonight and talk to God. Have a few words, if you will. I started the night at one of my favorite venues: a Mac Powell (Third Day) concert. I had two VIP tickets, one unused. Being a cheerful get-ter this year, I wanted to be a cheerful giver too, so I gave my ticket away to someone totally out of the blue. They could then meet Mac Powell at the meet & greet before the show. Swell. Only, I gave them my ticket too (they were inseparable). Didn’t figure it would be a problem, for I had already showed the ticket at the gate (1), as well as at the entrance to the VIP section (2). I wanted to drink tonight and talk to God because sometimes you cannot win for losing. As my proclivity, I sing with an almost guttural voice. Remnant from my preaching days. I sang so loud, in fact, one of the people in front of me turned around on me, and said quiet down. I told him, “just turn around dude.” So he did… and then got up and like a petulant child “told” the attendant that I was being obtuse (or something???). So, the guy came down to my seat/chair/bungalow, and requested to see my ticket. Remember, however, I gave it away (Christmas cheer, mind you). So… Bradford gets kicked out of the (Christian) concert. Damn it. I wanted to get drunk and talk to God. But I am still sober. Barely.
I wanted to get drunk tonight and talk to God

New McCall Edited Clayton Reader Gets Preliminary Go Ahead

I have been fortunate as of late; I have gotten the preliminary go ahead from Wipf & Stock to produce a reader for Philip Clayton, who is broadly characterized as a Wesleyan theologian. What follows is the outline of the text as currently constructed. The readings will be shortened, but the ones indicated here will be in the final reader. What do you think?

Philip Clayton is author or editor of nearly two dozen books, as well as author of some two hundred peer-reviewed articles. Clayton earned a joint PhD in philosophy and religious studies from Yale University, and he has held tenured faculty positions in both fields. He has taught at a top liberal arts college (Williams College), in a state university (California State University), and at Claremont School of Theology, where he holds the Ingraham Professor of Theology Chair. He has also previously taught at Harvard University, Cambridge University, and the University of Munich.

This collection of writings will bring into one volume representative samples of the broad range of Clayton’s theology, primarily taken from his monographs. This book will present Clayton’s thought under six headings—Science & Religion; Science, Faith, & God; Panentheistic Reflections on Theology; Science & Emergence; Science, Spirit, & Divine Action; and Progressive Theology—each with six to nine readings. The editor, Bradford McCall, will provide a significant interpretive introduction that both orients readers to Clayton’s theological corpus and also identifies the most important key to understanding Clayton’s theology: his avowal of panentheistic emergentism, and his advocation of a mutually interactive relationship between science and religion. As a thoroughgoing panentheist, he defends an adapted form of process theism that is hypothetical, dialogical, and pluralistic. This perspective reveals that Clayton holds in tension the dominant projections of liberal and postliberal theologies by granting the contextual nature of all truth claims, particularly by acknowledging the hermeneutical nature of all human knowledge.

Throughout his voluminous writings, Clayton develops a constructive Christian theology that is in dialogue with metaphysics, modern philosophy, postmodernity, and science. In his constructive theology, Clayton has produced works that relate to the theory of knowledge, the history of philosophy and theology, the philosophy of science, physics, evolutionary biology, and comparative theology. Below are the poignant chapter titles, along with the corresponding book titles from Clayton’s corpus that are most relevant to each chapter heading; the individual readings will be updated accordingly when the editor has digital copies of all the relevant books. All permissions will be obtained by Clayton himself, ensuring expedient conferral.

The book will be accessible to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. It will also be valuable to specialists in the several areas covered. I could see the reader itself being read in theology and science courses. This could also be read in any number of contemporary theology classes. University libraries, both secular and faith-based, would be interested in this text. Because of Clayton’s significance, such a volume could have a good deal of appeal to a broad readership. However, I would classify its potential readership as mostly academic in nature.

The book has two distinctive features. First, it brings into one volume writings representative of the theology of Philip Clayton. Second, the editor’s introduction will be a contribution to scholarship on Philip Clayton in its own right, not simply an overview of the reader’s contents. The book will be the indispensable one-volume introduction to Clayton’s thought, especially for readers who need an entry point into this theology or who find the prospects of reading all of his monographs too daunting. As such, the book will provide an accessible point of entry into Philip Clayton’s voluminous theological writings. There is no competitor in the field, since no single work by Clayton himself broaches all of the topics represented in the proposed reader.


1. Editorial Introduction
a. I will provide a concise introduction to the reader and to Clayton himself. ~3,000 words
2. Science & Religion (~21,000 words); 7 readings.
a. Explanation from Physics to Theology: An Essay in Rationality and Religion (Philip Clayton, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989).
i. Select one representative reading from this title of 3,000 words.
b. God and Contemporary Science (Philip Clayton, Edinburgh Studies in Constructive Theology; Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans, 1997).
i. “Systematic Theology and Postmodernism,” 1-14.
ii. “What Theologians Can and Cannot Learn from Scientific Cosmology,” 127-161.
c. In Quest of Freedom: The Emergence of Spirit. Frankfurt Templeton Lectures 2006 (Philip Clayton, edited by Michael G. Parker and Thomas M. Schmidt; Göttingen, Germany: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2009).
i. “On Religion: A Speech to its Scientifically Cultured Despisers,” 112-132.
d. Religion and Science: The Basics (Philip Clayton, 2011); PDF
i. “The Basic Question: Science or Religion, or Science and Religion,” 1-14.
ii. “Science and the World’s Religions,” 43-65.iii. “The Future of Science and Religion,” 152-171.
3. Science, Faith, & God (~18,500 words); 6 readings.
a. The Problem of God in Modern Thought (Philip Clayton, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000).
i. “The Context for Modern Thought About God,” 3-49.
ii. The Personality of God and the Limits of Philosophy,” 501-508.
b. Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective (Philip Clayton and Jeffrey Schloss; Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans, 2004).
i. “Biology and Purpose: Altruism, Morality, and Human Nature in Evolutionary Perspectives,” 318-336.
c. The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, and Faith (Philip Claytonand Steven Knapp, Oxford University Press, 2011).
i. “Reason for Doubt,” 1-22.
ii. “The Ultimate Reality,” 23-43.
iii. “Doubt and Belief,” 111-135.
4. Panentheistic Reflections on Science & Theology (~21,000 words; words are approximate due to not having an electronic copy of the texts); 7 readings.
a. The Problem of God in Modern Thought (Philip Clayton, Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans, 2000).
i. “Spinoza’s One and the Birth of Panentheism,” 387-401.
b. God and Contemporary Science (Philip Clayton, Edinburgh Studies in Constructive Theology; Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans, 1997).
i. “Rethinking the Relation of God and the World: Panentheism and the Contribution of Philosophy,” 82-106.
c. In Whom We Live and Move and Have Our Being: Panentheistic Reflections on God’s Presence in a Scientific World (Philip Clayton and Arthur Peacocke, eds. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans, 2006).
i. “Panentheism in Metaphysical and Scientific Perspective,” 73-94.
ii. “Panentheism Today: A Constructive Systematic Evaluation,” 249-264.
d. Panentheism across the World’s Traditions (Loriliai Biernacki and Philip Clayton, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).
i. “Panentheism in the Tapestry of Traditions,” 200-212.
e. How I Found God Everywhere: An Anthology of Spiritual Memoirs (Philip Clayton and Andrew Davis, 2018).
f. Adventures in the Spirit: God, World, Divine Action (Philip Clayton, Minneapolis, Minnesota: Fortress Press, 2008).
i. “‘Open Panentheism’ and Creation as Kenosis,” 175-184.
5. Science & Emergence (~21,000 words); 9 readings.
a. Mind & Emergence: From Quantum to Consciousness (Philip Clayton, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).
i. “The Rise and Fall of Reductionism; The Concept of Emergence; The Pre-history of the Emergence Concept; Weak and Strong Emergence,” 1-10.
ii. “Defining Emergence,” 38-46.
iii. “Eight Characteristics of Emergence,” 60-65.
iv. “Emergence in Biology; Emergence in Evolution; Toward an Emergentist Philosophy of Biology,” 78-100.
v. “Toward an Emergentist Theory of Mind,” 128-143.
b. The Re-Emergence of Emergence: The Emergentist Hypothesis from Science to Religion (Philip Clayton and Paul Davies, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008).
i. “Conceptual Foundations of Emergence Theory,” 1-34.
ii. “Emergence from Quantum Physics to Religion,” 303-32.
c. Adventures in the Spirit: God, World, Divine Action (Philip Clayton, Minneapolis, Minnesota: Fortress Press, 2008).
i. “Why Emergence Matters: A New Paradigm for Relating the Sciences; Emergent Realities: The Evolution of Life and Mind,” 63-87.
d. “Toward a Constructive Christian Theology of Emergence,” Printed out pages.
i. Clayton’s original 6th chapter to Mind & Emergence, but now located in Evolution and Emergence: Systems, Organisms, Persons, edited by Nancey Murphy and William R. Stoeger, SJ (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 316-343.
6. Science, Spirit, & Divine Action (~19,000 words); 6 readings.
a. God and Contemporary Science (Philip Clayton, Edinburgh Studies in Constructive Theology; Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans, 1997).
i. “Scientific Causality, Divine Causality,” 188-219.
ii. “A Panentheistic Theory of Divine Action,” 220-231.
b. In Quest of Freedom: The Emergence of Spirit. Frankfurt Templeton Lectures 2006 (Philip Clayton, edited by Michael G. Parker and Thomas M. Schmidt; Göttingen, Germany: Vandenhoechk & Ruprecht, 2009).
i. “Co-evolution, Mental Causality, and Human Action: Freedom and the Emergence of Culture,” 60-83.
c. Adventures in the Spirit: God, World, Divine Action (Philip Clayton, Minneapolis, Minnesota: Fortress Press, 2008).
i. “Natural Law and the Problem of Divine Action; Actions Human and Divine: Toward a Panentheistic-Participatory Theory of Agency; Can Contemporary Theologians Still Affirm That God (Literally) Does Anything?” 185-228.
d. Mind & Emergence: From Quantum to Consciousness (Philip Clayton, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).
i. “Going Beyond Emergence; Trading Mind-body Dualism for Theological Dualism; Rethinking Divine Action,” 185-199.
e. All That Is: A Naturalistic Faith for the Twenty-First Century (Theology and the Sciences), by Arthur Peacocke, edited by Philip Clayton; hardcopy???
i. “On Divine and Human Agency: Reflections of a Co-laborer,” in All That Is: A Naturalistic Faith for the Twenty-First Century (Theology and the Sciences), Arthur Peacocke, edited by Philip Clayton (Minneapolis, Minnesota: Fortress Press, 2007), 163-175.
7. Progressive Theology (~18,000 words); 9 readings.
a. Transforming Christian Theology: For Church And Society (Philip Clayton, 2012).
i. “Getting Clear on What You (Really) Believe,” 1-10.
ii. “Things have Changed, or ‘Toto, we’re not in Kansas Anymore’,” 11-15.
iii. “Why the Answers Must be Theological,” 19-26.
iv. “Postmodernity and Postmodern Believing,” 27-42.
v. “A Theology of Self-Emptying for the Church,” 94-114.
vi. “Toward a Progressive Theology for Christian Activism,” 146-160.
b. Organic Marxism: An Alternative to Capitalism and Ecological Catastrophe (Toward Ecological Civilization Book 3) (Philip Clayton and Justin Heinzekehr, Claremont, California: Process Century Press, 2014).
i. “Introducing Organic Marxism,” 3-14.
ii. “Organic Marxism, Process Philosophy, and Chinese Thought,” 155-176.
iii. “The Ecology and Praxis of Organic Marxism,” 193-228.
New McCall Edited Clayton Reader Gets Preliminary Go Ahead