About Me

A native of Middle Tennessee, I received a B.A. in History and Greek from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina in 2001. I earned a master’s degree in Classics from the University of Georgia in 2007; my thesis, “Ambrose and Stilicho: Politics in the Post-Theodosian World,” dealt with the political relationship between St. Ambrose (ca. A.D. 337-397), bishop of Milan, and the Vandal general Stilicho (d. 408), who seized power in the western Roman Empire upon the death of the Roman emperor Theodosius in 395. I have also completed the M.Div. program in the Hazelip School of Theology at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. I look forward to graduating in December 2013.

I am employed as a editor for the R.H. Boyd Publishing Corporation, the publishing arm of the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America; we publish Sunday school curriculum and sundry devotional-type books. My primary responsibilities include the editing (and sometimes writing) of adult curriculum and of our annual lesson commentary, as well as the creation of supplemental scholarly content for both the curriculum and the commentary. Prior to returning to Nashville in 2006, I worked for two years as a Latin teacher in suburban Atlanta.

1831 Map of Tennessee

1831 Map of Tennessee

I am married. On 29 February 2008, my wife, Hannah, and I welcomed into our home twin daughters, Ruby and Lila. Between work, church, caring for our girls and studying, a few of my hobbies include: hiking, bicycling, playing the mandolin, and a lot of reading. My intellectual interests, apart from the academic disciplines I am formally pursuing, include: agrarian/distributist/paleoconservative thought, the history of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement, the history of Tennessee and the South (revolving around issues of culture and identity), and urban planning and design (especially as it impacts my own East Nashville neighborhood).

Peter and Paul Embrace

My academic and research interests over the past few years have centered on historical theology and New Testament studies.  In the former area, my particular interests lie in patristic theology and biblical exegesis and in the history and theology of the 19th century Stone-Campbell Movement. In the latter area, I am focused on the study of Paul and his letters, apocalyptic literature, and, more generally, the New Testament writers’ use of the Old Testament.  These seemingly disparate areas of interest grow out of (for me, at any rate) the particular theological inheritance bequeathed to me by my upbringing in the Churches of Christ, the communion in which I worship and live out the life in Christ.

Contact Information:

You can reach me via e-mail at the following places: ccotten [at] hotmail [dot] com or anastasisblog [at] gmail [dot] com. I also maintain profiles on Facebook and Twitter.

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About this Blog

I began Anastasis in June 2004 as a vehicle to comment on the news and on books I was reading and to track in writing various shifts in my own thinking on a number of theological topics (Here’s a link to the original Blogspot blog.)

John T. Lewis (1876-1967)

While the blog has continued to serve those purposes, I have turned my attention increasingly to questions of historical theology: especially to patristic thought and to the theology of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement, and of non-institutional Churches of Christ in particular. I am interested here in examining more thoroughly  the philosophical and theological underpinnings — as well as the distinctive practices — of the religious tradition that I inherited (and still identify with): gently critiquing some aspects, reformulating others, examining the whole NI project anew in the light of Scripture and of the tradition of which we are a part.