Born in Jackson, Mississippi,
on July 6, 1930, Clayton Sullivan is a Baptist minister who has
served more than thirty years as a professor of philosophy and religion
at the University of Southern Mississippi. After earning his B.A.
from Mississippi College in 1952, he attended the Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he earned a
B.D. degree in 1955 and a Ph.D. in 1960. He also holds an M.A. in
philosophy and Middle Eastern Religions from Temple University in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has engaged in postdoctoral studies
at Princeton University, Southern Methodist University in Dallas,
Union Theological Seminary in New York, and the Harvard Divinity
School in Cambridge. In 1966 he joined the faculty at USM; he retired
from full-time teaching in 2000 but still teaches part time. His
books include Called to Preach, Condemned to Survive: The Education
of Clayton Sullivan (1985), Jesus and the Sweet Pilgrim Baptist
Church: A Fable (1992), and most recently, Rescuing Jesus
from the Christians (2002). He is married to the former Mae
Taylor of Jackson and is the father of a daughter, Charlotte McDonnell,
an attorney who lives in Atlanta. Dr. Sullivan is also the proud
grandfather of three grandchildren.
- Jesus and the Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church: A Fable.
New York: Doubleday, 1992. Rpt. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2001.
- A Critique of Realized Eschatology in the Writings of C. H.
Dodd. Dissertation. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1960.
- Called to Preach, Condemned to Survive: The Education of Clayton
Sullivan. Macon, GA: Mercer UP, 1985.
- Rethinking Realized Eschatology. Macon, GA: Peeters,
- Toward a Mature Faith: Does Biblical Inerrancy Make Sense?
Decatur, GA: SBC Today, 1990.
- Rescuing Jesus from the Christians. Harrisburg, PA:
Trinity Press International, 2002.
- Jesus and the Sweet Pilgrim Church, by Kent Thompson.
Based on the book by Clayton Sullivan. Workshopped by the Alabama
Shakespeare Festival in 1996. For more details, visit this
page at the ASF Southern Writers Project.
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