T. B. Maston
|Thomas Buford Maston|
November 26, 1897|
Jefferson County, Tennessee, United States
|Died||May 1, 1988
Fort Worth, Texas, United States
|Religion||Christian (Reformed Baptist)|
|Spouse(s)||Essie Mae Maston (née McDonald)
(June 11, 1921)
|Children||Thomas McDonald Maston(1925), Harold Eugene Maston (1928)|
He is the namesake of the T. B. Maston Foundation, which was begun by Dr. A. Jase Jones (1913-2007), who received his Th.D. in Christian Ethics under Dr. Maston.
In 1916 he enrolled in Carson-Newman College.
In 1920, he married Essie Mae McDonald, and enroll in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Fort Worth, Texas where he earned a Master of Religious Education. He later earnd the first Doctor of Religious Education degree from Southwestern in 1925, then an M.A. from Texas Christian University in 1927.
In 1932 he entered Yale University where he majored in Christian ethics under Richard Niebuhr, and received a Ph.D. in 1939. He returned to Southwestern seminary where he developed a graduate Doctor of Theology degree in Christian Ethics.
Through his efforts and example, Christian ethics became a field of study in every Baptist seminary, Christian Life Commissions became common nationally, and race relations, sensitivity to the poor, and women's rights in the Southern Baptist Convention improved as a result.
Mastin wrote twenty-seven books on ethics. He was licensed to preach but was never was ordained. He was a layman and deacon at Gambrell Street Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
- Biblical ethics: a guide to the ethical message of the Scriptures from Genesis through Revelation (ISBN 0865543127).
- Christianity and world issues.
- Right or Wrong (ISBN 0805461167).
- Jimmy R. Allen, Thomas Buford Maston: Baptist Apostle of Biblical Ethics, Christian Ethics Today, Updated: 12/27/2010, Accessed Sept 23, 2012
- The Organization Manual of the Southern Baptist Convention, Southern Baptist Convention website, Accessed Sept 23, 2012
- bio, from the T. B. Maston Foundation web site.
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