R. I. P. Tim Maddox, Baptist Philosopher
The peace of my Labor Day was broken moments ago when I heard of the sudden death of a friend from my Ph.D. days, Tim Maddox, who collapsed suddenly today of a heart attack and died a few hours later–no further details, yet.
My prayers go out to Tim’s wife, Alana, and his sons, Seth and Luke.
Timothy F. Maddox collapsed and died on the campus of Hardin-Simmons University, a Baptist university in Abilene, TX where he was the only member of their philosophy department (only a minor in philosophy was offered). Tim was a ’77 B.A. (Bible & Religion) graduate of Hardin-Simmons and earned 3 more degrees (M.Div., 1982, Th.M., 1992, Ph.D., 1997) at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary before returning to teach at his alma mater . He had been a pastor and was deeply concerned about the state of churches in the U.S. He had been significantly influenced by the Reformed philosopher, Paul Ricoeur, and the Baptist theologian E. Y. Mullins–attempting a postmodern and more communal reappropriation of Mullins. He had also studied at Regent’s Park College, Oxford with Paul Fiddes, one of the most creative theologians Baptists have produced in recent decades and Fiddes made a deep impression on Tim.
Tim and I were not extremely close friends, and we’d only communicated infrequently since our doctoral days. But his sudden death is still a personal loss and a loss to the church and to the HSU community.
UPDATE: The local Abilene newspaper finally has more information here.