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Nationality  American
Occupation  ethicist, professor

Name  T. Maston
Role  Writer
Born  November 26, 1897 (1897-11-26) Jefferson County, Tennessee, United States
Religion  Christian (Reformed Baptist)
Spouse(s)  Essie Mae Maston (nee McDonald) (June 11, 1921)
Children  Thomas McDonald Maston(1925), Harold Eugene Maston (1928)
Died  May 1, 1988, Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Books  Why live the Christian life?
Education  Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Carson–Newman University, Yale University

1993 Maston Dinner, #2: Browning Ware Presents T. B. Maston Christian Ethics Award to A. Jase Jones

Thomas Buford Maston was a Christian ethicist and writer.


He is the namesake of the T. B. Maston Foundation, which was begun by several former students who received their doctorates in Christian Ethics under Dr. Maston, including A. Jase Jones, Bill Pinson, Jimmy Allen, James Dunn, and Foy Valentine.

Born of humble beginnings in Jefferson County, Tennessee, he also spent his childhood in College Corner, Ohio, and Fountain City, Tennessee.

In 1916 he enrolled in Carson-Newman College.

In 1920, he married Essie Mae McDonald, and enrolled in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Fort Worth, Texas where he earned a Master of Religious Education. He later earned 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).
  • References

    T. B. Maston Wikipedia

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