The Title of Our New Book,Evangelical Calvinism: Essays Toward Ecclesia Reformata, Semper Reformanda

I am really excited to announce that I along with others are involved in producing a book that will be introducing Evangelical Calvinism to the masses. Quite a few months ago, Dr. Myk Habets contacted me via email and asked if I would like to co-edit/author a multi-author book on the tenents of what we are calling Evangelical Calvinism (along with Thomas Torrance who coins this nomenclature in his book “Scottish Theology”); I was taken back, and very excited to say the least. Since then there has been some work put in to securing a publisher (which we have, Wipf & Stock) , and finding authors willing and able to contribute to such work. That work has been done, much and most by Myk; and we are at the stage of research, writing, and eventually, editing. I just wanted to alert all the readers here to this intriguing rather original set of essays that will be compiled in advancing and “robusting” what Reformation Studies and Theology represents.

We have a broad array of scholars contributing to this book: some seasoned, some seasoned in between, and some less seasoned; but a line-up of authors who are worthy for this task, set a hand. The book’s aim is to introduce the Christian church, in general, and the Reformed tradition, in particular to another oft overlooked lineage or strain of developing Calvinism that took place right alongside what we know as Calvinism today (i.e. Federal/Classic/Covenant). It is our belief that there is a rich rich untapped heritage within the heralded halls of Calvinism that we want to tap; we want people to realize that there is a development within the constraints of Calvinism that we believe is much more theologically rich, or more straightforward in ways that are Evangelical, Biblical, and Calvinist (by tradition).

Now let me share some of the rudiments of our early outline; providing provisional chapter titles and the actual authors who will be contributing to this book:

Introduction: Defining Evangelical Calvinism: 10 Theses. Myk Habets and Robert Grow

Part 1: Historical Theology

Chapter 1: Calvin, Calvinism, and Calvinisms: Finding a Place at the Table. Robert Grow
Chapter 2: Confessing the Faith. Andrew Purves
Chapter 3: The Phylogeny of Calvinism. Charles Partee
Chapter 4: The Depth Dimension of the Faith: A Prolegomena to Evangelical Calvinism. Adam Nigh

Part 2: Systematic Theology

Chapter 5: Theology Proper According to Evangelical Calvinism. Gannon Murphy
Chapter 6: The Doctrine of Election According to Evangelical Calvinism. Myk Habets
Chapter 7: The Vicarious Humanity of Christ According to Evangelical Calvinism. Jason Goroncy
Chapter 8: Union with Christ According to Evangelical Calvinism. Marcus Johnson

Part 3: Applied Theology

Chapter 9: Worship According to Evangelical Calvinism. Scott Kirkland
Chapter 10: Prayer: Up and Down. John C McDowell

Conclusion: Ecclesia Reformata, Semper Reformanda: The Future of Evangelical Calvinism. Myk Habets and Robert Grow

I hope you all find this intriguing, you can expect its publication sometime in 2011. What do you think, does this pique your interest; what do all of you readers think about the possibility of Calvinism encompassing something as blossomed as a Calvinism that reflects all of its strains? What has happened is that all these strains have been flattened out, so that there is a revisionism of how Calvinism developed; a revisionism intended upon forwarding or emphasizing certain dogmatic points (loci) particular to ‘one strain’ of Calvinism (I often refer to it as Westminster Calvinism or Classic). The simple task of this book will be to alert people to the fact that there might be more central developments to Calvinism (like the role that the unio mystica “Union with Christ” plays within the theologies of people like Calvin, Knox, and many others within the Scottish strain) than are often dealt with. This book is not intended to be polemic; nevertheless there will be some “rub” produced simply because we are offering a perspective on Calvinism that might be considered whacky or heterodox by other camps of people within Calvinism. We are hoping for an open and critical hearing (meaning dealing with the facts themselves); and hopefully this will help people, in the end, to know our loving and wonderful God that much better!

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