Saving Calvinism: Expanding the Reformed Tradition
:Is there hope for Calvinism beyond TULIP?For many, Calvinism evokes the idea of a harsh God who saves a select few and condemns others to eternal torment. Others find comfort in the Five Points of TULIP with its emphasis on...
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:Is there hope for Calvinism beyond TULIP?For many, Calvinism evokes the idea of a harsh God who saves a select few and condemns others to eternal torment. Others find comfort in the Five Points of TULIP with its emphasis on the sovereignty of God's grace. Oliver Crisp thinks both sides have too small a picture of the Reformed tradition. There are ample resources for developing a more expansive Calvinism. Reformed Christians have inherited a vast mansion, but many of them only live in two rooms, reading John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards on repeat, while the rest of the house lies waiting for someone to discover its treasures.Saving Calvinism explores some of the thorniest problems in the Reformed tradition, including free will, the extent of the atonement, and the possibility of universal salvation. By engaging a host of Reformed thinkers and exploring often ignored ideas, Crisp shows that Calvinism is much more diverse and flexible than the stereotype suggests.
Oliver D. Crisp (Ph.D., King's College, University of London) is Lecturer in Theology at the University of Bristol. Crisp is an evangelical philosophical theologian who completed his doctoral studies under Paul Helm. Previously, he taught at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland (2002-2004), and held the Frederick J. Crosson Research Fellowship in the Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame, USA (2004-2005). He was visiting lecturer at Regent College, Vancouver lecturing on Christology.His published works include Jonathan Edwards: Philosophical Theologian (Ashgate, 2003), edited with Paul Helm, bringing together state-of-the-art essays from leading theologians and philosophers from the USA and UK on Edwards; also published Jonathan Edwards and the Metaphysics of Sin (Ashgate, 2005) and An American Augustinian: Sin and Salvation in the Dogmatic Theology of William G. T. Shedd Two volumes on Christology; Divinity and Humanity: the Incarnation Reconsidered (Cambridge, 2007) and God Incarnate: Explorations in Christology(T & T Clark, 2009). Forthcoming works include An Essay on Original Sin (Oxford University Press, 2010); Analytic Theology, edited with Michael Rea (Oxford University Press, 2008); A Reader in Contemporary Philosophical Theology (Continuum, 2008); Retrieving Dogmatics: Essays in Reformed Theology (Paternoster, 2010) and Helm on Philosophy of Religion: Collected Essays of Paul Helm (Ashgate, 2010).
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