Monday, April 16, 2012

Our Evangelical Calvinism Book is Proofed and Ready For Publication

NEWS FLASH!: We are just finishing up working through the proofs for our book; it should be published and available in no time. I reckon no later than this May. Praise the LORD! There has been a lot of work put into this by Myk, myself, and all of our most excellent authors/contributors. It was originally conceived as a book project by Myk Habets, at which time he approached me and asked if I would like to work as a coeditor/author with him in this endeavor. I think Myk approached me about this way back some time in 2009, and then I was diagnosed with cancer; which put it on pause for a bit. But praise the Lord I am alive, and the book is pretty much done. So stay tuned. When I know the exact release date I will surely be posting that here. I will repost the title, blurb, and table of contents below.

 Evangelical Calvinism: Essays Resourcing the Continuing Reformation of the Church. Princeton Theological Monograph Series. Eds. Myk Habets and Bobby Grow. Foreword by Alasdair Heron. Eugene, OR.: Pickwick Publications, forthcoming.

Blurb: In this exciting volume new and emerging voices join senior Reformed scholars in presenting a coherent and impassioned articulation of Calvinism for today’s world. Evangelical Calvinism represents a mood within current Reformed theology. The various contributors are in different ways articulating that mood, of which their very diversity is a significant element. In attempting to outline features of an Evangelical Calvinism a number of the contributors compare and contrast this approach with that of the Federal Calvinism that is currently dominant in North American Reformed theology, challenging the assumption that Federal Calvinism is the only possible expression of orthodox Reformed theology. This book does not, however, represent the arrival of a “new-Calvinism” or even a “neo-Calvinism,” if by those terms are meant a novel reading of the Reformed faith. An Evangelical Calvinism highlights a Calvinistic tradition that has developed particularly within Scotland, but is not unique to the Scots. The editors have picked up the baton passed on by John Calvin, Karl Barth, Thomas Torrance, and others, in order to offer the family of Reformed theologies a reinvigorated theological and spiritual ethos. This volume promises to set the agenda for Reformed-Calvinist discussion for some time to come.

Table of Contents:

Prologue: Union in Christ: A Declaration for the Church. Andrew Purves and Mark Achtemeier


1: Theologia Reformata et Semper Reformanda. Towards a Definition of Evangelical Calvinism. Myk Habets and Bobby Grow

Part 1: Prolegomena – Historical Theology

2: The Phylogeny of Calvin’s Progeny: A Prolusion. Charles Partee

3: The Depth Dimension of Scripture: A Prolegomenon to Evangelical Calvinism. Adam Nigh

4: Analogia Fidei or Analogia Entis: Either Through Christ or Through Nature. Bobby Grow

5: The Christology of Vicarious Agency in the Scots Confession According to Karl Barth. Andrew Purves

Part 2: Systematic Theology

6: Pietas, Religio, and the God Who Is. Gannon Murphy

7: “There is no God behind the back of Jesus Christ:” Christologically Conditioned Election. Myk Habets

8: A Way Forward on the Question of the Transmission of Original Sin. Marcus Johnson

9: “The Highest Degree of Importance”: Union with Christ and Soteriology. Marcus Johnson

10: “Tha mi a’ toirt fainear dur gearan:” J. McLeod Campbell and P.T. Forsyth on the Extent of Christ’s Vicarious Ministry. Jason Goroncy

11: “Suffer the little children to come to me, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Infant Salvation and the Destiny of the Severely Mentally Disabled. Myk Habets

Part 3: Applied Theology

12: Living as God’s Children: Calvin’s Institutes as Primer for Spiritual Formation. Julie Canlis

13: Idolaters at Providential Prayer: Calvin’s Praying Through the Divine Governance. John C McDowell

14: Worshiping like a Calvinist: Cruciform Existence. Scott Kirkland

Part 4

15: Theses on a Theme. Myk Habets and Bobby Grow

Epilogue: Post Reformation Lament. Myk Habets




  1. Cant wait! Ill definitely be purchasing this one. Im especially looking forward to your essay Bobby, one of the current major areas of interest for me is the whole analogia entis vs fidei debates as I have been reading quite a bit of radical orthodoxy/nouvelle theologie stuff recently, so that one caught my attention especially!

  2. Derrick,

    Great to hear from you, brother! I'll be interested to hear what you think. I will say about my chapter, just to prepare you, that it's pretty much a descriptive chapter (of Torrance's Theological Science V. a classic Thomist analogy of being. So I don't really think you will find anything new out about such things; but I do provide a somewhat suggestive/constructive comparison and application of the analogy of faith V. being as I take a look at some Reformed Confessions and a Catechism. I'm not trying to sell myself short ;-) ... I just want your expectations to be informed as you approach my chapter in particular. The book itself, if I must say so myself, turned out to be way more outstanding than I had imagined! Thanks to the great leadership of Myk, and the most excellent contributions from all of our authors; this volume will turn out to be steal no matter what the price turns out to be :-) ;-). Thanks for the feedback, Derrick!

  3. Is there a projected release date?

    By the way, I like the old school font on the blog. Very 19th century!

  4. @Kevin,

    No, now, talking to Myk; June is probably more likely ... I'm still holding out for May. When I get a release date I will let everyone know for sure!

    Thanks, I like the font too; I thought the same thing as you!

  5. Are we going to get this in UK? Or any chance you can send a copy over?


    1. Hi Dave,

      Great to hear from you!

      It is not quite ready yet; Wipf & Stock are on the cusp of releasing it, maybe even within days. It can be ordered directly through W & S at their website, or I'm sure through Amazon. I'll be doing a post once it is officially available, and once you've read it; I'll want to know what you think :-).

      Hope all is well, brother. You are doing great work with Sibbes, thank you for that! (and of course all the work you do for the love of Christ)


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