Retrieving Doctrine: Essays in Reformed Theology  -     By: Oliver Crisp
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In Retrieving Doctrine: Essays in Reformed Theology Oliver Crisp offers essays analyzing the significance and contribution of several great thinkers in the Reformed tradition, ranging from John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards to Karl Barth, and issues including issues such as universalism, creation, atonement, and more.

In addition to showing how these great theologians navigated pressing theological issues in their own context, he provides insightful suggestions and direction for ways in which contemporary readers can draw important insight from the tradition relevant to current discussions.

Features:

  • Includes in-depth essays that engage a wide array of historical thinkers and theological loci
  • Examines the thought of major historical figures and introduces readers to several key less familiar figures from the Reformed tradition
  • Contains sharp analytic discussions of historical issues with contemporary relevance and application
  • Useful as a key text for historical and systematic theology courses in Christian institutions

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0830839283
ISBN-13: 9780830839285
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Publisher's Description

In this volume Oliver Crisp offers a set of essays that analyze the significance and contribution of several great thinkers in the Reformed tradition, ranging from John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards to Karl Barth. Crisp demonstrates how these thinkers navigated pressing theological issues in their historical settings and in what ways contemporary readers can draw important insights from the tradition relevant to current discussions.

Author Bio

Oliver Crisp completed a foundation diploma in fine art at Wimbledon School of Art (1990-1991) before going to the University of Aberdeen for his BD in Systematic Theology and Church History. He went on to read for an MTh at Aberdeen (1998), and a PhD at King's College, University of London, on the philosophical theology of Jonathan Edwards (2002). Crisp taught theology at the University of St. Andrews from 2002-2004. He was the Frederick J. Crosson Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame, USA (2004-2005) and the William H. Scheide Fellow in Theology at the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton (2008-2009), where he remains a Member. He has also been a visiting lecturer at Regent College, Vancouver, BC (2005, 2007-2009) and was the Secretary to the Society for the Study of Theology from 2007-2010. He is currently on the Committee of the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion. His research covers philosophical theology, systematic theology and some historical theology and ethics. Current research interests include analytic theology; eighteenth and nineteenth century American Reformed theology, particularly Jonathan Edwards, the New Divinity, William Shedd, John Williamson Nevin; modern Anglo-American systematic theology; and the Incarnation and Atonement. Crisp is the author of many articles and books including (Ashgate, 2005), , (Paternoster Press/ Wipf and Stock, 2007) and (T & T Clark, 2009).

Endorsements

A living Christian theological tradition feeds on itself, revisiting and foraging in the writings of the doctors of the church, some great, some less so. Oliver Crisp once again proves himself to be an admirably informative guide to the Reformed tradition, and generous, firm and fair in his judgments. Retrieving Doctrine will further enhance his reputation as a historically sensitive dogmatic theologian who puts the tools of analytic philosophy to good use.
-Paul Helm, Regent College, Vancouver

"Oliver Crisp argues here for the ongoing vitality of several diverse Reformed traditions. Yet as this book shows, 'traditional' thinking need not be dry or unimaginative. Indeed, the real energy of Crisp's writing lies in its restrained speculative impulse. He is drawn to the curious, untidy edges of Reformed tradition, the unexplored (or largely forgotten) tensions and problems which the tradition has produced. In the midst of these tensions, Crisp finds new possibilities for contemporary theology. Even where he disagrees with a thinker from the past, his engagement is marked by a friendly attentiveness and a commitment to the ongoing promise of Reformed dogmatics.
-Ben Myers,
School of Theology, Charles Sturt University, and moderator of Faith and Theology (http://faith-theology.blogspot.com)


Elegant and penetrating, these studies of thinkers from the Reformed tradition exemplify the courteous engagement with tradition which characterizes the best constructive theology.
-John Webster, University of Aberdeen

Rooted in careful historical scholarship and patient reading of texts, this volume offers a series of explorations on vital themes in the Reformed tradition. This is a lively and important collection that will repay the attention of all those committed to a historically grounded, constructive appropriation of Reformed theology today.
-David Fergusson, New College, University of Edinburgh

Analytic theology is sometimes criticized for being both detached from the Christian tradition and insensitive to pastoral concerns. Such criticisms miss the mark entirely with respect to this clear and penetrating study by Oliver Crisp. He engages some of the giants of the Reformed tradition (such stalwarts as Calvin and Turretin as well as Edwards, Barth and other innovators) with precision and grace. The result is a feast of historically informed and pastorally attuned analytic theology that is both informative and edifying.
-Thomas McCall,
associate professor of biblical and systematic theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

A sustained conversation with voices representing the Reformed tradition at its very best. In this series of judicious and illuminating studies, Dr. Crisp looks to the lessons of the past to inform our present-day engagements with some of the core doctrines of Christian faith.
-Trevor Hart, professor of divinity, University of St. Andrews

Oliver Crisp has already established himself as one of the smartest theologians of his generation. Setting his analytic tools to work on a handful of the Reformed tradition's brightest lights, Crisp here contributes to our understanding of both them and their subject matter. The result is an eminently clear, incisive book that I heartily commend to anyone interested in Reformed theology.
-Kevin W. Hector,
assistant professor of theology and philosophy of religion, University of Chicago Divinity School

Editorial Reviews

"Oliver Crisp has already established himself as one of the smartest theologians of his generation. Setting his analytic tools to work on a handful of the Reformed tradition's brightest lights, Crisp here contributes to our understanding of both them and their subject matter. The result is an eminently clear, incisive book that I heartily commend to anyone interested in Reformed theology."
"A sustained conversation with voices representing the Reformed tradition at its very best. In this series of judicious and illuminating studies, Dr. Crisp looks to the lessons of the past to inform our present-day engagements with some of the core doctrines of Christian faith."
"Analytic theology is sometimes criticized for being both detached from the Christian tradition and insensitive to pastoral concerns. Such criticisms miss the mark entirely with respect to this clear and penetrating study by Oliver Crisp. He engages some of the giants of the Reformed tradition (such stalwarts as Calvin and Turretin as well as Edwards, Barth and other innovators) with precision and grace. The result is a feast of historically informed and pastorally attuned analytic theology that is both informative and edifying."
"Rooted in careful historical scholarship and patient reading of texts, this volume offers a series of explorations on vital themes in the Reformed tradition. This is a lively and important collection that will repay the attention of all those committed to a historically grounded, constructive appropriation of Reformed theology today."
"Elegant and penetrating, these studies of thinkers from the Reformed tradition exemplify the courteous engagement with tradition which characterizes the best constructive theology."
"Oliver Crisp argues here for the ongoing vitality of several diverse Reformed traditions. Yet as this book shows, 'traditional' thinking need not be dry or unimaginative. Indeed, the real energy of Crisp's writing lies in its restrained speculative impulse. He is drawn to the curious, untidy edges of Reformed tradition, the unexplored (or largely forgotten) tensions and problems which the tradition has produced. In the midst of these tensions, Crisp finds new possibilities for contemporary theology. Even where he disagrees with a thinker from the past, his engagement is marked by a friendly attentiveness and a commitment to the ongoing promise of Reformed dogmatics."
"A living Christian theological tradition feeds on itself, revisiting and foraging in the writings of the doctors of the church, some great, some less so. Oliver Crisp once again proves himself to be an admirably informative guide to the Reformed tradition, and generous, firm and fair in his judgments. Retrieving Doctrine will further enhance his reputation as a historically sensitive dogmatic theologian who puts the tools of analytic philosophy to good use."

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