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Publication Date: 2011
Taking the late twentieth century revival of the doctrine of the Trinity as a context, doctrine from the biblical text to the present day. The book traces the exegetical and philosophical debates that led to the settling of the ecumenical doctrine of the Trinity in the fourth century, and then explores how this doctrine was developed, questioned and received throughout history.
Presently he is working on a book on the theology of John Calvin, and a popular level book on the atonement, offering a cautious defence of penal substitution. He plans further work on the atonement, including conference papers, contributions to books, and a monograph, on the doctrine of God; this will begin with a monograph on the history of Trinitarian doctrine, but will focus on differing estimations of the relationship between Trinitarian and Christological dogma, and the perfections of God.
Selected publications: God of Grace and God of Glory: An Account of the Theology of Jonathan Edwards(Edinburgh and Grand Rapids, MI: T&T Clark and Eerdmans, 2000); The Practice of Theology (with Colin Gunton and Murray Rae - London: SCM Press, 2001); Listening to the Past: The Place of Tradition in Theology (Carlisle and Grand Rapids, MI: Paternoster Press and Baker Academic, 2002); The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Practice: A Reader (ed., with Paul Ballard) (DLT; 2005)
Most recently he has published The Holy Trinity: Understanding God's life (Christian Doctrine in Historical Perspective)(Paternoster, 2011)