Christianities in the Trans-Atlantic World
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On Being Reformed

Debates over a Theological Identity

Authors: Bingham, M.C., Caughey, C., Clark, R.S., Gribben, C., Hart, D.G.

  • Explores one of the most important debates of historical theology within Protestantism – the definition of Calvinism and Reformed identity
  • Brings together two of the most important voices in this debate, R. Scott Clark and D. G. Hart, as the focus of this extended discussion
  • Appeals both to historians of religion in early modern Europe and America, and students and scholars of intellectual history
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This book provides a focus for future discussion in one of the most important debates within historical theology within the protestant tradition - the debate about the definition of a category of analysis that operates over five centuries of religious faith and practice and in a globalising religion. In March 2009, TIME magazine listed ‘the new Calvinism’ as being among the ‘ten ideas shaping the world.’ In response to this revitalisation of reformation thought, R. Scott Clark and D. G. Hart have proposed a definition of ‘Reformed’ that excludes many of the theologians who have done most to promote this driver of global religious change. In this book, the Clark-Hart proposal becomes the focus of a debate. Matthew Bingham, Chris Caughey, and Crawford Gribben suggest a broader and (they argue) more historically responsible definition for ‘Reformed,’ as Hart and Scott respond to their arguments.

About the authors

Matthew C. Bingham teaches systematic and historical theology at Oak Hill College, UK.

Chris Caughey completed his MDiv at Westminster Seminary California, and his PhD at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

R. Scott Clark is Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Westminster Seminary California, USA.

Crawford Gribben is Professor of Early Modern British History at Queen’s University Belfast, UK.

D. G. Hart is Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at Hillsdale College, USA.


Reviews

“This is an important book. It needs to find its way into seminaries and libraries, but also into the hands of any who are wrestling with the question of theological identity in the current shifting landscape. It deserves to be read and pondered by all who are convinced of the importance of an historically-grounded confessional identity for Reformed Christianity, and by those who are not.” (Jeremy Walker, The Banner of Truth, July, 2019)
“How does one identify a tradition, religious or political, and map its continuity from the past into the present? The authors show that issues of principle quickly arise between people who bind themselves to different ideas of sameness and difference.  Learned and lively, their debate is instructive even if the outcome is inconclusive.” (Paul Helm, Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion Emeritus, King’s College London, UK)

“On Being Reformed marshals the exceptional historical and ecclesiastical expertise of its various contributors to address the much debated identity of the Reformed tradition. Informed in their use of sources, forthright in their arguments, and irenic in tone, these essays will serve readers well by helping them discern where the fault lines between Baptist and Reformed churches truly lie and also where the bonds of unity in faith and practice may be found. Both are necessary services for those of us who inhabit a living Reformed tradition and wish to see it flourish in days ahead.” (Scott R. Swain, James Woodrow Hassell Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, USA)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)
  • History, Identity Politics, and the “Recovery of the Reformed Confession”

    Pages 1-26

    Caughey, Chris (et al.)

  • “Reformed Baptist”: Anachronistic Oxymoron or Useful Signpost?

    Pages 27-52

    Bingham, Matthew C.

  • Baptists Are Different

    Pages 53-68

    Hart, D. G.

  • A House of Cards? A Response to Bingham, Gribben, and Caughey

    Pages 69-89

    Clark, R. Scott

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
On Being Reformed
Book Subtitle
Debates over a Theological Identity
Authors
Series Title
Christianities in the Trans-Atlantic World
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-95192-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-95192-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-95191-1
Series ISSN
2634-5838
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 94
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