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Gathering Interest
Wipf & Stock Studies in Reformed Theology (7 vols.)
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Overview

The Wipf & Stock Studies in Reformed Theology explores the most poignant issues and figures from the Reformed tradition. Bringing together several fresh studies in Reformed thought, this collection reviews past thinkers, and looks forward to the blessings and challenges ahead for an increasingly international church. Also present is the latest and best scholarship on controversial issues like election and the Eucharist. As a new century dawns, the Gospel stays the same. This collection provides the most recent word in discussions where the Gospel meets fallen human culture.

Logos Bible Software connects these resources with the primary texts of important Reformed thinkers discussed in these volumes, including Calvin, Knox, and Barth. Scripture references appear on mouseover and link directly to your preferred English translation and original-language texts. Perform powerful searches with the Topic Guide to instantly gather relevant biblical texts and resources, enabling you to jump into the conversation with the foremost scholars on issues within the Reformed tradition. And with tablet and mobile apps, you can take the discussion with you. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Surveys the most salient issues in Reformed theology
  • Studies key figures of the Reformed tradition
  • Gathers today’s freshest Reformed voices

Individual Titles

Covering Up Luther: How Barth’s Christology Challenged the Deus Absconditus that Haunts Modernity

  • Author: Rustin E. Brian
  • Series: Veritas
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 214

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Karl Barth’s Christology provides a key to responding to the Deus Absconditus, which Rustin Brian contends is the god of modernity. Included in this is the rejection of the logical and philosophical systems that allow for the modern understanding of God as the Deus Absconditus, namely, dialectics and nominalism. This rejection is illustrated, interestingly enough, in Barth’s decision to literally cover up, with a rug, Martin Luther’s works in his personal library. Surely this was more than a decorative touch.

The reading of Barth’s works that results from this starting point challenges much of contemporary Barth scholarship and urges readers to reconsider Barth. Through careful examination of a large body of Barth’s writings, particularly in regard to the issues of the knowledge or knowability of God, as well as Christology, Brian argues that contemporary Barth scholarship should be done in careful conversation with the finest examples of both Protestant and, especially, Roman Catholic theology. Barth’s paradoxical Christology thus becomes the foundation for a dogmatic ecumenicism. Barth’s Christology, then, just might be able to open up possibilities for discussion and even convergence, within a church that is anything but one.

This book is a significant contribution to the lively conversation between Christian theology and postmodernity. Perhaps Brian's most trenchant insight is that Karl Barth’s quarrel with Martin Luther in regards to the Deus Absconditus parallels postmodernity's critique of typically modern conceptions of God, entertained by believers and non-believers alike. Thus, the greatest Protestant theologian of the twentieth century shows the path toward dialogue with the dominant cultural form of the twenty-first century. Brian's text is lively, provocative, well-written, and compellingly argued.

Robert Barron, author, The Priority of Christ

Rustin E. Brian is a pastor at the Church of the Nazarene. He teaches theology as an adjunct professor at several schools, including Northwest Nazarene University.

Building a Eucharistic Pedagogy for the Presbyterian Church of Korea

  • Author: Hyoung Seop Shin
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 202

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This book will open the door for further educational and liturgical discussions of the work of contextualization in churches around the world. Even though this study investigates a contextual pedagogy limited to the Presbyterian Church of Korea, this task needs attention and study beyond that context. The gospel is the worldwide truth that cannot be limited to a certain culture but becomes incarnated into each local culture. Therefore, this kind of contextual investigation between the gospel and culture will not be optional, but imperative to all churches.

When Christian practices become adapted and embedded in a culture’s distinctive ways of knowing and acting, the gospel truly comes alive. Two of these central practices—worship and Christian education—are brought together in this groundbreaking work. Shin has provided the Korean church and the global church with guidance in examining, revising, and reappropriating practices of eucharistic pedagogy in ways that will inspire and enrich all who explore these pages.

—Jane Rogers Vann, emerita professor of Christian education, Union Presbyterian Seminary

Hyoung Seop Shin graduated from Union Presbyterian Seminary and serves Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary in Seoul as an instructor of Christian Education. He is also the director of Christian education in Choongshin Presbyterian Church in South Korea.

Coena Mystica: Debating Reformed Eucharistic Theology

  • Authors: John Williamson Nevin and Charles Hodge
  • Editors: Linden J. DeBie and W. Bradford Littlejohn
  • Series: Mercersburg Theology Study Series
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 246

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Coena Mystica contains the never-before-reprinted text of John Williamson Nevin’s response to Charles Hodge’s devastating critiques of his 1846 magnum opus, The Mystical Presence. Initially appearing in twelve issues of the little-known Weekly Messenger of the German Reformed Church and almost entirely neglected by historians since, Nevin’s response included the full text of Hodge’s article, with his rejoinders interspersed every few pages. These articles, in addition to providing a lively and illuminating debate on the roots of Reformed eucharistic theology, take the disputants into such fields as the nature of the church, the development of doctrine, the person and work of Christ, and the merits of German idealism. The quality of the historical argument and theological acumen here displayed makes this exchange one of the landmark theological controversies of the nineteenth century, a gift to historians of the period, students of Reformed theology, and anyone seeking to better understand the contentious legacy of the Protestant Reformation.

These are essential documents pertaining to one of the most important theological debates in American history. They remain of great interest today for not only deepening how Reformed churches might understand the Lord’s Supper in accord with Calvin, but also for the possibility of Reformed ecumenical convergence with churches from which they have long been divided. . . . The editors have performed a great service to theology and the church.

—George Hunsinger, Princeton Theological Seminary

No theological debate in nineteenth-century America displayed more erudition, logical acumen, and knowledge of European scholarship than the clash between Hodge and Nevin over the sacraments. The editors of this volume not only provide stunningly good introductions, but they also arrange the material in an ingenious way that deepens our insights into the issues and enables us to easily follow the discussion.

—E. Brooks Holifield, Emory University

John Williamson Nevin (1803–1886) was a leading nineteenth-century American theologian. Originally trained in the Presbyterian Church, he took up a teaching post at Mercersburg Seminary of the German Reformed Church in 1841. He spent the rest of his life teaching and writing in that denomination, though his controversial work brought him fame (and infamy) well beyond its borders.

Charles Hodge (1797–1878) was one of the most influential American theologians of the nineteenth century. A professor at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1820 until his death, Hodge was a champion of Calvinistic confessionalism, or “old Prince theology.” His three volume Systematic Theology is a classic statement of nineteenth-century American Calvinism.

Eternal Blessedness for All?: A Historical-Systematic Examination of Scheiermacher’s Understanding of Predestination

  • Author: Anette I. Hagan
  • Series: Princeton Theological Monograph Series
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 294

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This work shows how the acclaimed father of modern theology, Friedrich Schleiermacher, brilliantly approached predestination. It took many twists and turns of historical and philosophically minded analyses, however, for him to get to an answer acceptable to him theologically. This book unpacks those efforts in manageable form, based on a close examination of a pivotal 1819 essay, On the Doctrine of Election; his masterpiece, Christian Faith; sermons; and other related sources. Schleiermacher was the first modern theologian of stature to endorse the universal restoration of all humanity. This study also displays the historical, ecumenical, and doctrinal contexts in which his views were fashioned. It takes a careful look at the contemporary reception of his heterodox, universalist reinterpretation of the traditional Reformed doctrine of double predestination and of Lutheran alternatives, showing that his public stance was, in fact, rather ambiguous, for reasons made clear here. Finally, it examines reasons for his failure to convince contemporary theologians and concludes with an assessment of his interpretation of the doctrine of the one eternal divine decree of universal election in view of current interests in theology.

In this extraordinarily clear-headed examination of a key doctrinal problem in theology, Hagan takes readers through dark thickets of traditional talk about divine determination of people’s status before and after death with penetrating light. In a series of deft steps she guides us through Schleiermacher’s masterfully considered option, which guardedly affirms a doctrine of eventually universal restoration. This she shows him doing without bypassing the seriousness of sin but giving primacy to the supreme love, wisdom, and power of divine grace.

—Terrence N. Tice, University of Michigan

Anette I. Hagan is senior curator of rare book collections at the National Library of Scotland. She is also an elder in the Church of Scotland.

Engaging Westminster Calvinism: The Composition of Redemption’s Song

  • Author: Mark W. Karlberg
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 188

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This collection of writings contains articles and book reviews that are not readily accessible to most readers. Many of them are written for a wider audience of informed lay students of Scripture, as well as seminarians. They have been brought together here in a fresh way with other new writings. As a result, this study is somewhat unique, drawing upon the author’s career in theology and church music. Over the course of four decades of scholarly research and writing Mark Karlberg has also been engaged in the music ministry of the church, serving as organist and choir director. Chief influences in his study and practice of music in the church have been Robert Elmore and Gerre Hancock, leading organists, choral masters, and composers of our generation. In the course of their stellar careers, Elmore and Hancock have served in different ecclesiastical settings—Moravian, Presbyterian, Southern Baptist, and Anglican. What they both share in common is their exceptional skill in the art of improvisation. Part of their accompaniment was “off the written musical score,” resulting in service-playing that was creative and engaging. This collection of writings is offered up in the spirit of their artistic expression, bearing as its theme the great Song of Redemption, composed by “the singing Christ.”

Mark W. Karlberg earned his ThD from Westminster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Gospel Grace.

A Pastoral Proposal for an Evangelical Theology of Freedom: A Respectful Response to the Expressed Hope of Dr. Karl Barth

  • Author: Albert J. D. Walsh
  • Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 144

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In concluding the series of lectures given while he made his first and only visit to the U.S., Dr. Karl Barth expressed his hope to see a theology of freedom for humanity originating from the U.S. As a respectful response to the expressed hope of Karl Barth, Albert Walsh presents this essay as a pastoral proposal on the subject of freedom from the point of view of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Walsh presents both biblical and theological foundations for a theology of freedom, which he calls “graced-freedom,” contending that this is that transcendent freedom that God alone confers and sustains as a freedom for humanity.

Freedom is a cherished value, yet it is often misunderstood within Christian circles. In this essay, Walsh provides a thoughtful and accessible study for layman and pastor alike. Through surveying biblical texts, he qualifies freedom, defining it as graced freedom in relation to the lordship of Christ. He then provides challenging pastoral applications in the context of ecumenicity. This is a thought-provoking essay on freedom.

—H. Drake Williams III, professor of New Testament, Tyndale Theological Seminary

Albert J. D. Walsh is pastor of Heidelberg United Church of Christ in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. Ordained in 1981, Walsh has served churches throughout the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference. His sermons have been published in The Minister’s Manual and INSIGHTS. He is the author of Reflections on Death and United and Uniting.

John Knox: An Introduction to His Life and Works

  • Authors: Richard G. Kyle and Dale W. Johnson
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 220

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While the Reformed tradition originated with Huldrych Zwingli and was more fully developed with John Calvin, it was John Knox who made significant contributions to this movement as it unfolded in Scotland. John Knox: An Introduction to His Life and Works traces the life and thought of John Knox in a succinct and readable way. While a number of biographies tell the story of the famous Scottish reformer, professors Kyle and Johnson take the reader in a different direction, offering an interpretation of his writings. They take a chronological approach to his works—leading the reader through his early years, his exile, and his return to Scotland—allowing them to speak for themselves, an approach that also tells the story of Knox’s life and ideas.

Richard G. Kyle is professor of history and religion at Tabor College.

Dale W. Johnson is a professor of church history at Erskine Theological Seminary.

Product Details

  • Title: Wipf & Stock Studies in Reformed Theology
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Volumes: 7
  • Pages: 1,508