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Deviant Calvinism: Broadening Reformed Theology

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In Deviant Calvinism, Oliver Crisp shows how the Reformed tradition is much broader and more diverse than often thought. Crisp focuses on a cluster of theological issues concerning the scope of salvation and shows that there are important ways in which current theological discussion of these topics can be enriched by attention to theologians of the past.

The scope of atonement, in particular, is once again a hot topic in current evangelical theology. This volume addresses that issue via discussion of eternal justification, whether Calvinists can be free-will libertarians (like Arminian theologians); whether the Reformed should be universalists, and if they are not, why not; whether Reformed theology is consistent with a universal atonement; and whether the hypothetical universalism of some Calvinists is actually as eccentric and strange a doctrine as is sometimes thought. This book contributes to theological retrieval within the Reformed tradition and establishes a wider path to thinking about Calvinism.

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  • Reexamines foundational thinkers in the Reformed tradition
  • Analyzes theological issues concerning the scope of atonement
  • Invites readers to broaden their thinking about Calvinism
  • Tradition, Faith, and Doctrine
  • Eternal Justification
  • Libertarian Calvinism
  • Augustinian Universalism
  • Universalism and Particularism
  • Barthian Universalism?
  • Hypothetical Universalism
  • The Double Payment Objection
A pertinent and timely volume that not only encourages appreciation of the rich diversity of the Reformed tradition but mines this in ways that facilitate highly constructive, contemporary engagement with the past. For many, Deviant Calvinism will constitute a redemptive Calvinism by offering alternative interpretations of a tradition whose credibility has been weakened by some of its more rigid advocates. Unsurprisingly, the essays in this volume exhibit the depth of perception, clarity of analysis, and, indeed, semantic hygiene that we have come to expect from one of the ablest theologians of our generation.

Alan J. Torrance, professor of systematic theology, University of St. Andrews

Oliver Crisp is one of the leading Reformed theologians of his generation. His essays are always rigorously argued, thoughtful, and provocative. This volume is no exception. Being even more deviant a Calvinist than Crisp himself, I enjoyed disagreeing with much of it.

George Hunsinger, Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary

Ad fonts!’ the Reformers urged a late medieval church; and Oliver Crisp has shown us, in this fine and innovative book, how we might return to the sources of the Reformed tradition itself and see an old Church with new eyes. A fresh reading of Calvinism emerges from these pages, rich in historical insight and open to alternative positions in doctrines of election, of justification, and of the scope of salvation in Christ. Theologically learned and philosophically rigorous, Deviant Calvinism sets the standard for analytic theology and promises a ressourcement out of the rich storehouse of the church, Reformed and ever reforming.

—Katherine Sonderegger, William Meade Chair in Systematic Theology, Virginia Theological Seminary

  • Title: Deviant Calvinism: Broadening Reformed Theology
  • Author: Oliver D. Crisp
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2014
  • Logos Release Date: 2015
  • Pages: 192
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Salvation › Reformed Church--History of doctrines; Reformed Church › Doctrines--History
  • ISBNs: 9781451486131, 9781451487596
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-04-26T19:30:15Z

Oliver D. Crisp attended the Wimbledon School of Art and the University of Aberdeen before completing his Ph.D. at King’s College, University of London on the philosophical theology of Jonathan Edwards. He has taught at the University of St. Andrews, the University of Notre Dame, and Regent College. He is currently a Reader in Theology at the University of Bristol.


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  1. Bryan Speer

    Bryan Speer


    "A fresh reading of Calvinism emerges from these pages, rich in historical insight and open to alternative positions in doctrines of election, of justification, and of the scope of salvation in Christ." comes from one of the reviewers. Another reviewer echoes the same sentiment. Then if you read a couple of the sample pages the concerns about this book grow. This sounds like someone saying they are reformed yet wanting to redefine core reformed doctrines. From the reviews and the sample pages I am not sure what they mean by reformed.


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