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Aquinas Among the Protestants


Edited by

Manfred Svensson
David VanDrunen














Notes on Contributors

Michael Allen is Associate Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida. Together with Scott Swain he is author of Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval in Theology and Biblical Interpretation (2015). In addition to articles in various journals, his books include Justification and the Gospel: Understanding the Contexts and Controversies (2013) and Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics: An Introduction and Reader (2012).

Jordan J. Ballor serves as executive editor of the Journal of Markets & Morality and research fellow at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is also the associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary. In addition to his book Covenant, Causality, and Law: A Study in the Theology of Wolfgang Musculus (2012) he has published articles in journals such as Reformation & Renaissance Review and Scottish Journal of Theology.

John Bolt is Professor of Systematic Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author of several articles and books, including A Free Church, A Holy Nation: Abraham Kuyper’s American Public Theology (2000). He is the editor of the four‐volume English edition of Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics.

Jonathan Chaplin is Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, Cambridge, UK. He has authored or edited nine books and reports, and many articles, in this field. Recent publications include God and Government (co‐editor, 2009), God and Global Order (co‐editor, 2010), Multiculturalism: A Christian Retrieval (2011), and Herman Dooyeweerd: Christian Philosopher of State and Civil Society (2011).

J. V. Fesko is Academic Dean and Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Westminster Seminary California. His publications include Justification: Understanding the Classic Reformed Doctrine (2008), Beyond Calvin: Union with Christ and Justification in Early Modern Reformed Theology (1517–1700) (2012), The Covenant of Redemption: Origins, Development, and Reception (2015), and Death in Adam, Life in Christ: The Doctrine of Imputation (2016).

Sven Grosse is Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at the Staatsunabhängige Theologische Hochschule Basel. His books include Gott und das Leid in den Liedern Paul Gerhardts (2001) and Heilsungewissheit und Scrupulositas im späten Mittelalter. Studien zu Johannes Gerson und Gattungen der Frömmigkeitstheologie seiner Zeit (1994).

Paul Helm has served as Professor of Theology and Philosophy of Religion at Regent College in Vancouver, Highland Theological College in Scotland, and King’s College London. He has published extensively on contemporary philosophy of religion and on the thought of John Calvin. His publications include John Calvin’s Ideas (2004) and Eternal God (2011).

Jack Kilcrease is an adjunct professor of theology at the Institute of Lutheran Theology in South Dakota and Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His publications include several articles and the book The Self‐Donation of God: A Contemporary Lutheran Approach to Christ and His Benefits (2013).

Torrance Kirby is Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Director for the Centre for Research on Religion at McGill University in Montreal. His books include A Companion to Peter Martyr Vermigli (2009), The Zurich Connection and Tudor Political Theology (2007), and Richard Hooker, Reformer and Platonist (2013).

Stefan Lindholm is Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion at Johannelunds teologiska högskola, Uppsala, Sweden. He is the author of Jerome Zanchi (1515–1590) and the Analysis of Reformed Scholastic Christology (2016). He is editor of the journal Theofilos and the author of articles in various scholarly journals.

Sebastian Rehnman is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Stavanger in Norway. His books include Divine Discourse: The Theological Methodology of John Owen (Baker Academic, 2002) and Tänkesätt: Studier i Alvin Plantingas filosofi (Norma, 2004). He has published extensively both on Protestant scholasticism and contemporary philosophy of religion.

Manfred Svensson is Professor of Philosophy at the Universidad de los Andes, Chile. His books include Theorie und Praxis bei Augustin (2009) and Reforma protestante y tradición intelectual cristiana (2016).

Scott R. Swain is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando. His publications include The God of the Gospel: Robert Jenson’s Trinitarian Theology (2013), Trinity, Revelation, and Reading: A Theological Introduction to the Bible and Its Interpretation (2011), and, with Michael Allen, Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval in Theology and Biblical Interpretation (2015).

David S. Sytsma is Research Curator at the Junius Institute, Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids and teaches at Tokyo Christian University. With Jordan Ballor and Jason Zuidema he is editor of Church and School in Early Modern Protestantism. Studies in Honor of Richard A. Muller on the Maturation of a Theological Tradition (2013).

David VanDrunen is the Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster Seminary California, and a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 2016–17. Among his books are Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms: A Study in the Development of Reformed Social Thought (2010) and Divine Covenants and Moral Order: A Biblical Theology of Natural Law (2014).

Daniel Westberg is Professor of Ethics and Moral Theology at Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin. His books include Renewing Moral Theology: Christian Ethics as Action, Character and Grace (2015) and Right Practical Reason: Action, Aristotle, and Prudence in Aquinas (1994). He has published many articles in journals such as The Anglican Theological Review, The Thomist, and New Blackfriars.


The editors would like to thank a number of individuals and organizations for helping to make this project possible. Above all we’re grateful to the authors, both for their enthusiasm about this volume even from its early days and for their fine contributions to the final product. Along with them we thank Wiley‐Blackwell for their interest in publishing this volume and for seeing it through to completion.

Manfred acknowledges Fondecyt project 1130493, that allowed us some time together to plan and write, and the generous grant of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for a research stay at the University of Bamberg in Germany.

We also wish to thank our families and our home institutions, the Universidad de los Andes, Chile, and Westminster Seminary California, for the encouragement and resources they provide in support of our scholarly work.