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Journal Articles & Book Chapters

Redefining Progress in Trinitarian Theology: Stephen R. Holmes on the Trinity

In various ways, much of the best new work on the doctrine of the Trinity can be considered counter-revolutionary. Nicaea was more doctrinally holistic than merely a refutation of one heresy; Augustine was not merely as bad Colin Gunton alleged; Aquinas did not sever the treatise on the One God from the treatise on the Trinity; De Régnon was overly schematic with his East-West distinction, and so on. The new wave of counter-revolutionary trinitarianism begs to differ, and is finding ways to leap over the orthodoxies of the recent past to get back in touch with a longer narrative that makes more sense. Steve Holmes’s book is the feistiest of this new wave of counter-revolutionary trinitarianism, and serves as a kind of clearing house for all the recent moves, stating them more succinctly, more coherently, and more explosively.

Honest to God, a Voice from Heaven? Communicative Theism in Vanhoozer’s Remythologizing Theology

At the 2012 ETS national conference, Mark Bowald emceed a set of critical interactions with Kevin Vanhoozer’s major work on the doctrine of God, Remythologizing Theology. These essays, by John Franke, Steve Wellum, Oliver Crisp, and…

The God Behind the Gospel

When people get saved, they don’t usually notice that something trinitarian has happened to them.  But “something trinitarian” is precisely what goes on in salvation: Everyone who has saving faith has been drawn by the Father…

Foreword to Harrower’s Trinitarian Self and SalvationAn Evangelical Engagement with Rahner’s Rule

Modern Trinitarian theology has rejoiced in its discovery of the way God has made himself known in the economy of salvation. Operating under the broad guidance of Rahner’s Rule (“The economic Trinity is the immanent Trinity, and…

Trinitarian Theology’s Exegetical Basis: A Dogmatic Survey

One of the chief obligations laid upon trinitarian theology in our time is that it renders the doctrine of the Trinity with unprecedented clarity as a biblical doctrine, or, to speak more precisely, as a doctrine that is in the Bible. If there ever was a time when theology could afford to hurry past this task, with an impatient wave of the hand in the general direction of scripture, that time is not now.

Don Giovanni: The Absolute Man and the Patience of God

Something strange, and theologically significant, happens when you listen to Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The peculiar phenomenon I have in mind has been reported by ordinary music lovers as well as by some of the most insightful…

Trinity Talk, Again

Abstract: The doctrine of the Trinity has, in the past couple of decades, reclaimed its central place in Christian God talk. Theologians are now using it to render every doctrine more explicitly Christian, and to sharpen…

The State of the Doctrine of the Trinity in Evangelical Theology

[In this article I attempted to name the most important trends in evangelical Trintarianism, and make some guesses about how they would develop in coming years. Much of the reportage and analysis is still worth reading,…

Entangled in the TrinityEconomic and Immanent Trinity in Recent Theology

There is a noteworthy line in John Donne’s Holy Sonnet 16, where the poet extols the Son of God for freely sharing the benefits of salvation while at the same time retaining “his jointure in the…

R.W. Moss, The Rev. W. B. Pope, D.D.: Theologian and Saint

This 126-page book, not available digitally as far as I know, is the fullest biography of Pope yet. It has eight chapters, covering Pope’s youth, student years, family life, Wesleyan ministry, position as theological tutor, preaching,…

Chronology of William Burt Pope

Early Life and Education (1822-1842) 1822: Born 19 Feb, Horton, Nova Scotia 1823: Family moves to St. Vincent, West Indies (missionary assignment) 1826: Brother dies 1827: Family moves to Turnchapel, Plymouth (village school and secondary school…

I, II, and III Johnin The International Illustrated Commentary on the New Testament, by American and English Scholars of Various Evangelical Denominations, ed Philip Schaff

A rare instance –perhaps the only instance?– of Pope engaging Scripture in a traditional commentary format. Pope considered I John to be the crowning statement of biblical revelation, and here at the end of his career…

1889 printing of A Compendium of Christian Theology, 2nd Edition, Revised and EnlargedBeing Analytical Outlines of a Course of Theological Study, Biblical, Dogmatic, Historical

This 1889 American printing is the final one during Pope’s lifetime. It is still the 2nd edition (there was no 3rd), but I believe it has a few silent alterations. I have not yet done a…

The Inward Witnessand Other Discourses

Seventeen chapters, 296 pages. “Most of these Discourses were officially delivered, as they severally show, on important occasions; and their publication is in a certain sense matter of duty. A few have been added in deference…

“William Burt Pope, D.D.” in Methodist Worthies

A substantial biographical entry (14 pages) published during Pope’s lifetime. Stevenson provides a fuller account of Pope’s 20 years of church ministry than any other source. There are a few loose statements that are hard to…

A Higher Catechism of Theology

389pp. Much to say about this book! Pope’s Higher Catechism was translated into Welsh in 1905 as Uch-Holwyddorydd Diwinyddol.

Ezra and Nehemiahfrom An Old Testament Commentary for English Readers by Various Authors

Only late in life did Pope undertake to write any traditional verse-by-verse Bible commentary, and this 1883 work on Ezra and Nehemiah is his only extended, running interaction with Old Testament text. Ellicott’s multi-author commentary has…

“The Education and Special Training of Ministers in Theological Schools”

This essay, which runs about 11 pages, was delivered to the Oecumenical Methodist Conference in London in 1881. Pope delivered it on Wednesday, September 14, during the session on education. The Proceedings of the meeting (published…