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Fred Sanders

Professor of Theology, Torrey Honors College, Biola University. 1999-present.



PhD, Graduate Theological Union, 2001


  • [soon forthcoming:] Union with Christ and the Life of Faith in the Soteriology and Doxology series (Baker Academic, 2025)
  • The Holy Spirit: An Introduction, a volume in the Short Studies in Systematic Theology series (Crossway, 2023)
  • Fountain of Salvation: Trinity and Soteriology (Eerdmans, 2021)
  • The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything (Crossway, 2010; Second Edition 2017). Translations: Korean, Spanish, Farsi
  • The Triune God. A volume in the New Studies in Dogmatics series edited by Michael Allen and Scott Swain (Zondervan, 2016)
  • John Wesley on the Christian Life: The Heart Renewed in Love. In the series “Theologians on the Christian Life” (Crossway, 2013). Available as audio book. Translation: Korean
  • The Image of the Immanent Trinity: Rahner’s Rule and the Theological Interpretation of Scripture (NY: Peter Lang, 2005).  Volume 12 in the series Issues in Systematic Theology, edited by Paul Molnar.

Edited Books

  • Co-Editor with Oliver D. Crisp, nine volumes of Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics as the proceedings of the Los Angeles Theology Conference (Zondervan Academic, 2013-2024).
  • Co-Editor and contributor, Retrieving Eternal Generation (Zondervan, 2017). With Scott R. Swain.
  • Co-editor and contributor, Theology and California: Theological Refractions on California’s Culture (Ashgate, 2014). With Jason Sexton.
  • Co-editor and contributor, Jesus in Trinitarian Perspective: An Intermediate Christology (Broadman and Holman, 2007). With Klaus Issler.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • [forthcoming]God is God for God: Aseity, Inseity, and Proseity in Evangelical Perspective,” in The God Who Is For Us (Zondervan, 2025)
  • [forthcoming ]”The Nicene Line, International Journal of Systematic Theology, 2025
  • [forthcoming] Only Begotten Son: The Doctrinal Functions of Eternal Generation” in On Classical Trinitarianism: Retrieving the Nicene Doctrine of the Triune God, ed. Matthew Barrett (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2024), 419-446.
  • “Incorruptible Trinity: Sketch of a Doctrine,” The Masters’ Seminary Journal  33/1 (Spring 2022) 115–125.
  • “Pannenberg’s Trinitarian Theology,” chapter 5 in Theology for the Future: The Enduring Promise of Wolfhart Pannenberg, ed. Andrew Hollingsworth (Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 2021), pp. 103-117.
  • “The Triune God,” in A Companion to the Theology of John Webster, ed Michael Allen and R. David Nelson (Eerdmans, 2021), 146-158.
  • “Undiminished, Transcendent, and Relevant: Joseph Ratzinger on Teaching on the Trinity,” in Benedict XVI: An Evangelical Appreciation of the Theology of Joseph Ratzinger, ed Tim Perry (Lexham Press, 2019), 136-151.
  •  “Holy Scripture Under the Auspices of the Holy Trinity: On John Webster’s Trinitarian Doctrine of Scripture,” International Journal of Systematic Theology (January 2019), pp 4-23.
  • “Back to the Trinity,” in Darren Sarisky, ed., Theologies of Retrieval: An Exploration and Appraisal (London: T. & T. Clark, 2017), 213-228.
  • “Trinity, the Holy” in Daniel J. Treier and Walter Elwell, eds, Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. Revised edition (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017), 898-900.
  • “These Three Atone: Atonement and the Trinity,” in Adam Johnson, ed, The T & T Clark Companion to the Atonement (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2017), 19-34.
  • “The Trinity” in Mapping Modern Theology: A Thematic History of Recent Theological Reflection, ed. Kelly M. Kapic and Bruce L. McCormack (Baker Academic, 2012), 21-44.
  • “The Trinity,” in The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology, edited by John Webster, Kathryn Tanner, and Iain Torrance (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), 35-53. 
  • “Trinity Talk, Again,” Dialog: A Journal of Theology 44/3 (Fall 2005), 264-272.
  • “Entangled in the Trinity: Economic and Immanent Trinity in Recent Theology,” in Dialog: A Journal of Theology 40:3 (Fall 2001), 175-182.

Lectures and Paper Presentations 

  • “God is God for God: Aseity, Inseity, and Proseity in Evangelical Perspective,” at Scottish Dogmatics Conference, May 2024
  • “The Doctrine of the Son: Trinitarian Christology for the Sake of the Gospel,” Annual Deere-Hester Lecture at Gateway Seminary. Mar 2024, Ontario, CA
  • “Trinitarianism Thick and Thin,” and “Trinity East and West,” Two plenary talks for Davenant California Colloquium. Sept 2023, Pasadena, CA
  • “The Blessed Trinity” Kistemaker Lectures at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, April 2019
  • “The Theology of Divine Blessedness” The Tyndale Doctrine Lecture at Tyndale Fellowship, Cambridge, UK, July 2018
  • “Evangelical Trinitarianism and the Unity of the Theological Disciplines” (Invited plenary) Presented at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theology Theological Society, November 2016, San Antonio, Texas
  • “Revealed Between the Testaments: Event and Scripture in Nazianzus’ Account of the Revelation of the Trinity in the Baptismal Command (Matthew 28:19)” Presented at the Holy Trinity in Holy Scripture conference at Tyndale University College, May 28-30, 2008 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • “The Life of the Trinity is Hidden in the Gospel: How Evangelical Practices are Tacitly Trinitarian” Presented at the 17th Wheaton Theology Conference, April 10-12, 2008 Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
  • “Mere Trinitarianism: C. S. Lewis’ Practical Doctrine of the Trinity” Presented at the Wheaton Theology Conference, April 1998 Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Press: (2013) “The L.A. Theologian,” Christianity Today: This is Our City, 2013, by James Arcadi