Evangelical Calvinism

Congratulations to Myk Habets and Bobby Grow on the bringing to birth of Evangelical Calvinism: Essays Resourcing the Continuing Reformation of the Church. It’s good to see this baby come full term. The Table of Contents reads:

Prologue: Union in Christ: A Declaration for the Church. Andrew Purves and Mark Achtemeier


1: Theologia Reformata et Semper Reformanda. Towards a Definition of Evangelical Calvinism. Myk Habets and Bobby Grow

Part 1: Prolegomena – Historical Theology

2: The Phylogeny of Calvin’s Progeny: A Prolusion. Charles Partee

3: The Depth Dimension of Scripture: A Prolegomenon to Evangelical Calvinism. Adam Nigh

4: Analogia Fidei or Analogia Entis: Either Through Christ or Through Nature. Bobby Grow

5: The Christology of Vicarious Agency in the Scots Confession According to Karl Barth. Andrew Purves

Part 2: Systematic Theology

6: Pietas, Religio, and the God Who Is. Gannon Murphy

7: “There is no God behind the back of Jesus Christ:” Christologically Conditioned Election. Myk Habets

8: A Way Forward on the Question of the Transmission of Original Sin. Marcus Johnson

9: “The Highest Degree of Importance”: Union with Christ and Soteriology. Marcus Johnson

10: “Tha mi a’ toirt fainear dur gearan:” J. McLeod Campbell and P.T. Forsyth on the Extent of Christ’s Vicarious Ministry. Jason Goroncy

11: “Suffer the little children to come to me, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Infant Salvation and the Destiny of the Severely Mentally Disabled. Myk Habets

Part 3: Applied Theology

12: Living as God’s Children: Calvin’s Institutes as Primer for Spiritual Formation. Julie Canlis

13: Idolaters at Providential Prayer: Calvin’s Praying Through the Divine Governance. John C McDowell

14: Worshiping like a Calvinist: Cruciform Existence. Scott Kirkland

Part 4

15: Theses on a Theme. Myk Habets and Bobby Grow

Epilogue: Post Reformation Lament. Myk Habets


  1. some good folk listed her Jason… Does this book address that “great” Calvinist doctrine which so pervades what is now called ‘evangelicalism’, namely penal substitution? Is it the elephant in the room or is the perception that it might be being done to death elsewhere?


  2. I admit I had to look up ‘phylogeny’… :)

    I don’t suppose you’ve had a chance to look at John McDowell’s essay to give me a hint about its content?


  3. @Bruce: the notion of penal substitution is mainly dealt with in the closing chapter – ‘Theses on a Theme’ by Myk and Bobby. My own contribution is more concerned with ‘non-penal substitution’.

    @Terry: No, sorry. I’ve not had a chance yet to read more than a few of the chapters. I can tell you, though, that in the introductory chapter, Myk and Bobby describe John’s essay thus:

    ‘John McDowell reflects on a cluster of issues arising from the work of John Calvin on providence, retrieving Calvin from some of the more deterministic readings of his account, and moves from there to make connections between theology and practice, the formation and transformation of judgment, and of persons in prayerful correspondence to the God of providential concursus. McDowell considers six key points from Calvin’s theology of prayer, providence, and God, and draws these into an acute dialogue with contemporary concerns before offering a concluding definition of prayer’.

    Hope that that helps.


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