Oliver D. Crisp

Professor of Systematic TheologySchool of Theology

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626-584-5232
Education
BD, University of Aberdeen
MTh, University of Aberdeen
PhD, King’s College, University of London
DLitt, University of Aberdeen

Oliver D. Crisp, professor of systematic theology, joined Fuller’s faculty in 2011. He is also a professorial fellow at the Institute for Analytic and Exegetical Theology, University of St Andrews, Scotland. He is currently heading up a major $2 million dollar three-year research project entitled "Prayer, Love, and Human Nature: Analytic Theology for Theological Formation." This has been funded through the generosity of the John Templeton Foundation (see: http://analytictheologyfuller.org.)

Dr. Crisp has published many articles in professional journals including the Journal of the American Academy of Religion,Theological Studies, Religious Studies, Scottish Journal of Theology, and International Journal for Systematic Theology, among others. He has edited or coedited ten books and is the author of ten monographs, including Deviant Calvinism: Broadening Reformed Theology (2014), Jonathan Edwards Among the Theologians (2015), and The Word Enfleshed: Exploring the Person and Work of Christ (2016).

Along with Dr. Fred Sanders of Biola University, Crisp has initiated the Los Angeles Theology Conferences, which are held at Biola and Fuller in alternate years. The proceedings are published annually by Zondervan Academic. Crisp is also an editor of the Journal of Analytic Theology, and coeditor with Professor Michael Rea of the Oxford Studies in Analytic Theology, published by Oxford University Press.

Courses Taught

  • ST501: Systematic Theology 1: Theology and Anthropology
  • ST502: Systematic Theology 2: Christology and Soteriology
  • ST503: Systematic Theology 3: Ecclesiology and Eschatology
  • TH861/ST564: Topics in Contemporary Christology
  • TH867/569: Contemporary Perspectives on the Atonement
  • TH861/ST564: Topics in Contemporary Christology

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Systematic theology, analytic theology, philosophical theology, historical theology, hamartiology, Christology, soteriology, the theology of Jonathan Edwards, the theology of William Shedd, Reformed theology

Publications

Monographs

  • Jonathan Edwards among the Theologians (Eerdmans, 2015). c. 200pp.
  • Deviant Calvinism: Broadening Reformed Theology (Fortress Press, 2014), xii + 260 pp.
  • Jonathan Edwards on God and Creation (Oxford University Press, 2012), xvi + 260 pp.
  • Revisioning Christology: Theology in the Reformed Tradition (Ashgate, 2011), xviii + 148 pp.
  • Retrieving Doctrine: Essays in Reformed Theology (Paternoster, 2010 & IVP Academic, 2011). xvi + 209 pp.
  • God Incarnate: Explorations in Christology (T & T Clark, 2009). viii + 192 pp.
  • An American Augustinian: Sin and Salvation in the Dogmatic Theology of William G. T. Shedd (Paternoster/Wipf & Stock, 2007) in the Theological Monographs Series xvi + 183 pp.
  • Divinity and Humanity: The Incarnation Reconsidered (Cambridge University Press, 2007) in the Current Issues in Theology series edited by Prof. Iain Torrance, xiv + 187 pp.
  • Jonathan Edwards and the Metaphysics of Sin (Ashgate, 2005), viii +146 pp. inclusive.
Books Edited
  • Reason in the Service of Faith: The Collected Essays of Paul Helm, edited and with an Introduction by the author (Ashgate, 2016 In press).
  • Locating Atonement: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics. Proceedings of the Third Los Angeles Theology Conference, 2015. Co-edited with Fred Sanders (Zondervan Academic, 2015).
  • Advancing Trinitarian Theology: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics. Coedited with Fred Sanders (Zondervan Academic, 2014).
  • Text Message: The Centrality of Scripture in Preaching. Coedited with Ian Stackhouse (Pickwick Publications, 2014), 264pp.
  • Christology Ancient and Modern: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics. The Proceedings of the First LA Theology Conference, co-edited with Fred Sanders (Zondervan Academic, 2013), 212pp.
  • After Jonathan Edwards: The Courses of the New England Theology. Coedited with Douglas Sweeney (Oxford University Press, 2012), xvi + 339 pp.
  • Christianity and the Disciplines: The Transformation of the University. Edited with Gavin D’Costa, Peter Hampson and Mervyn Davies and a foreword by Rowan Williams (T & T Clark, 2012). 240pp.
  • Theology and Philosophy – Faith and Reason. Edited with Gavin D’Costa, Peter Hampson and Mervyn Davies and a foreword by Rowan Williams (T & T Clark, 2012). Includes my essay ‘Analytic Philosophy’. 256pp.
  • A Reader in Contemporary Philosophical Theology. Edited and with an Introduction by the author (T & T Clark, 2009). x + 375 pp.
  • Analytic Theology: New Essays in The Philosophy of Theology. Edited with Michael Rea (Oxford University Press, 2009). Includes my essay ‘On Analytic Theology’. x + 316 pp.
  • Jonathan Edwards: Philosophical Theologian. Edited with Paul Helm (Ashgate, 2003). This includes my xvi page introduction and essay ‘How “Occasional” was Edwards’ Occasionalism?’ 165 pp.
Essays and Articles in Books
  • ‘Anselm and Edwards on the Doctrine of God,’ in Kyle Strobel, ed. The Ecumenical Edwards: Jonathan Edwards and the Theologians (Ashgate, 2015).
  • ‘Uniting Us to God: Towards a Reformed Pneumatology’ in The Spirit of God: Christian Renewal in the Community of Faith (IVP Academic, 2015).
  • ‘The Christological Doctrine of the Image of God’ in Charles Taliaferro and Joshua Farris, eds. The Ashgate Research Companion to Theological Anthropology (Ashgate, 2015).
  • ‘Foreword’ to William B. Evans (ed.) The Incarnate Word: Selected Writings on Christology. The Mercersburg Theology Study Series 4 (Wipf & Stock, 2015).
  • ‘Introduction’ (with Fred Sanders) to Advancing Trinitarian Theology: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics, coedited with Fred Sanders (Zondervan Academic, 2014).
  • ‘Jacob Arminius and Jonathan Edwards on Creation’ in Keith D. Stanglin, Mark G. Bilby and Mark Mann (eds.) Reconsidering Arminius: Reformed and Wesleyan Theology for the Church Today (Abingdon/Kingswood Books, 2014), pp. 91-112.
  • ‘Jonathan Edwards on Preaching’ in Ian Stackhouse and Oliver Crisp, eds. Text Message: The Centrality of Scripture in Preaching (Pickwick Publications, 2014), pp. 85-99.
  • ‘Introduction’ (with Fred Sanders) in Oliver Crisp and Fred Sanders (eds.) Christology Ancient and Modern: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics (Zondervan Academic, 2013), pp. 13-18.
  • ‘Desiderata for Models of The Hypostatic Union’ in Oliver Crisp and Fred Sanders, eds. Christology Ancient and Modern: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics (Zondervan Academic, 2013), pp. 19-41.
  • ‘Foreword’ to Stephen R. C. Nichols, Jonathan Edwards’s Bible: The Relationship of The Old and New Testaments (Wipf & Stock, 2013).
  • ‘Incorporeality’ in Chad Meister and Paul Copan (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion (Routledge, 2012), pp. 344-355.
  • ‘Introduction’ in Oliver D. Crisp and Douglas Sweeney eds., After Jonathan Edwards: The Courses of the New England Theology (Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 1-14.
  • ‘The Moral Government of God: Jonathan Edwards and Joseph Bellamy on the Atonement’ in Oliver D. Crisp and Douglas Sweeney (eds.) After Jonathan Edwards: The Courses of the New England Theology (Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 78-90.
  • ‘Foreword’ to Gregory MacDonald, The Evangelical Universalist, Second Edition (SPCK, 2012).
  • ‘Analytical Philosophy’ in Oliver Crisp Gavin D’Costa, Peter Hampson and Mervyn Davies, eds. Theology and Philosophy: Faith and Reason (Religion and the University) (T & T Clark, 2012), pp. 171-185.
  • ‘ “The Excellency of Jesus Christ”: Affective Doctrine in the Sermons of Jonathan Edwards’ in W. John Lyons and Isabella Sandwell (eds.) Delivering the Word: Preaching and Exegesis in the Western Christian Tradition (Equinox, 2012), pp. 151-169.
  • ‘Compositional Christology without Nestorianism’ in Anna Marmadoro and Jonathan Hill (eds.) The Metaphysics of the Incarnation (Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 45-66.
  • ‘Salvation and Atonement: On The Value and Necessity of the Work of Christ’ in Ivor J. Davidson and Murray A. Rae (eds.) The God of Salvation: Soteriology in Theological Perspective (Ashgate, 2011), ch. 7.
  • ‘ “I teach it, but I also do not teach it”: Karl Barth (1886-1968) on Universalism’ in Gregory MacDonald, (ed.) “All Will be Well”: Explorations in Universalism and Christian Theology (Cascade Books, 2010), pp. 305-324.
  • ‘Faith and Experience’ in Gerald R. McDermott (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology (Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 68-80.
  • ‘Jonathan Edwards’ Panentheism’ in Don Schweitzer (ed.) Jonathan Edwards as Contemporary: Essays in Honor of Sang Lee (Peter Lang, 2010), pp. 107-126.
  • ‘John Calvin on Petitionary Prayer’ in Mark Thompson (ed.) Engaging Calvin (InterVarsity Press, 2009), pp. 136-157.
  • ‘John Calvin on Creation and Providence’ in Sung Wook Chung (ed.) John Calvin and Evangelical Theology: Legacy and Prospect (Paternoster/Westminster John Knox, 2009), pp. 43-65.
  • ‘Introduction’ and ‘Section Introductions’ in Oliver D. Crisp (ed.) A Reader in Contemporary Philosophical Theology (T & T Clark, 2009).
  • ‘On Analytic Theology’ in Oliver D. Crisp and Michael C. Rea (eds.) Analytic Theology: New Essays in Theological Method (Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 33-53.
  • ‘Original Sin and Atonement’ in Thomas P. Flint and Michael C. Rea (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology (Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 430-451.
  • ‘Multiple Incarnations’ in M. W. F. Stone (ed.) Reason, Faith and History: Essays in Honour of Paul Helm (Ashgate, 2008), pp. 217-236.
  • ‘Jonathan Edwards’s God: The Trinity, Individuation and Divine Simplicity’ in Bruce McCormack (ed.) Engaging the Doctrine of God (Baker Academic, 2008), pp. 83-103.
  • ‘The Logic of Penal Substitution Revisited’ in Derek Tidball, David Hilborn and Justin Thacker (eds.) The Atonement Debate: Papers from the London Symposium on the Atonement (Zondervan, 2008), pp. 208-227.
  • ‘Barth and Jonathan Edwards on Reprobation (and Hell)’ in Engaging with Barth: Contemporary Evangelical Critiques (eds.) David Gibson and Daniel Strange (InterVarsity Press/T & T Clark, 2008/2009), pp. 300-322.
  • ‘Incarnation’ in Kathryn Tanner, Iain Torrance and John Webster (eds.) The Oxford Handbook to Systematic Theology (Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 160-175.
  • Foreword to reissue of Norman Fiering, Jonathan Edwards’s Moral Thought in Its British Context (Wipf & Stock, 2007 [1981]).
  • Articles ‘Realism’ and ‘Phenomenalism’ in W. C. Campbell-Jack, Gavin J. McGrath, and C. Stephen Evans eds., the New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics (InterVarsity Press, 2006).
  • ‘Creation’ in Sung Wook Chung (ed.) Karl Barth and Evangelical Theology: Convergences and Divergences (Baker Academic/Paternoster Press, 2006), pp. 77-95.
  • ‘How Occasional was Edwards’ Occasionalism?’ in Paul Helm and Oliver Crisp (eds.) Jonathan Edwards: Philosophical Theologian (Ashgate, 2003), pp. 61-77.
  • ‘Introduction’ in Paul Helm and Oliver Crisp (eds.) Jonathan Edwards: Philosophical Theologian (Ashgate, 2003), pp. ix-xvi.
Essays and Articles in Journals
  • ‘On Original Sin’ in International Journal of Systematic Theology 17 (2015): 252–66.
  • ‘Concerning the Logos asarkos: A Response to Robert W. Jenson’ in Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 19 (2015): 39–52.
  • ‘Is Ransom Enough?’ in Journal of Analytic Theology 3 (2015): 1-11.
  • ‘The Debate about Reformed Thought on Human Free Will’ in Journal of Reformed Theology 8.3 (2014): 237-241. (Guest Editor’s Introduction to a symposium on Reformed accounts of human free will.)
  • ‘John Girardeau: Libertarian Calvinist?’ in Journal of Reformed Theology 8.3 (2014): 284-300. (Invited contribution to symposium on Reformed accounts of human free will.)
  • ‘On the Orthodoxy of Jonathan Edwards’ Scottish Journal of Theology 67.3 (2014): 304–22.
  • ‘Jonathan Edwards on the Trinity’ in Jonathan Edwards Studies 4.1 (2014): 21-41. (Located at: http://jestudies.yale.edu/index.php/journal/issue/view/25/showToc)
  • ‘Reason, Style and Wisdom: More on Analytic Theology’ part of a symposium on Analytic Theology in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion 81.3 (2013): 609-613.
  • ‘Remythologizing, Projection, and Belief: A Reply to Vanhoozer’ part of a symposium on Kevin Vanhoozer’s book, Remythologizing Theology in Southeastern Theological Review 4.1 (2013): 31-40.
  • ‘Ad Hector’ in Journal of Analytic Theology 1.1 (2013): 133-139 (part of a symposium on Kevin Hector’s book, Theology Without Metaphysics [Cambridge University Press, 2011]).
  • ‘On Being a Reformed Theologian’ published along with a companion paper by Professor Gavin D’Costa, ‘On being a Roman Catholic theologian’, in Theology 115.1 (2012): 14-25.
  • ‘Analytic Theology’ in Expository Times 122. 10 (2011): 1-9.
  • ‘John Owen on Spirit Christology’ in Journal of Reformed Theology 5.1 (2011): 5-25.
  • ‘Jonathan Edwards’s Ontology: A Critique of Sang Hyun Lee’s Dispositional Account of Edwardsian Metaphysics’ in Religious Studies 46 (2010): 1-20.
  • ‘Is Universalism a Problem for Particularists?’ in Scottish Journal of Theology 63.1 (2010): 1-23.
  • ‘Jonathan Edwards on the Divine Nature’ in Journal of Reformed Theology 3.2 (2009): 175-201.
  • ‘Jonathan Edwards and the Closing of the Table: Must the Eucharist be Open to All?’ in Ecclesiology 5 (2009): 48-68.
  • ‘Divine Beauty and Excellency: Some Lessons from Jonathan Edwards’ in Crux 44.3 (2008): 2-11.
  • ‘The Election of Jesus Christ’ in the Journal of Reformed Theology 2. 2 (2008): 131-150.
  • ‘Penal non-Substitution’ in Journal of Theological Studies NS 59 (2008): 140-168.
  • ‘On the ‘Fittingness’ of the Virgin Birth’ in Heythrop Journal 49. 2 (2008): 197-221.
  • ‘Was Christ Sinless or Impeccable?’ in Irish Theological Quarterly 72 (2007): 169-187.
  • ‘William Shedd on Christ’s Impeccability’ in Philosophia Christi 9.1 (2007): 165-188.
  • ‘Non-penal Substitution’ in International Journal of Systematic Theology 9.4 (2007): 415-433.
  • ‘On the Letter and Spirit of Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Election: A Reply to O’Neil’ in Evangelical Quarterly 79 (2007): 53-67.
  • ‘Robert Jenson on the Pre-existence of Christ’ in Modern Theology 23 (2007): 27-45.
  • ‘Sin, Atonement and Representation: Why William Shedd Was Not a Thoroughgoing Realist’ in Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 24.2 (2006): 155-175.
  • ‘Pulling Traducianism out of the Shedd’ in Ars Disputandi 6 (2006), located at www.arsdisputandi.org
  • ‘Shedding the Theanthropic Person of Christ’ in Scottish Journal of Theology 59 (2006): 327-350.
  • ‘Federalism vs. Realism: Charles Hodge, Augustus Strong and William Shedd on The Imputation of Sin’ in International Journal of Systematic Theology 8 (2006): 1-17.
  • ‘Problems with Perichoresis’ in Tyndale Bulletin 56 (2005): 118-140.
  • ‘Scholastic Theology, Augustinian Realism and Original Guilt’ in the European Journal of Theology 13 (2004): 17-28.
  • ‘Did Christ Have a Fallen Human Nature?’ in International Journal of Systematic Theology 6 (2004): 270-288.
  • ‘On Barth’s Denial of Universalism’ in Themelios 29 (2003): 18-29.
  • ‘Divine Retribution: A Defence’ in Sophia 42 (2003): 35-52.
  • ‘On the Theological Pedigree of Jonathan Edwards’ Doctrine of Imputation’ in Scottish Journal of Theology 56 (2003): 308-327.
  • ‘Augustinian Universalism’ in International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 53 (2003): 127-145.
  • ‘Jonathan Edwards on Divine Simplicity’ in Religious Studies 39 (2003): 23-41.

Additional Information

Dr. Crisp’s CV

Grants and Awards:
$102k award Templeton Foundation (via BioLogos) for “Original Sin Redux” a research project for 2013-14.

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