My main research interests include historical and systematic theology. I have a particular interest in the history of nineteenth and twentieth-century German Protestant theology, with a special focus on the theology of Adolf Schlatter (1852-1938). The following lists a more detailed description of my research interests, and I look forward to hearing from students considering postgraduate work in these fields:
The theology of Adolf Schlatter
I find Adolf Schlatter’s biography and theology fascinating. My monograph, Union with Christ: Adolf Schlatter’s Relational Christology (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2015), is the product of research I carried out as a doctoral student at the University of Edinburgh and for which I was awarded the Adolf-Schlatter-Prize of the Adolf-Schlatter Foundation in Germany (see here).
I am currently working on a German translation of my monograph (to be published with the Theologischer Verlag Zürich in 2017) while also translating Adolf Schlatter’s work, Jesu Gottheit und das Kreuz. I have also published a series of articles on the doctrine of Scripture, the doctrine of sanctification, and the role of theology at the university in the theology of Schlatter.
The theology of Jonathan Edwards
The works of Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) continue to stimulate me. I am particularly interested to explore Edwards’ understanding of revelation as divine communicativeness and his profound vision of what he called “God’s excellencies.” I have written on Edwards’ legacy in terms of his vision of the church, which I consider highly important for our discussions on ecclesiology today.
Theology and Culture
I am very interested in public theology, and in particular in the contribution of Dutch Neo-Calvinist Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920). During my research fellowships at the Theologische Universiteit Kampen and at Princeton Theological Seminary (as the 2011 and 2012 visiting Puchinger scholar), I focused on Kuyper’s project of a public theology for church and culture. I have written a number of essays which seek to apply Kuyper’s vision to our situation today, exploring the role of theology at the university and the relationship between theology and the arts and politics.
Christian doctrine in all its diversity and complexity fuels my curiosity, which translates into different research projects, especially in the areas of Christology, pneumatology, atonement theology, the doctrines of justification and sanctification, and ecclesiology, predominantly from the perspective of the Reformed tradition.