Pre-Order Now—On Being Reformed: Debates Over A Theological Identity

Matthew Bingham, Chris Caughey, R. Scott Clark, Crawford Gribben, and D. G. Hart, On Being Reformed: Debates Over A Theological Identity (London: Palgrave-Pivot, 2018). From the publisher: This book provides a focus for future discussion in one of the most important debates within historical theology within the protestant tradition – the debate about the definition of a category of analysis that operates over five centuries of religious faith and practice and in a globalising religion. In March 2009, TIME magazine listed ‘the new Calvinism’ as being among the ‘ten ideas shaping the world.’ In response to this revitalisation of reformation thought, R. Scott Clark and D. G. Hart have proposed a definition of ‘Reformed’ that excludes many of the theologians who have done most to promote this driver of global religious change. In this book, the Clark-Hart proposal becomes the focus of a debate. Matthew Bingham, Chris Caughey, and Crawford Gribben suggest a broader and (they argue) more historically responsible definition for ‘Reformed,’ as Hart and Clark respond to their arguments.


This hardcover volume will be available via Amazon (USA) on August 26, 2018. It’s available in the UK via Palgrave-Macmillan. The e-version is a little less expensive and available directly from the publisher. This is an academic volume and priced for academic libraries. My chapter is “A House of Cards? A Response to Bingham, Cribben, and Caughey.”

Matthew C. Bingham teaches systematic and historical theology at Oak Hill College, UK.

Chris Caughey completed his MDiv at Westminster Seminary California, and his PhD at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

R. Scott Clark is Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Westminster Seminary California, USA.

Crawford Gribben is Professor of Early Modern British History at Queen’s University Belfast, UK.

D. G. Hart is Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at Hillsdale College, USA.

Reviewer Comments
“How does one identify a tradition, religious or political, and map its continuity from the past into the present? The authors show that issues of principle quickly arise between people who bind themselves to different ideas of sameness and difference. Learned and lively, their debate is instructive even if the outcome is inconclusive.”

Paul Helm, Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion Emeritus, King’s College London, UK.

On Being Reformed marshals the exceptional historical and ecclesiastical expertise of its various contributors to address the much debated identity of the Reformed tradition. Informed in their use of sources, forthright in their arguments, and irenic in tone, these essays will serve readers well by helping them discern where the fault lines between Baptist and Reformed churches truly lie and also where the bonds of unity in faith and practice may be found. Both are necessary services for those of us who inhabit a living Reformed tradition and wish to see it flourish in days ahead.”

Scott R. Swain, James Woodrow Hassell Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, USA.

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  1. Giving it some serious thought….I think it would be an amazing addition to what I call my library. 🙂

    • Ordered….the more I thought about it, the more convinced I became that in the church climate in which we live, that this resource would be amazing.

  2. Thank you for sharing this, Dr. Clark. Where can we find “Covenant, Justification, and Pastoral Ministry” for purchase, as well as other books you have written/contributed to?

  3. Dr. Clark,

    For some great readings on covenant theology what would you recommend?
    And what would you recommend as a (1) concise systematic theology and a (2) more extended systematic theology?

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