W. Bradford Littlejohn

Introduction

W. Bradford Littlejohn (Ph.D, University of Edinburgh, 2013) serves as Director of the Davenant Institute, an organization dedicated to the retrieval and renewal of classical Protestantism at the intersection of the church and academy. He studied Christian ethics and historical theology at the University of Edinburgh under Oliver O’Donovan, and his doctoral work was recently published as The Peril and Promise of Christian Liberty: Richard Hooker, the Puritans, and Protestant Political Theology. Much of his research focuses on the thought of Richard Hooker and his English Reformation context, though he also works extensively in Christian ethics and political theology. He is the author of four books and numerous articles and book chapters, as well as editing many volumes for academic and popular publication. He lives in Moscow, ID with his wife, Rachel, and three children.

My Interests

Richard Hooker, English Reformation, Reformed historical theology, ecclesiology, political theology, economic ethics, virtue ethics.

Publications

Books Authored

The Peril and Promise of Christian Liberty: Richard Hooker, the Puritans, and Protestant Political Theology. Emory University Studies in Law and Religion. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017.

The Two Kingdoms: A Guide for the Perplexed. Moscow, ID: Davenant Press, 2017.

Richard Hooker: A Guide to His Life and Work. Cascade Companions. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015.

The Mercersburg Theology and the Quest for Reformed Catholicity. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2009.

Books Edited

(With Brian Marr and Bradley Belschner). Divine Law and Human Nature. Book I of Hooker’s Laws: A Modernization. The Davenant Press, 2017.

(With Jonathan Tomes). Beyond Calvin: Essays on the Breadth of the Reformed Tradition. Proceedings of the 4th Annual Convivium Irenicum. The Davenant Press, 2017.

(With Scott N. Kindred-Barnes). Richard Hooker and Reformed Orthodoxy. Reformed Historical Theology. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 2017.

(With Brian Marr and Bradley Belschner). Radicalism: When Reform Becomes Revolution. The Preface to Hooker’s Laws: A Modernization. The Davenant Press, 2016.

For Law and For Liberty: Essays on the Trans-Atlantic Legacy of Protestant Political Thought. Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Convivium Irenicum. The Davenant Press, 2016.

(With J. Peter Escalante). For the Healing of the Nations: Essays on Creation, Redemption, and Neo-Calvinism. Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Convivium Irenicum. The Davenant Press, 2014.

(General Editor) The Mercersburg Theology Study Series.

Schaff, Philip. The Development of the Church: The Principle of Protestantism and Other Writings on Church History. Edited by Theodore Trost and David Bains. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2016.

Nevin, John Williamson, Philip Schaff, and Emmanuel Gerhart. Born of Water and the Spirit: Essays on the Sacraments and Christian Formation. Edited by David W. Layman. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2016.

Nevin, John Williamson, Philip Schaff, and Daniel Gans. The Incarnate Word: Selected Writings on Christology. Edited by William B. Evans. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2014.

Nevin, John Williamson, and Charles Hodge. Coena Mystica: Debating Reformed Eucharistic Theology. Edited by Linden DeBie. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2013. 246 pp.

Nevin, John Williamson. The Mystical Presence and the Doctrine of the Reformed Church on the Lord’s Supper. Edited by Linden DeBie. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2012. 384 pp.

Book Chapters in Edited Works

“The Use and Abuse of John Jewel in Richard Hooker’s Defense of the English Church.” In Defending the Faith: John Jewel and the Church of England. Edited by Angela Ranson. Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press, forthcoming 2017.

“A Reformed Irenic Christology: Richard Hooker and the Question of Ubiquity in the 16th century.” In Beyond Calvin: Essays on the Breadth of the Reformed Tradition. Edited by W. Bradford Littlejohn and Jonathan Tomes. The Davenant Press, 2017.

“Richard Hooker, Franciscus Junius, and a Reformed Theology of Law.” In Richard Hooker and Reformed Orthodoxy. Edited by W. Bradford Littlejohn and Scott N. Kindred-Barnes. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 2017.

 “The Search for Visible Catholicity and the Danger of Boundary-Drawing: Lessons from John Nevin and Richard Hooker.” In Marking the Church: Essays in Ecclesiology. Edited by Greg Peters. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2016.

“The Privation of Property: Property Rights, Christianity, and the Christian Tradition.” Render Unto God: Christianity and Capitalism in Crisis. Edited by Ryan C. McIlhenny. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015.

 “Bancroft v. Penry: Conscience and Authority in Elizabethan Polemics.” In Paul’s Cross and the Culture of Persuasion in England, 1520–1640. Edited by W.J. Torrance Kirby and P.G. Stanwood. Leiden: Brill, 2014.

“Sola Scriptura and the Public Square: Richard Hooker and a Protestant Paradigm for Political Engagement.” In The Bible: Culture, Community, and Society. Edited by Angus Paddison and Neil Messer. Edinburgh: T&T Clark; 2013.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“Addicted to Novelty: The Vice of Curiosity in a Digital Age.” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics (forthcoming Summer 2017).

 “The Search for a Reformed Hooker: Some Modest Proposals.” Reformation and Renaissance Review 16:1 (2015): 68–82. (WINNER OF THE 2015 DOUGLAS MURRAY PRIZE)

“Sectarianism and the search for visible catholicity: Lessons from John Nevin and Richard Hooker.” Theology Today 71:4 (2014): 404–15.

(With Linden J. DeBie). “Reformed Eucharistic Theology and the Case for Real Presence.” Theology Today 71.4 (2014): 429–39.

“Thomas Piketty and His Discontents: A Review Article of Capital in the Twenty-First Century.” Journal of Markets and Morality 17:2 (Fall 2014).

“‘The Edification of the Church’: Richard Hooker’s Theology of Worship and the Protestant Inward/Outward Disjunction.” Perichoresis 12:1 (2014): 3–18.

“More than a Swineherd: Hooker, Vermigli, and the Aristotelian Defense of the Royal Supremacy.” Reformation and Renaissance Review 15:1 (2014): 78–93.

 (With Jordan J. Ballor.) “European Calvinism: Church Discipline.” In European History Online (EGO). Edited by Irene Dingel and Johannes Paulmann (Mainz: Institute of European History [IEG], 2013).

Book Reviews

Reading the Bible with Richard Hooker. By Daniel Eppley.” Anglican Theological Review (forthcoming Spring 2017).

Delivered from the Elements of the World: Atonement, Justification, Mission. By Peter J. Leithart.” Review article for Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (forthcoming Winter 2016)

Divine Covenants and Moral Order: A Biblical Theology of Natural Law. By David VanDrunen.” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics (forthcoming Winter 2016)

Martin Luther: Visionary Reformer. By Scott H. Hendrix.” Anglican and Episcopal History (forthcoming December 2016).

The Soul of Doubt: The Religious Roots of Unbelief from Luther to Marx. By Dominic Erdozain.” Political Theology 17.6 (Nov.2016): 589–91.

A Polity of Persuasion: Gift and Grief of Anglicanism. By Jeffrey W. Driver.” Journal of Anglican Studies FirstView (2015): 1-3.

Richard Hooker, Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity: A Critical Edition with Modern Spelling. Edited by A.S. McGrade.” University Bookman (Spring 2014).

Richard Hooker and the Vision of God: Exploring the Origins of Anglicanism. By Charles Miller.” Journal of Anglican Studies FirstView (2014): 1-3.

 “Between Babel and Beast: America and Empires in Biblical Perspective. By Peter J. Leithart.” Book review. Political Theology 15:1 (Jan. 2014): 10–12.

Richard Hooker’s Use of History in His Defense of Public Worship. By Scott N. Kindred-Barnes.” Book review. Journal of Anglican Studies FirstView (2013), 1–2.

Richard Hooker and Anglican Moral Theology. By A.J. Joyce.” Book Review.  Anglican Theological Review 95:4 (Fall 2013): 34-36.

 “Calvin and Commerce: The Transforming Power of Calvinism in Market Economies. By David W. Hall and Matthew Burton.” Book review. Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 28/2 (Autumn 2010): 227-29.

“Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms: A Study in the Development of Reformed Social Thought. By David VanDrunen.” Book review. Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 29/1 (Spring 2011): 131-35.

“The Hebrew Republic: Jewish Sources and the Transformation of European Political Thought. By Eric Nelson.” Book review. Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 29/1 (Spring 2011): 144-46.

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