Patrick Franklin





Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics

B.A. (Psychology), Wilfrid Laurier University, 1998
M.Div., Tyndale Seminary, 2001
Th.M. (Theology) Regent College, 2004
Ph.D. (Christian Theology), McMaster Divinity College, 2011


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Professional Experience

Present: Providence Theological Seminary, Faculty (presently)


Tyndale Seminary (Toronto, ON), Adjunct Faculty
McMaster Divinity College (Hamilton, ON), Adjuct Instructor
King's Community Church (Oakville, ON): Pastor & Church Leader
Chartwell Baptist Church (Oakville, Mississauga, ON): Pastor


Professional Associations

American Academy of Religion
Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation (and ASA)
Canadian-American Theological Association (CATA)
International Bonhoeffer Society



Book and Book Chapters

Being Human, Being Church: The Significance of Theological Anthropology for Ecclesiology (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2016).

"Julian of Norwich: Her Life, Contribution, and Contemporary Significance," chapter in Between the Lectern and the Pulpit: Essays in Honour of Victor A. Shepherd, ed. Rob Clements and Dennis Ngien (Vancouver: Regent College Publishing, 2014): 17-30.

“Interpreting Scripture with Watson and Fowl,” chapter in Pillars of Biblical Interpretation, ed. Stanley E. Porter and Sean A. Adams (forthcoming).

Peer Reviewed Articles

"Missionaries in Our Own Back Yard: Missional Community as Cultural and Political Engagement in the Writings of Leslie Newbigin," Didaskalia 25 (Fall, 2015): 158-87.

"Understanding the Beginning in Light of the End: Eschatological Reflections on Making Theological Sense of Evolution," Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 66, no. 3 (Sept. 2014):154-70.

“The Human Person in Contemporary Science and Theology,” Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 64, no. 2 (June 2012): 120–29.

“Teaching, Scholarship, and Christian Worldview: A Review of Recent Literature,” McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry 11 (2009–2010): 28–61.

“Penal Substitution in Perspective,” McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry 10 (2008– 2009): 22–52.

“Bonhoeffer’s Missional Ecclesiology,” McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry 9 (2007– 2008): 96–128.

“Women Sharing in the Ministry of God: A Trinitarian Framework for the Priority of Spirit Gifting as a Solution to the Gender Debate,” Priscilla Papers 22 (Autumn 2008): 14–20.

“John Wesley in Conversation with the Emerging Church,” Asbury Theological Journal 63 (Spring 2008): 75–93.

“Bonhoeffer’s Anti-Logos and its Challenge to Oppression,” Crux 41, no. 2 (2005): 2–9.

Book Reviews

Dignity and Destiny: Humanity in the Image of God, by John F. Kilner. Reviewed in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 69, no. 1 (2017): 56-59.
Reading Genesis 1-2: An Evangelical Conversation, edited by J. Daryl Charles. Reviewed in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 66, no. 2 (June, 2014): 124-26.
The Crucified King: Atonement and Kingdom in Biblical and Systematic Theology, by Jeremy R. Treat. Reviewed in the McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry 15 (2013-2014).
The Sacredness of Human Life: Why an Ancient Biblical Vision is Key to the World's Future, by David P. Gushee. Reviewed in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 65, no. 3 (September 2013).

Bonhoeffer and the Biosciences: An Initial Exploration, edited by Ralf K. Wüstenberg, Stefan Heuser, and Esther Hornung. Reviewed in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 63 (September 2011), 207–8.

New Perspectives in Believers Church Ecclesiology, edited by Abe Dueck, Helmut Harder, and Karl Koop. Reviewed in the McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry 12 (2010–2011).

Rewired: Exploring Religious Conversion, by Paul N. Markham. Reviewed in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 60 (December 2008): 274–75.

Can These Bones Live? A Catholic Baptist Engagement with Ecclesiology, Hermeneutics, and Social Theory, by Barry Harvey. Reviewed in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 60 (December 2008): 272–73.

Nicaea and its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology, by Lewis Ayres. Reviewed in Canadian Evangelical Review (Spring 2008): 91–94.


Professional and Research Interests

Dr. Franklin is passionate about theology as a formative and life giving practice for the church and as a spiritual discipline for all Christians. In particular, pastors and theologians are called to study and practice theology in a more intensive way because it is intrinsic to their particular vocations. But in a broader sense, all Christians are called to "be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Rom. 12:2) and theology is meant to assist in that journey.

Dr. Franklin's interests in theology are wide ranging (and always expanding). His areas of expertise and special interest include ecclesiology (the church; both historic and contemporary expressions), theological anthropology (the human person), trinitarian theology, atonement theology, theology and culture, Christian ethics, the life and thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the relationship between the sciences and Christian theology.

Dr. Franklin is the Editor of Didaskalia, the peer-reviewed journal of Providence University College and Theological Seminary, and is the Book Review Editor for Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, the journal of the American Scientific Affiliation and Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation. In addition, he presently serves on the executive council of the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation as Vice President and is a Fellow of teh American Scientific Affiliation.

Dr. Franklin is a frequent speaker at churches, conferences, public lectures, and other events.

Recent Activity:

In July, 2017, Dr. Franklin was elected a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation. In May 2017, Dr. Franklin presentated a paper on "What Does it Mean to be an Evangelical in Canada?" at the spring conference of the Canadian-American Theological Association (held at Ryerson University in Toronto). In March 2017, he participated in the Providence lectures, presenting on the topic "Suffering, Dignity, and Medical Assistance in Dying: A Christian Response." In February and March, 2017, Dr. Franklin gave lectures on the topic "Is Christian Faith Obsolete in a Scientific Age?" at the University of Manitoba, Transcona Christian Reformed Church, Steinbach EMC Church (on Main St.), and at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden, MB. In May 2016, Dr. Franklin was a keynote speaker at the annual conference for PACCP (Professional Association of Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists). In July 2016, Dr. Franklin participated in the Science for Seminaries program hosted by AAAS (American Academy for the Advancement of Science) as part of their DoSER project (Dialogue on Science, Ethics, & Religion). 


Provf Talks

2017: I Interpret the Bible Literally, Sometimes


Course Information


Courses & Syllabi


Fall 2017

TS5201: Theological Foundations

TS5302: Christian Ethics (modular, Nov. 13-17)

TS6101: Contemporary Issues in Theology


Winter 2018

DS8106: Thinking & Interpreting Theologically (DMin module; Jan 8-12)

TS6202: The Human Person (Calgary modular; Mar. 12-16)

TS6204: The Church and the Mission of God


Other Courses Taught

TS5101: Survey of Church History

TS5111: Reformation & Post-Reformation Christian Thought

TS6105: Theologians of the Church

TS6201: Scripture and the Triune God

TS6203: Jesus the Saviour

TS6205: The Holy Spirit and the Last Things


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