Patrick Franklin

Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor, Theology and Ethics

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

Contact Information

Blog: http://patrickfranklin.wordpress.com/
 

Personal 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, and the life and thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He is also interested in the relationship between the sciences and Christian  theology and serves as the coordinating book review editor for Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, the journal of the American Scientific Affiliation and Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation.

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

Professional Experience

Present: Providence Theological Seminary, Faculty
Past: Tyndale Seminary (Toronto), Adjunct Faculty

Professional Associations

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

Publications

Book and Book Chapters

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

"Julian of Norwich: Her Life, Contribution, and Contemporary Significance" (forthcoming book chapter).

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

Peer Reviewed Articles

"Understanding the Beginning in Light of the End: Eschatological Reflections on Making Theological Sense of Evolution." Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith (forthcoming).

“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

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.

Courses

Fall 2014

Theological Foundations (on campus)

Theologians of the Church: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (October 6-10 modular)

The Human Person (Calgary, December 8-12 modular)

Other Courses Taught

TS5201: Theological Foundations (online, Winter 2015)

TS5302: Christian Ethics

TS6101: Contemporary Issues in Theology

TS6201: Scripture and the Triune God

TS6203: The Person and Work of Christ (Winter 2015)

TS6205: The Holy Spirit and the Last Things

 

 
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