Terrance Tiessen


Terry Tiessen

Professor Emeritus, Systematic Theology and Ethics

B.Th. London College of Bible and Missions [now Tyndale University College], 1964
B.A. Waterloo Lutheran University [now Wilfrid Laurier University], 1966
M.A. Wheaton College Graduate School, 1968
Th.M. Westminster Theological Seminary, 1975
University of St. Michael's College, Toronto, 1979–80
Ph.D. Ateneo de Manila University, 1984

Blog: Thoughts Theological

Contact Information:
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Phone: 519-461-9922







Teaching Fields

Systematic Theology
Historical Theology

Professional Experience

2006 - Present: Providence Theological Seminary, Faculty Emeritus
1989 - 2006: Providence College and Seminary, Faculty
1986 - 1989: Ontario Bible College, Vice-President Academic and Student Affairs
1975 - 1986: Asian Theological Seminary, Faculty
1973 - 1974: FEBIAS College of Bible, Faculty
1970 - 1986: SEND International, Missionary in Philippines
1968 - 1969: Marimont Baptist Church, Assistant Pastor
1967 - 1968: London College of Bible and Missions, Faculty


Professional Associations

Canadian Evangelical Theological Association
Evangelical Theological Society
Associate, Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance



Book Publications

"The Church in God's Program of Salvation: A Baptist Perspective." In Ecclesia Semper Reformanda Est: The Church is Always Reforming. A festschrift on ecclesiololgy in honour of Stanley K. Fowler on his seventieth birthday, ed. David G. Barker, Michael A.G. Haykin, and Barry H. Howson, 91-113. Joshua Press, 2016.

“My Long Journey to Annihilationism." In a Consuming Passion: Essays on Hell and Immortality in Honor of Edward Fudge, ed. Christopher M. Date and Ron Highfield, 17-31. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2015.

“Redemptoris Missio, Into All the World,” in The Legacy of John Paul II, ed. Tim Perry. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2007.

Who Can Be Saved: Reassessing Salvation in Christ and World Religions. InterVarsity Press, 2004.

“Can God Be Responsive if the Future is Not Open?,” in Semper Reformandum: Studies in Honour of Clark H. Pinnock. Edited by Stanley E. Porter and Anthony R. Cross. Carlisle, UK: Paternoster Press, 2003. (Also in Didaskalia 18/1 [Winter 2007]: 121-39.)

"Does Yahweh Take Risks?," in Teach Me Your Paths: Studies in Old Testament Literature and Theology. Edited by John Kessler and Jeffrey P. Greenman. Clements Publishing, 2001. (Also in Didaskalia 18/1 [Winter 2007]: 97-120.)

Providence and Prayer: How Does God Work in the World? Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2000.

"Gnosticism as Heresy: The Response of Irenaeus," in Hellenization Revisited: Shaping a Christian Response within the Greco-Roman World. Edited by Wendy E. Helleman. New York: University Press of America, 1994. (Also in Didaskalia 18/1 [Winter 2007]: 31-48.)

Irenaeus on the Salvation of the Unevangelized. ATLA Monograph Series, No. 31. Metuchen, N. J: Scarecrow Press, 1993.

Dictionary Articles

“Irenaeus,” and “Providence,” in Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, gen. ed. Glen G. Scorgie. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Academic, 2011.

“Hell” and “Universalism,” in Global Dictionary of Theology: A Resource for the Worldwide Church, eds. William A. Dyrness and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, assoc. eds. Juan Francisco Martinez and Simon Chan. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2008.

Journal Articles

“The Salvation of the Unevangelized in the Light of God’s Covenants,” Evangelical Review of Theology 36/3 (July 2012):231-49.

Helm, Paul and Terrance L. Tiessen. “Does Calvinism Have Room for Middle Knowledge?,” Westminster Theological Journal 71/2 (Fall 2009): 437-54. 

Stricken by God?: A Review Article,” in Theodidaktos 4/1 (April 2009): 3-16. 

"Salvation and the Religions: An Accessibilist Perspective,” Mission Focus: Annual Review Vol. 15 (2007): 5-26.

“Why Calvinists Should Believe in Divine Middle Knowledge, Although They Reject Molinism,” Westminster Theological Journal 69 (2007): 345-66.

Tiessen and James M. Hamilton. “Who Can Be Saved? Critical Dialogue Over a Recent Review. Response to James M. Hamilton Jr. Rejoinder to Terrance Tiessen.” Trinity Journal 28/2 (Fall 2007): 291-94.

“Response to Clark Pinnock [“Acts 4:12: No Other Name Under Heaven"],” The Canadian Evangelical Review 28 (Autumn 2004): 17-20.

“God, Time and Knowledge: What Does God Know and When Does God Know It?” Proceedings, Currents in Biblical and Theological Dialogue 2 (2003): 98-121. (Also in Didaskalia 18/1 [Winter 2007]: 141-63.)

“God’s Work of Grace in the Context of the Religions,” Evangelical Review of Theology 27/3 (July 2003): 247-67. (Also in Didaskalia 18/1 [Winter 2007]: 165-91.)

"Proclaiming Jesus Christ as the One Universal Savior and Lord in a World of Religious and Secular Pluralism [WEF working group report]," Evangelical Review of Theology 21 (Jan 1997): 15–18.

"Divine Justice and Universal Grace: A Calvinistic Proposal," Evangelical Review of Theology 21/1 (Jan 1997): 63–83. (Also in Didaskalia 18/1 [Winter 2007]: 71-96.)

"Peut-on definir une ethique universelle a partir de l'Ecriture?," Hokhma: Revue de reflexion theologique 63 (1996): 19–44.

"Irenaeus and Modern Responses to the Challenge of Religious Pluralism," ATA Journal 4/2 (July 1996): 30–51. (Also in Didaskalia 18/1 [Winter 2007]: 49-69.)

"Can the Unevangelized Be Saved?: A Review Article," Didaskalia 4/2 (Fall 1993): 77–91.

"Christian Theology in the Third World: A Look at the Issues," Didaskalia 4/2 (Fall 1993):

"Toward a Hermeneutic for Discerning Universal Moral Absolutes," Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 36/2 (June 1993): 189–207. (Also in Didaskalia 18/1 [Winter 2007]: 5-29.)

"To Eat or Not to Eat?" Journal for Case Teaching 3 (Fall 1991):143–148.

"Irenaeus on Salvation and the Millennium," Didaskalia 3/1 (Oct 1991):2–5.

"The Optimistic Activism of Postmillennial Eschatology," Didaskalia 3/1 (Oct 1991):6–23.

"The Biblical Basis of Relief and Development," Evangelical Thrust, June 1979, 10–14; July 1979, 22–24; August 1979; September 1979, 13–15; October 1979, 22–23. (Serialized publication of a paper delivered at the Consultation on Relief and Development, sponsored by the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, April 9, 1979.)

Presented or distributed manuscripts

"God’s Covenants: A Ground for Hopefulness Regarding the Unevangelized." a paper presented at the Evangelical Theological Society Meetings in San Francisco, November 16, 2011.

“Is God’s Knowledge of Counterfactuals Necessary, Middle or Free?: A Calvinistic Proposal,” at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Valley Forge, Penna., November 17, 2005.

“God’s Work of Grace in the Context of the Religions: A Reformed Proposal.” Read at the Evangelical Theological Society, Toronto, Nov 20, 2002.

"Can God be Responsive but Risk Free?" Read at the Evangelical Theological Society, Nashville, Tennessee, Nov 16, 2000.

"The Universal Salvific Work of the Holy Spirit: Reducing the Scandal of Calvinism." Read at the Evangelical Theological Society, Jackson, Mississippi, Nov. 22, 1996.

"Providence and Prayer: A Critique of Ten Models," presented to the Christian Doctrine Group, The Tyndale Fellowship, Cambridge, UK, July 4, 1996 (41 pgs.).

"The Salvation of the Unevangelized: A Position Paper," distributed to members of the International Council of SEND International, January, 1996 (32 pgs.).

"Irenaeus on the Salvation of the Unevangelized," a paper read at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Washington, D.C., November 19, 1993.

"Toward a Hermeneutic for Discerning Universal Moral Absolutes and Applying Them in Contemporary Contexts," a paper read at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 15, 1990.

"Dealing with the Moral and Legal Problems in Marriage Breakdowns: A Draft Paper for the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches Commission on Theology." October 4, 1985 (4 pgs.).

"Evangelical Perspectives on the Law of God," four lectures in Ethics, presented at the Winter Academic Lectureship, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, Portland, Oregon, February, 1985.

"Divorce, Remarriage and Missionary Service: A Study Paper for SEND International Council," February, 1984. (20 pgs.)

Book Reviews

Reviews have been published in the following journals:

Canadian Theological Society Newsletter
Evangelical Review of Theology
Reformed Review
Westminster Theological Journal

Guest Lecturing and Research Relationships

Researcher, Tyndale House, Cambridge, UK, May, 2005
Visiting lecturer, Tyndale Theological Seminary, Toronto, June, 2001
Research Fellow at Yale University Divinity School, Jan - April, 2001
Senior Mission Scholar, Overseas Ministry Studies Center, Jan - April, 2001
Visiting lecturer, Associated Canadian Theological Schools, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC, March, 1998
Visiting Scholar, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, England, 1995-96
Visiting lecturer, Tyndale Theological Seminary, Badhoevedorp, Netherlands, November, 1995
Visiting lecturer, Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary, Vancouver, June, 1988
Winter Academic Lectureship, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, Portland, Oregon, Feb., 1985


Personal Interests

I was ordained by the Oakwood Baptist Church, Toronto (which is a congregation in the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches of Canada), in 1969.





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