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Samuel Fornecker

Subject area and speciality

History of Christianity specialists:

Critical Engagement with the Arminian Tradition in the Church of England, c.1674-1742

Research Interests

Theology of the Church of England, ca.1660-1742

Appropriation of Christian Antiquity in Post-Reformation English Theology

Theology as Ecclesial Science 

Theological Interpretation of Scripture 

Christian Dogmatics (especially Trinity, Christ, creation, and imago Dei)

Covenantal Ontology 

Other Professional Activities

I co-edited, with E.S. Kempson, the 2016-17 Noesis Review, a publication of Noesis Graduate Society for Philosophical Theology and Systematic Theology at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. []

I have organized the Davenant Reading Group (previously the 'Early Modern Latin Theology Reading Group') at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, since Michaelmas 2015.


Key Publications

Books Edited

  • Joseph HallChristian Moderation, in The Library of Early English Protestantism. Moscow, ID: The Davenant Press, forthcoming.

Book Reviews

  • Freya Sierhuis, The Literature of the Arminian Controversy: Religion, Politics and Stage in the Dutch Republic (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015). Reviewed in Themelios 41.2 (2016): 353-4. Available here.
  • Crawford Gribben, John Owen and English Puritanism: Experiences of Defeat (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). Reviewed in English Historical Review 133.560 (2018), pp.177-78.
  • Jon Balserak and Richard Snoddy (eds.), Learning from the Past: Essays on Reception, Catholicity and Dialogue in Honour of Anthony N. S. Lane (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark Publishing, 2015). Reviewed in Reviews in Religion and Theology, 24.1 (2017), 24-7. Available here.
  • Aaron Clay Denlinger, Reformed Orthodoxy in Scotland: Essays on Scottish Theology, 1560-1775 (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark Publishing, 2014). Reviewed in Themelios 42.1 (2017): 182-84. Available here.
  • Oliver D. Crisp, The Word Enfleshed: Exploring the Person and Work of Christ (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016). Reviewed in Reviews in Religion and Theology, 25.1 (Jan. 2018): pp.54-57. 
  • Review of Thomas Albert Howard and Mark A. Noll, Protestantism after 500 Years (Oxford: OUP, 2017), in Churchman, forthcoming.
  • Review of John C. Peckham, Canonical Theology: The Biblical Canon, Sola Scriptura, and Theological Method (Grand Rapids: Eerdman's, 2016), in Review in Religion and Theology, 25.1 (Jan. 2018), pp.134-37.
  • Review of Grantley MacDonald, Biblical Criticism in Early Modern Europe: Erasmus, the Johannine Comma, and the Trinitarian Debate (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), in Churchman, forthcoming.
  • Review of Eric J. Lehner, Marks of Saving Grace: Theological Method and the Doctrine of Assurance in Jonathan Edwards' A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections (Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing, 2016), in Churchman, forthcoming.
  • Review of David B. Garner, Sons in the Son: The Riches and Reach of Adoption in Christ (Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing, 2017), in Churchman, forthcoming.
  • Review of Anthony Thiselton, Approaching the Study of Theology: An Introduction to Key Thinkers, Concepts, Methods and Debates (London: SPCK, 2017), in Churchman, forthcoming. 
  • Review of Fred Sanders and Scott Swain (eds.), Retrieving Eternal Generation (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017), in Reviews in Religion and Theology, forthcoming.

Research Assistant

  • Chapter, 'The Pastor in the Reformation,' in the Most Revd. Benjamin Kwashi, The Office of the Pastor (Wheaton: Crossway, 2018), forthcoming part of The Reformation Anglicanism Essentials Library.


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