Robert Caldwell

Professor of Church History

Robert Caldwell

Contact

817-923-1921 x6865

rcaldwell@swbts.edu

Social

@rwcaldwell3

Education

Ph.D. in Historical Theology: Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2003; M.Div. & M.A. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1997; B.A. Northwestern University, 1991


Dr. Caldwell has taught Church History and Historical Theology at Southwestern since 2004. His research focuses on the history and theology of Evangelicalism in North America, with specialties in American Awakenings and the theology of Jonathan Edwards. He has written Theologies of the American Revivalists: From Whitefield to Finney, The Trinitarian Theology of Jonathan Edwards: Text, Context, and Application (with Steven Studebaker), and Communion in the Spirit: The Holy Spirit as the Bond of Union in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards. His published essays and articles have appeared in (or will soon appear in) Oxford University Press, T&T Clark, Calvin Theological Journal, Southwestern Journal of Theology, and Themelios. Raised in western New York, he was educated in the Chicagoland area: Northwestern University (B.A.) and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div., Ph.D.). He is married to Lisa and they have two teenage daughters. He is a long-time guitarist and enjoys running.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Historical Theology: Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2003
  • M.Div. & M.A. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1997
  • B.A. Northwestern University, 1991

Courses Taught

  • Core M.Div. Courses: Church History 1 & 2, Baptist Heritage, Hermeneutics
  • Master’s Level Electives: Jonathan Edwards, American Christianity, The Second Great Awakening, The Development of Doctrine
  • Ph.D. Seminars: Jonathan Edwards, New England Puritanism, Historical Methodology, The Second Great Awakening
  • Bachelor’s Level Courses: The Enlightenment, The Nineteenth Century, Western Civilization 1 & 2, Survey of Church History

  Books

  • Theologies of the American Revivalists: From Whitefield to Finney. IVP Academic, 2017.
  • With Steven M. Studebaker, The Trinitarian Theology of Jonathan Edwards: Text, Context, and Application. Ashgate, 2012.
  • Communion in the Spirit: The Holy Spirit as the Bond of Union in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards. Paternoster Studies in Evangelical History and Thought. Paternoster, 2006

Recent and Forthcoming Articles & Essays

  • “Pneumatology.” In The Oxford Handbook of Jonathan Edwards. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2021.
  • “‘Some Thoughts’ on the Retrieval of Jonathan Edwards by Pentecostals.” In Pentecostal Theology and Jonathan Edwards, edited by and Steven M. Studebaker and Amos Yong. Systematic Pentecostal and Charismatic Theology. New York: T&T Clark, 2019.
  • “Charles Finney: Persuading Sinners to Submit Immediately to Christ.” In A Legacy of Preaching: Historical and Theological Introductions, edited by Kevin King, Benjamin K. Forrest, Bill Curtis & Dwayne Milioni, vol. 2, 162-78. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2018.
  • “Original Sin.” In The Major Writings of Jonathan Edwards: A Reader’s Guide, 153-74. Edited by Nathan Finn and Jeremy Kimble. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2017.

Presentations

  • “Hope and the Rationality of the Resurrection in Jonathan Edwards’s Theology of the Afterlife.” Evangelical Theological Society, virtual conference, November 16-20, 2020.
  • “Jonathan Edwards on Isaac Watts: Free Will and the Boundaries of the Reformed Tradition.” Evangelical Theological Society, San Diego, CA, November 21, 2019.
  • “The Holy Spirit as the Bond of Union in the ‘Objective’ Spirituality of Jonathan Edwards.” Evangelical Theological Society, Denver, CO, November 15, 2018.
  • “Anti-Revivalism: Three North American Approaches During the Second Great Awakening.” Evangelical Theological Society, Atlanta, GA, November 17, 2015.

Research Interests – I would welcome working with doctoral students in these areas:

  • Jonathan Edwards and the Edwardsean theological tradition
  • The Great Awakenings in North America
  • Baptist Studies related to the above topics

Memberships

  • The Evangelical Theological Society
  • The Conference on Faith and History
  • The American Society of Church History

Personal

  • Family: Wife, Lisa, and two teenage daughters, Audrey & Natalie
  • Church Membership: Rock Creek Baptist Church, Crowley, Texas
  • Guitarist – proud owner (and player) of a ‘77 Les Paul, a ‘79 silver anniversary Stratocaster, and a ’93 Taylor 512.
  • Runner – Marathon (4:40); Half-Marathon (1:50:18); 10K (48:30); 5K (22:50)




Today, the students and faculty of @SWBTSMusic have a gift for our Southern Baptist family: a virtual choir recording of “Be Thou My Vision.” We pray it blesses you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8niHpeHW0xQ

8-week courses are open now, fully online for Summer 2020 at @SWBTS and @scarboroughlion.
http://swbts.edu/summer
Check out my course: Church History 2, starting Monday, April 27.

You know you're a parent of teenagers when you are up long before they are on Christmas morning.

My recent book review of an excellent book on the Puritans. "The Puritans Had Two Shots at Building a Godly Society" https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/october-web-only/michael-winship-hot-protestants-puritans-england-america.html via @CTMagazine

The Eternal Gospel Meets the Modern World https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2018/june-web-only/spirit-early-evangelicalism-bruce-hindmarsh.html via @CTMagazine