Assistant Professor of Church History
Dr. Caldwell has enjoyed teaching 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. Currently he is writing his third book, Theology of the American Revivalists: The Theology of the Great Awakenings from Edwards to Finney (forthcoming from IVP Academic). He has published articles in Calvin Theological Journal, Southwestern Journal of Theology and in the recent B&H volume Adoniram Judson: The Bicentennial Celebration of America’s First Missionary, 1812-2012. Raised in western New York, he was educated in the Chicagoland area, studying at Northwestern University (B.A.) where he met his beautiful bride, Lisa, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div., Ph.D.). He is a long-time guitarist who enjoys running. He and Lisa have two grade school aged daughters.
- Ph.D. in Historical Theology: Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2003
- M.Div. & M.A. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1997
- B.A. Northwestern University, 1991
- Core M.Div. Courses: Church History 1 & 2; Baptist Heritage, Hermeneutics
- Masters Level Electives: Jonathan Edwards, American Christianity, The Second Great Awakening, Development of Doctrine
- Ph.D. Seminars: Jonathan Edwards, New England Puritanism, Historical Methodology, The Second Great Awakening
Research Interests - I would welcome working with doctoral and masters students in these areas:
- Jonathan Edwards and the Edwardsean theological tradition
- The Great Awakenings in North America
- Baptist Studies related to the above topics
Select Articles & Essays
- “Theological Context: New England’s New Divinity and the Age of Judson’s Formation.” In Adoniram Judson: The Bicentennial Celebration of America’s First Missionary, 1812-2012, edited by Michael A. G. Haykin and Jason G. Duesing, 31-52. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2012.
- “A Brief History of Heaven in the Writings of Jonathan Edwards.” Calvin Theological Journal, 46.1 (April, 2011): 48-71.
- “Call the Sabbath a Delight: Jonathan Edwards on the Lord’s Day.” Southwestern Journal of Theology 47.2 (Spr. 2005): 191-205
- "Becoming a Christian in Colonial America: A Sketch of Three Revival Theologies in the First Great Awakening." Evangelical Theological Society, Milwaukee, WI, November 16, 2012.
- “A Tough Nut to Crack: Edwards’s Trinitarianism and its Reformed Scholastic Heritage.” Jonathan Edwards for the New Millennium. Annual Meeting of the Jonathan Edwards Society, The First Churches of Northampton, Northampton, Massachusetts, October 1-3, 2010.
- “Andrew Croswell and the Anatomy of American Antinomianism in the Wake of the First Great Awakening.” Secularization and Revival: The Fate of Religion in Modern Intellectual History, Baylor’s Symposium on Faith and Culture, Baylor University, October 8-10, 2009.
- The Evangelical Theological Society
- The Conference on Faith and History
- The American Society of Church History
- Wife: Lisa (married Dec. 1995); two daughters: Audrey (2003) & Natalie (2005)
- Church Membership: Rock Creek Baptist Church
- 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)
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