Dr. Philip J. Fisk

Dr. Philip J. Fisk

Senior Researcher in Historical Theology

e: philip.fisk@etf.edu

Education, degrees
  • 2015: Ph.D. in Historical Theology, Institute of Post-Reformation Studies (IPRS), and Jonathan Edwards Center Benelux, ETF Leuven
  • 2008: Master of Theology (Th.M.) in Historical Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA in association with The John Owen Centre, London
  • 1986: Master of Divinity (1986), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL
  • 1981: Bachelor of Science (1981), Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Academic positions and teaching experience
  • 2015-present: Senior Researcher in Historical Theology, ETF Leuven
  • 2008-2015: Research Assistant in Historical Theology, ETF Leuven
  • 1986-1988: Instructor of English as a second language (1986-1988), English Language Services, River Forest, IL
Church ministry
  • 1992-2008; Missionary in Belgium with the Evangelical Free Church of America-ReachGlobal in partnership with the Vrije Evangelische Gemeenten, in Ghent, Zwijnaarde and Knokke-Heist.
  • 1990-1991: EFCA Missionary in Zaïre
  • 1983-1985: Missionary intern in Zaïre with the EFCA
Selected Bibliography


Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • “The Tension between Jonathan Edwards’s “ControversiesNotebook and Freedom of the Will on Whether Reality Is Open and Contingent,” in The Global Edwards: Papers from the Jonathan Edwards Congress held in Melbourne, August 2015. Edited by Rhys S. Bezzant. Australian College of Theology Monograph Series. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2017. Ch. 7, pp. 121-135.
  • “Divine Knowledge at Harvard and Yale: From William Ames to Jonathan Edwards.” Jonathan Edwards Online Journal 4/2 (2014): Special Issue, 157-178.
  • “The Theological Backdrop to Divine Knowledge at Harvard and Yale: From William Ames to Jonathan Edwards.” Theologica Wratislaviensia 7 (2012), 21-49.
  • “Calvin’s Metaphysics of our Union with Christ.” International Journal of Systematic Theology 11 (2009): 309-331.
  • “The Unaccommodated Bavinck and Hodge: Prolegomena with Natural Certainty.” Trinity Journal 30NS (2009): 107-127.
  • “Jonathan Edwards’s Freedom of the Will and his defence of the impeccability of Jesus Christ.” Scottish Journal of Theology 60 (2007): 309-325.

Book Reviews

  • Review of: Oliver D. Crisp, Jonathan Edwards among the Theologians. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015. Journal of Reformed Theology, 12.2 (2018), 210-211.

Paper Presentations

  • “The Will To Love God Above All Else: Luther, Edwards, and the Bondage of the Will,” presented at The Eighth Annual REFORC Conference on Early Modern Christianity, The Faculty of Artes Liberales, The University of Warsaw, Poland (24 – 26 May 2018).
  • “The Wise Order and Connection of Things in a Wise Decree,” presented at the “Jonathan Edwards Congress: The Global Edwards,” Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia (24-28 August 2015)
  • “Reformed Freedom?: The nexus between New England commencement broadsides and Edwards’s Freedom of will,” “Christianity in Today’s World: Jonathan Edwards JEC Poland, Ewangelikalna Wyzsca Szkola Teologiczna (EWST), Wroclaw: May 31- June 1, 2011
  • “Jonathan Edwards on impeccability and Freedom of the will” presentation at EFCA pastors’ retreat in (Iowa, september 2007)
  • “Da Vinci Code” presentation in Knokke, 10 February 2006; in Zwijnaarde,  21 February 2006; in Ichtus-Gent 29 March 2006; in Gistel 29 September 2006; and in Ieper 03 November 2006.