Dr. Philip J. Fisk
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

  • “Jonathan Edwards and Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten.” In Edwards and Germany: Transatlantic Currents. Edited by Rhys Bezzant. New Directions in Jonathan Edwards Studies. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, forthcoming.
  • “Jonathan Edwards and Freedom.” In Jonathan Edwards and the Post-Reformation Reformed Orthodox, edited by Kyle C. Strobel and Phillip Hussey. London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming.
  • “Jonathan Edwards’s Conception of Election and Freedom of the Will in Relation to the Reformed Tradition.” In The T&T Clark Companion to Election, edited by Edwin Chr. van Driel. London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming.
  • “Que Sera Sera: The Controversial 1702 Harvard Commencement Quaestio on Whether the Immutability of God’s Decree Takes Away Human Freedom of the Will.” In Jonathan Edwards and the Dark Side of the Enlightenment, edited by Daniel Gullotta and John T. Lowe. New Directions in Jonathan Edwards Studies. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, forthcoming.
  • “Van Mastricht and Freedom of the Will.” In Petrus van Mastricht (1630-1706): Text and Context, edited by Herman J. Selderhuis, 111–26. Reformed Historical Theology. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2020.
  • “The Tension between Jonathan Edwards’s ‘ControversiesNotebook and Freedom of 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, 121–35. Australian College of Theology Monograph Series. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2017.
  • “Divine Knowledge at Harvard and Yale: From William Ames to Jonathan Edwards.” Jonathan Edwards Studies 4 (2014): 151–78.
  • “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): 309–31.
  • “The Unaccommodated Bavinck and Hodge: Prolegomena with Natural Certainty.” Trinity Journal 30 (2009): 107–27.
  • “Jonathan Edwards’s Freedom of the Will and His Defence of the Impeccability of Jesus Christ.” Scottish Journal of Theology 60 (2007): 309–25.

Book Reviews

  • Review of: A Treatise on Jonathan Edwards: Continous Creation and Christology by S. Mark Hamilton. The Journal of Analytic Theology 7 (July 2019): 747–752.
  • Review of: Jonathan Edwards among the Theologians by Oliver D. Crisp. Journal of Reformed Theology 12, no. 2 (2018): 210–211.

Paper Presentations

  • “Jonathan Edwards’s Innovative Notion of Freedom of Will: An Historical-Theological Approach,” presented to the “Models of God Group” at the 70th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Denver, CO, November 13, 2018.
  • “Should Christian Exclusivists, Holding to the Crown Rights of King Jesus Today, Tolerate Toleration in Today’s Pluralist Society? An Historical-Theological Approach to Understanding the Relationship of Saints and Society,” presented at the Neo-Calvinism and Europe: Religion, Nation, Culture, Fifth European Conference on Neo-Calvinism, Leuven, Belgium, August 29, 2018.
  • “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, May 24-26, 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, August 24-28, 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.