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Revd Associate Professor Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes 2020 imageAssociate Professor in Systematic Theology
MRel, ThD(Wycliffe College and University of Toronto)

Course adviser for undergraduate students
Room 4S6, Arts Building
Tel +64 3 479 5394
Email christopher.holmes@otago.ac.nz

Christopher Holmes studied systematic theology, completing a ThD on the doctrine of God's perfections in Karl Barth and two of his leading German speaking interpreters, Eberhard Jüngel and Wolf Krötke. He is the author of over forty book chapters and journal articles as well as of five books, namely Revisiting the Doctrine of the Divine Attributes: In Dialogue with Karl Barth, Eberhard Jüngel, and Wolf Krötke (Peter Lang, 2007), Ethics in the Presence of Christ (T&T Clark, 2012), The Holy Spirit (Zondervan Academic, 2015), The Lord is Good: Seeking the God of the Psalter (IVP Academic, 2018), and The Theology of the Christian Life: Imitating and Participating in God (Baker Academic, 2021).

Chris has continuing research interests in a variety of Christian doctrines, especially the doctrine of God and the doctrine of creation. He carries out this work in dialogue with a wide variety of thinkers from the classical Christian tradition, all in a way that is anchored in Holy Scripture and with a view to edifying the Christian community.

Teaching

Preferred areas of supervision

General Areas of Christian Doctrine, especially the Doctrine of God, the Trinity, Pneumatology and Christology

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Current research

I’m working on two books. The first book explores the theological import of Peter’s and Paul’s speeches in the New Testament book of Acts for an account of the Christian faith. The second is in regards to the metaphysics of creation.

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Current postgraduate students

  • Deborah Broome (PhD) Sociality in Augustine's City of God
  • Graeme Flett (PhD)  The visual world of congregation leadership in New Zealand
  • Jenny Hsu (PhD) An Alternative Approach to the Nestorian Controversy: A Comparison of Cyril’s and Nestorius’ Interpretation of Scripture and Its Implications for their Understanding of the Person and Work of Christ.
  • Jason Pickard (PhD) Owen and Torrance on the Priesthood of Christ
  • Brent Rempel (PhD) Trinity and Theology in the Theology of John Webster
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Completed postgraduate students

  • Joel Banman (PhD) Christ Speaks Today: Biblical Interpretation in the Sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1935-1940
  • Gareth Bezett (MTheol) The Compatibility of Physicalist Anthropologies and Traditional Sacramental Theology
  • Cameron Coombe (PhD) Moltmann's Use of Scripture
  • Ed Masters (MTheol) Calvin on Ephesians 1 and The Christian Life
  • Ann Thorp (PhD) Hilary of Poitier's Pneumatology
  • Michael Bartholomaeus (PhD) Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Sanctification: An Exploration of Church Dogmatics §66
  • Mark Jacobsen (MTheol) Galatians and Bonhoeffer on the Freedom of the Christian
  • Jono Ryan (PhD) One Heart and Soul: Augustine’s Call to Community in a Divided Society
  • Peter Ross (PhD) Pneumatology and Union: John Calvin and Pentecostal Theology
  • Kate Dugdale (PhD) T.F. Torrance's Trinitarian Ecclesiology
  • Cameron Coombe (MTheol) The Significance of the Cross for the Doctrine of the Trinity in the Theology of Juergen Moltmann
  • Glenn Paddison (MTheol) Yves Congar’s Pneumatological Anthropology
  • Hugh Bowron (MTheol) Robert Jenson’s Ontology of the Future: His Protest against Contentless Eschatology
  • Cameron Surrey (PhD) Bearing the Burden: Forgiveness and the Glorified Wounds of Christ
  • Andrea McDougall (PhD)  Barth on the Humility of God and the Humility of the Christian
  • Deborah Broome (MTheol)  Living in Two Cities: Lessons for the Church Today from Augustine's 'City of God'
  • Samuel Fernando (MTheol) Reality and Resurrection: In Dialogue with T.F. Torrance
  • Jonathan Hicks (PhD) Trinity, Economy, and Scripture: A Theologically-Motivated Recovery of Didymus the Blind (Humanities Division Exceptional PhD thesis)
  • Brian Dawson (MTheol) Crossing the Streams: Sources of Anglican Confirmation
  • Rebekah Banman (MDiv Hons) Union with the Incarnate Saviour: Exploring the Soteriological Implications of the Incarnation and the Atonement in Dialogue with John Calvin and Thomas F. Torrance
  • Don Fergus (PhD) Spatial Imagery in the Ecclesiology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Mark Gingerich (MA) Reinhold Niebuhr and the Sermon on the Mount: In Dialogue with Stanley Hauerwas
  • Renee Kwan Monkmann (MDiv Hons) An irrevocable covenant? Toward a renewed understanding of Paul’s reading of the history of Israel
  • Laura Vander Velden (MA) Whence this evil? Toward a Christological and pastorally minded doctrine of providence in dialogue with Karl Barth

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Publications

Holmes, C. R. J. (2020). The difference God makes for considering scripture, creation, and covenant. In A. E. Miglio, C. A. Reeder, J. T. Walton & K. C. Way (Eds.), For us, but not to us: Essays on creation, covenant, and context in honor of John H. Walton. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2020). Thomas F. Torrance and the Trinity. In P. D. Molnar & M. Habets (Eds.), T&T Clark Handbook of Thomas F. Torrance. (pp. 161-172). London, UK: T&T Clark.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2020). Last things. In M. Allen & S. R. Swain (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of Reformed theology. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198723912.013.39

Holmes, C. R. J. (2019). Learning Jesus' prayer: Joseph Ratzinger on Christology. In T. Perry (Ed.), The theology of Benedict XVI: A Protestant appreciation. (pp. 105-117). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2019). The Holy Spirit. In M. Mawson & P. G. Ziegler (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. (pp. 168-178). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198753179.013.15

Authored Book - Research

Holmes, C. R. J. (2018). The Lord is good: Seeking the God of the Psalter. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 198p.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2015). The Holy Spirit. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 218p.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2012). Ethics in the presence of Christ. London: T & T Clark, 164p.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2007). Revisiting the doctrine of the divine attributes: In dialogue with Karl Barth, Eberhard Jüngel, and Wolf Krötke. New York: Peter Lang, 249p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Holmes, C. R. J. (2020). The difference God makes for considering scripture, creation, and covenant. In A. E. Miglio, C. A. Reeder, J. T. Walton & K. C. Way (Eds.), For us, but not to us: Essays on creation, covenant, and context in honor of John H. Walton. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2020). Last things. In M. Allen & S. R. Swain (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of Reformed theology. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198723912.013.39

Holmes, C. R. J. (2020). Thomas F. Torrance and the Trinity. In P. D. Molnar & M. Habets (Eds.), T&T Clark Handbook of Thomas F. Torrance. (pp. 161-172). London, UK: T&T Clark.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2019). Learning Jesus' prayer: Joseph Ratzinger on Christology. In T. Perry (Ed.), The theology of Benedict XVI: A Protestant appreciation. (pp. 105-117). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2019). The Holy Spirit. In M. Mawson & P. G. Ziegler (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. (pp. 168-178). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198753179.013.15

Holmes, C. R. J. (2017). The atonement and the Holy Spirit. In A. J. Johnson (Ed.), The T&T Clark companion to atonement. (pp. 77-93). London, UK: Bloomsbury.

Holmes, C. J. (2016). 'You are good and do good': Some remarks on eternal life and the goodness of God. In P. G. Ziegler (Ed.), Eternal God, eternal life: Theological investigations into the concepts of immortality. (pp. 25-36). London, UK: Bloomsbury.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2016). Beyond Bonhoeffer in loyalty to Bonhoeffer: Reconsidering Bonhoeffer's Christological aversion to theological metaphysics. In M. Mawson & P. G. Ziegler (Eds.), Christ, church and world: New studies in Bonhoeffer's theology and ethics. (pp. 29-43). London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2016). Locating the divine being: On the presence of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the theology of Eberhard Jüngel. In M. D. Kirkpatrick (Ed.), Engaging Bonhoeffer: The impact and influence of Bonhoeffer's life and thought. (pp. 221-237). Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2014). Calvin and the threefold office of Christ: Suggestive teaching regarding the nature of the intra-divine life? In M. Habets (Ed.), Ecumenical perspectives on the Filioque for the twenty-first century. (pp. 107-119). London: Bloomsbury.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2014). The perfecting God. In K. Eilers & K. Strobel (Eds.), Sanctified by grace: A theology of the Christian life. (pp. 75-88). London: Bloomsbury.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2014). Eberhard Jüngel's soteriologically minded doctrine of the Trinity: Some commendations and reservations. In R. D. Nelson (Ed.), Indicative of grace: Imperative of freedom: Essays in honour of Eberhard Jüngel in his 80th year. (pp. 101-113). London: Bloomsbury.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2013). Perfections of God. In R. E. Burnett (Ed.), Westminster handbook to Karl Barth. (pp. 157-161). Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2013). The person interprets the work: Reviewing an important Christological theme and some of its political implications. In K. B. Nielsen, R. K. Wüstenberg & J. Zimmermann (Eds.), Dem Rad in die Speichen fallen: Das Politische in der Theologie Dietrich Bonhoeffers [A spoke in the wheel: The political in the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer]. (pp. 164-177). Munich, Germany: Gütersloher Verlagshaus.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2012). Word. In M. A. Beavis & M. J. Gilmour (Eds.), Dictionary of the Bible and western culture. (pp. 609-610). Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Phoenix Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Holmes, C. R. J., & Marga, A. (2012). Conversation with the Editors of [the Journal] Evangelical Theology [Translation]. In E. Busch (Ed.), Barth in conversation: Volume 1, 1959-1962. (pp. 270-272). Loiusville, KY: Westminister John Knox Press.

Holmes, C. R. J., & Marga, A. (2012). Conversation in the Zofingia II 1959 [Translation]. In E. Busch (Ed.), Barth in conversation: Volume 1, 1959-1962. (pp. 30-35). Loiusville, KY: Westminister John Knox Press.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2012). The spirit and the promise: On becoming aligned with the way things really are. In J. B. Davis & D. Harink (Eds.), Apocalyptic and the future of theology: With and beyond J. Louis Martyn. (pp. 219-235). Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock.

Holmes, C. (2011). “A specific form of relationship”: On the dogmatic implications of Barth's account of election and commandment for his theological ethics. In M. T. Dempsey (Ed.), Trinity and election in contemporary theology. (pp. 182-200). Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2011). Feuerbach, Ludwig. In I. A. McFarland, D. A. S. Fergusson, K. Kilby & I. R. Torrance (Eds.), Cambridge dictionary of Christian theology. (pp. 186-187). Cambridge University Press.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2010). Karl Barth on the economy: In dialogue with Kathryn Tanner. In D. L. Migliore (Ed.), Commanding grace: Studies in Karl Barth's ethics. (pp. 198-215). Grand Rapids, MI: W. B. Eerdmans.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2010). Becoming one: The Christian story and the politics of marriage. In R. R. Jeal (Ed.), Human sexuality and the nuptial mystery. (pp. 131-147). Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock.

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Journal - Research Article

Holmes, C. R. J. (2018). Revisiting the God/world difference. Modern Theology, 34(2), 159-176. doi: 10.1111/moth.12395

Holmes, C. R. J. (2018). The merits and pitfalls of the Römerbrief on the God/World relationship. Colloquium, 50(1), 15-31.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2017). Architectonics matter: Some advantages of treating the unicity of God in advance of the trinity of persons, in dialogue with Thomas Aquinas. International Journal of Systematic Theology, 19(2), 130-143. doi: 10.1111/ijst.12213

Holmes, C. (2015). "Renewal through union": Thomas F. Torrance on the new basis of ethics. Participatio, 5, 45-55.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2015). "The subject of contemporization": The Holy Spirit and the task of theological education. Pentecostal Educator, 2(2), 23-30.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2014). Bonhoeffer and reformed Christology: Towards a trinitarian supplement. Theology Today, 71(1), 28-42. doi: 10.1177/0040573613518643

Holmes, C. R. J. (2014). Resurrection and reality in the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer Legacy: Australasian Journal of Bonhoeffer Studies, 2(1), 1-6.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2014). The aseity of God as a material evangelical concern. Journal of Reformed Theology, 8(1), 67-78. doi: 10.1163/15697312-00801003

Holmes, C. R. J. (2013). The person and work of Christ revisited: In conversation with Karl Barth. Anglican Theological Review, 95(1), 37-55.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2012). The church and the presence of Christ: Defending actualist ecclesiology. Pro Ecclesia, XXI(3), 268-280.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2012). Revelation in the present tense: On rethinking theological interpretation in the light of the prophetic office of Jesus Christ. Journal of Theological Interpretation, 6(1), 23-42.

Holmes, C. (2010). 'The indivisible whole of God's reality': On the agency of Jesus in Bonhoeffer's Ethics. International Journal of Systematic Theology, 12(3), 283-301. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2400.2009.00492.x

Holmes, C. R. J. (2010). The contemporaneity of God for ethics today: Paul Lehmann's contribution to a neglected theme, in dialogue with Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Studies in Christian Ethics, 23(3), 284-299. doi: 10.1177/0953946810368026

Holmes, C. R. J. (2008). God's attributes as God's clarities: Wolf Krötke's doctrine of the divine attributes. International Journal of Systematic Theology, 10(1), 54-72. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2400.2007.00254.x

Holmes, C. (2008). The theological function of the doctrine of the divine attributes and the divine glory, with special reference to Karl Barth and his reading of the Protestant Orthodox. Scottish Journal of Theology, 61(2), 206-223. doi: 10.1017/S0036930608003967

Holmes, C. R. J. (2007). Wholly human and wholly divine, humiliated and exalted: Some reformed explorations in Bonhoeffer's Christology lectures. Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, 25(2), 210-225.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2006). Eberhard Jüngel and Wolf Krötke: Recent contributions toward a trinitarian doctrine of God's attributes. Toronto Journal of Theology, 22(2), 159-180.

Holmes, C. R. J. (2006). Disclosure without reservations: Re-evaluating divine hiddenness. Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie, 48(3), 367-380. doi: 10.1515/NZST.2006.027

Holmes, C. (2006). The glory of God in the theology of Eberhard Jüngel. International Journal of Systematic Theology, 8(4), 343-355. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2400.2006.00219.x

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