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Terrance Tiessen

Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology and Ethics

Ateneo de Manila University (PH)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

1984

University of St. Michael's College, Toronto (ON)

1979-1980

Westminster Theologicla Seminary (PA)

Master of Theology (Th.M.)

1975

Wheaton College Graduate School (IL)

Master of Arts (M.A.)

1968

Waterloo Lutheran University [now Wilfred Laurier University] (ON)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

1966

London College of Bible and Missions [now Tyndale University College] (ON)

Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.)

1964

Book Publications

Dictionary Articles

Journal Articles

  • “The Salvation of the Unevangelized in the Light of God’s Covenants,” Evangelical Review of Theology 36/3 (July 2012):231-49.
    Helm, Paul and Terrance L. Tiessen.
  • “Does Calvinism Have Room for Middle Knowledge?,” Westminster Theological Journal 71/2 (Fall 2009): 437-54.
  • “Stricken by God?: A Review Article,” in Theodidaktos 4/1 (April 2009): 3-16.
  • "Salvation and the Religions: An Accessibilist Perspective,” Mission Focus: Annual Review Vol. 15 (2007): 5-26.
  • “Why Calvinists Should Believe in Divine Middle Knowledge, Although They Reject Molinism,” Westminster Theological Journal 69 (2007): 345-66.
  • Tiessen and James M. Hamilton. “Who Can Be Saved? Critical Dialogue Over a Recent Review. Response to James M. Hamilton Jr. Rejoinder to Terrance Tiessen.” Trinity Journal 28/2 (Fall 2007): 291-94.
  • “Response to Clark Pinnock [“Acts 4:12: No Other Name Under Heaven"],” The Canadian Evangelical Review 28 (Autumn 2004): 17-20.
  • “God, Time and Knowledge: What Does God Know and When Does God Know It?” Proceedings, Currents in Biblical and Theological Dialogue 2 (2003): 98-121. (Also in Didaskalia 18/1 [Winter 2007]: 141-63.)
  • “God’s Work of Grace in the Context of the Religions,” Evangelical Review of Theology 27/3 (July 2003): 247-67. (Also in Didaskalia 18/1 [Winter 2007]: 165-91.)
  • "Proclaiming Jesus Christ as the One Universal Savior and Lord in a World of Religious and Secular Pluralism [WEF working group report]," Evangelical Review of Theology 21 (Jan 1997): 15–18.
  • "Divine Justice and Universal Grace: A Calvinistic Proposal," Evangelical Review of Theology 21/1 (Jan 1997): 63–83. (Also in Didaskalia 18/1 [Winter 2007]: 71-96.)
  • "Peut-on definir une ethique universelle a partir de l'Ecriture?," Hokhma: Revue de reflexion theologique 63 (1996): 19–44.
  • "Irenaeus and Modern Responses to the Challenge of Religious Pluralism," ATA Journal 4/2 (July 1996): 30–51. (Also in Didaskalia 18/1 [Winter 2007]: 49-69.)
  • "Can the Unevangelized Be Saved?: A Review Article," Didaskalia 4/2 (Fall 1993): 77–91.
  • "Christian Theology in the Third World: A Look at the Issues," Didaskalia 4/2 (Fall 1993):
  • "Toward a Hermeneutic for Discerning Universal Moral Absolutes," Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 36/2 (June 1993): 189–207. (Also in Didaskalia 18/1 [Winter 2007]: 5-29.)
  • "To Eat or Not to Eat?" Journal for Case Teaching 3 (Fall 1991):143–148.
  • "Irenaeus on Salvation and the Millennium," Didaskalia 3/1 (Oct 1991):2–5.
  • "The Optimistic Activism of Postmillennial Eschatology," Didaskalia 3/1 (Oct 1991):6–23.
  • "The Biblical Basis of Relief and Development," Evangelical Thrust, June 1979, 10–14; July 1979, 22–24; August 1979; September 1979, 13–15; October 1979, 22–23. (Serialized publication of a paper delivered at the Consultation on Relief and Development, sponsored by the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, April 9, 1979.)

Presented or Distributed Manuscripts

  • "God’s Covenants: A Ground for Hopefulness Regarding the Unevangelized." a paper presented at the Evangelical Theological Society Meetings in San Francisco, November 16, 2011.
  • “Is God’s Knowledge of Counterfactuals Necessary, Middle or Free?: A Calvinistic Proposal,” at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Valley Forge, Penna., November 17, 2005.
  • “God’s Work of Grace in the Context of the Religions: A Reformed Proposal.” Read at the Evangelical Theological Society, Toronto, Nov 20, 2002.
  • "Can God be Responsive but Risk Free?" Read at the Evangelical Theological Society, Nashville, Tennessee, Nov 16, 2000.
  • "The Universal Salvific Work of the Holy Spirit: Reducing the Scandal of Calvinism." Read at the Evangelical Theological Society, Jackson, Mississippi, Nov. 22, 1996.
  • "Providence and Prayer: A Critique of Ten Models," presented to the Christian Doctrine Group, The Tyndale Fellowship, Cambridge, UK, July 4, 1996 (41 pgs.).
  • "The Salvation of the Unevangelized: A Position Paper," distributed to members of the International Council of SEND International, January, 1996 (32 pgs.).
  • "Irenaeus on the Salvation of the Unevangelized," a paper read at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Washington, D.C., November 19, 1993.
  • "Toward a Hermeneutic for Discerning Universal Moral Absolutes and Applying Them in Contemporary Contexts," a paper read at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 15, 1990.
  • "Dealing with the Moral and Legal Problems in Marriage Breakdowns: A Draft Paper for the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches Commission on Theology." October 4, 1985 (4 pgs.).
  • "Evangelical Perspectives on the Law of God," four lectures in Ethics, presented at the Winter Academic Lectureship, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, Portland, Oregon, February, 1985.
  • "Divorce, Remarriage and Missionary Service: A Study Paper for SEND International Council," February, 1984. (20 pgs.)

Book Reviews

Reviews have been published in the following journals:

  • Canadian Theological Society Newsletter
  • Didaskalia
  • Evangelical Review of Theology
  • Reformed Review
  • Themelios
  • Westminster Theological Journal

Guest Lecturing and Research Relationships

  • Researcher, Tyndale House, Cambridge, UK, May, 2005
  • Visiting lecturer, Tyndale Theological Seminary, Toronto, June, 2001
  • Research Fellow at Yale University Divinity School, Jan - April, 2001
  • Senior Mission Scholar, Overseas Ministry Studies Center, Jan - April, 2001
  • Visiting lecturer, Associated Canadian Theological Schools, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC, March, 1998
  • Visiting Scholar, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, England, 1995-96
  • Visiting lecturer, Tyndale Theological Seminary, Badhoevedorp, Netherlands, November, 1995
  • Visiting lecturer, Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary, Vancouver, June, 1988
  • Winter Academic Lectureship, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, Portland, Oregon, Feb., 1985

Teaching Fields

  • Systematic Theology
  • Historical Theology
  • Ethics

Professional Experience

  • 2006 - Present: Providence Theological Seminary, Faculty Emeritus
  • 1989 - 2006: Providence College and Seminary, Faculty
  • 1986 - 1989: Ontario Bible College, Vice-President Academic and Student Affairs
  • 1975 - 1986: Asian Theological Seminary, Faculty
  • 1973 - 1974: FEBIAS College of Bible, Faculty
  • 1970 - 1986: SEND International, Missionary in Philippines
  • 1968 - 1969: Marimont Baptist Church, Assistant Pastor
  • 1967 - 1968: London College of Bible and Missions, Faculty

Professional Associations

  • Canadian Evangelical Theological Association
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Associate, Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance