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Faculty: Suzanne McDonald

Suzanne McDonald, Assistant Professor, Religion

Suzanne McDonald616-526-6612
Hekman Library 379

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Educational Background

University of Western Australia, BA (Hons), English Literature & French (1993)
University of Oxford, MPhil, English Literature (1996)
University of Cambridge, MA, Theology, 2003
University of St Andrews, PhD, dissertation on the doctrine of election (2006)


  • Biblical Theology and Literature (121)
  • Christian Theology (131)
  • Eschatology (235)
  • History of Christian Theology II (244)
  • Studies in Reformation Theology: Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion (343)
  • Exploring Election (Interim)

Research Interests

  • systematic and historical theology, particularly the Reformed tradition from the 16th and 17th centuries
  • contemporary currents in biblical theology / the theological interpretation of scripture and how it can enrich the way we do Reformed theology today

Professional Associations

  • member of the American Academy of Religion; steering committee member for the AAR Reformed Theology and History Group

Recent Publications

John Knox For Armchair Theologians (Westminster John Knox Press, forthcoming, 2013)

'The Electing God' in Kent Eilers & Kyle Strobel, eds., Sanctified By Grace: A Theology of the Christian Life (T&T Clark, forthcoming, 2013)

"Beholding the Glory of God in the Face of Jesus Christ: John Owen and the 'Reforming' of the Beatific Vision," in Kelly Kapic & Mark Jones, eds., The Ashgate Research Companion to John Owen (Ashgate, 2012).

"Calvin's Theology of Election: Modern Reception and Contemporary Possibilities," in J. Todd Billings and I. John Hesselink, eds., Calvin's Theology and Its Reception: Disputes, Developments and New Possibilities (Westminister John Knox Press, 2012)

"Evangelical Questioning of Election in Barth: A Pneumatological Perspective from the Reformed Heritage," in Bruce L. McCormack and Clifford B. Anderson, eds., Barth and American Evangelicalism (Eerdmans, 2012)

Re-Imaging Election: Divine Election as Respresenting God to Others and Others to God, (Eerdmans, 2010)

"The Pneumatology of the 'Lost' Image in John Owen," Westminster Theological Journal, 71, no. 2, (Fall 2009): 323-35

"Barth's 'Other' Doctrine of Election in the Church Dogmatics," International Journal of Systematic Theology, Vol 9:2 (2007): 134-147



Music, birdwatching, trying to find time to read something other than theology—novels and poetry top the list when I do!