Dr. Michael Bräutigam
DipPsych – BA – DipTh – MTh – PhD
Michael and his wife, Jenni, are originally from Germany. They lived for several years in Scotland, where Michael tutored in theology and completed his PhD.
Michael has worked as a pastor in Germany (Free Evangelical Church), and he served as an elder in a local Edinburgh congregation of the Free Church of Scotland.
Areas of Study
My main research interests lie in the fields of systematic and historical theology. The following lists a more detailed description of my research interests, and I look forward to hearing from students considering postgraduate work in these fields:
Christian doctrine in all its diversity and complexity fuels my curiosity, which translates into different research projects, especially in the areas of Christology, pneumatology, atonement theology, the doctrines of justification and sanctification, and ecclesiology, predominantly from the perspective of the Reformed tradition.
The theology of Adolf Schlatter
I have a profound interest in the theology of Adolf Schlatter. My monograph, Union with Christ: Adolf Schlatter’s Relational Christology, is the product of research I carried out as a doctoral student and for which I was awarded the Adolf-Schlatter-Prize of the Adolf-Schlatter Foundation.
The theology of Jonathan Edwards
The biography and the works of Jonathan Edwards continue to stimulate me. I am particularly interested to explore Edwards’ understanding of revelation as divine communicativeness and his profound vision of what he called “God’s excellencies.” I have written on Edwards’ legacy in terms of his vision of the church, which I consider highly important for our discussions on ecclesiology today.
Theology and Culture
I have a long-standing interest in public theology, and in particular in the contribution of Dutch Neo-Calvinist Abraham Kuyper. During my research fellowships at the Theologische Universiteit Kampen and at Princeton Theological Seminary (as the 2011 and 2012 visiting Puchinger scholar), I focused on Kuyper’s project of a public theology for church and culture.
“Kuyper Among the Lutherans? Meditations on Music and Listening.” Journal of Reformed Theology 10.2 (2016): 148-165. (Available here)
“Adolf Schlatter on Scripture as Gnadenmittel: Remedy for a Hypertensive Debate?” Scottish Journal of Theology 69.1 (2016): 81–94. (Available here)
Translation of “Karl Barth,” by Michael Beintker. In the Cambridge Companion to Reformed Theology, eds. David Fergusson and Paul T Nimmo, pp. 179-196 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016). (Available here)
Union with Christ: Adolf Schlatter’s Relational Christology (Eugene, OR: Pickwick/Wipf & Stock, 2015). (Available here)
Review of Beyond Biblical Theologies, edited by Heinrich Assel, Stefan Beyerle, and Christfried Böttrich (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012), in The Expository Times 126.12 (2015): 606. (Available here)
Review of Jonathan Edwards and the Church, by Rhys S. Bezzant, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), in The Expository Times 126.11 (2015): 556. (Available here)
Review of The Theology of Augustine: An Introductory Guide to His Most Important Works, by Matthew Levering (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2013), in European Journal of Theology 24:1 (2015): 94.
Review of Music, Modernity, and God: Essays in Listening, by Jeremy Begbie (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), in The Expository Times, February 2015 (126): 247. (Available here)
“Our God is an Awesome God: Communicating Jonathan Edwards’ Vision of God’s Excellencies,” in Jonathan Edwards for the Church, edited by William M. Schweitzer, pp. 227–244 (Welwyn Garden City: EP Books, 2015). (Available here)
“A Queen without a Throne? Harnack, Schlatter and Kuyper on Theology in the University,” in The Kuyper Center Review, volume 5: Church and Academy, edited by Gordon Graham, pp. 104–18. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015. (Available here)
“The Christian as homo politicus: Abraham Kuyper and Democratic Imbalance in Post-Democratic Times,” in The Kuyper Center Review, volume 4: Calvinism and Democracy, edited by John Bowlin, pp. 67–85. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014. (Available here)
“The Pilgrimage to Kuyper? Adolf Schlatter and Abraham Kuyper on Theology, Culture and Art,” in The Kuyper Center Review, volume 3: Calvinism and Culture, edited by Gordon Graham, pp. 32–50. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013. (Available here)
“Scientific Theology? Herman Bavinck and Adolf Schlatter on the Place of Theology in the University” (with James P. Eglinton as co-author) Journal of Reformed Theology 7 (2013): 27–50. (Available here)
Review of God is a Communicative Being: Divine Communicativeness and Harmony in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards, by William M. Schweitzer (London: T&T Clark, 2012), in European Journal of Theology22.2 (2013): 179–180.
“Seeing, Thinking, and Living: Adolf Schlatter on Theology at the University,” Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 30.2 (2012): 177–188.
“Good Will Hunting: Adolf Schlatter on Organic Volitional Sanctification,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 55/1 (2012): 125–143.
Review of The Reformation of Feeling: Shaping the Religious Emotions in Early Modern Germany, by Susan C. Karant-Nunn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), in European Journal of Theology 21:2 (2012): 184–185.