Dr James Eglinton

I was appointed to the Meldrum Lectureship in Reformed Theology in 2013. Prior to this, I was a postdoctoral research fellow, and then senior researcher in systematic and historical theology, at the Theologische Universiteit Kampen. I hold undergraduate degrees in law (LLB Hons, Aberdeen) and theology (BTh Dist., Glasgow). My PhD, on the Dutch systematician Herman Bavinck, was written at the University of Edinburgh.

To date, the bulk of my research and writing has focused on neo-Calvinism, a form of Reformed Christianity that developed between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the Netherlands, and that has continued to evolve in a range of international contexts. My first book, Trinity and Organism, was published by Bloomsbury in 2012. More recently, I was the co-editor of Neo-Calvinism and the French Revolution with the same publisher. My most recent book, Herman Bavinck on Preaching and Preachers, was published by Hendrickson in 2017.

I serve as Associate Editor of the Journal of Reformed Theology, published by Brill.

I maintain a strong interest in public theology, both theoretical and practical, and have previously written for The Times, The Herald, The Scotsman, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Nederlands Dagblad, and have taken part in broadcasts on BBC Alba and BBC Radio nan Gàidheal.

I speak, read and write English, Scottish Gaelic, Dutch and French.

More About James's Session - Preaching to the secularised self: Herman Bavinck on preaching and preachers

In his seminal work A Secular Age, Charles Taylor has identified how the sense of ‘self’ held by modern secularised western people differs from that of their medieval forebears. Before the advent of secularisation, western people experienced their selfhood as ‘porous’: open to their bodies, their world, and their creator. By contrast, the modern self is ‘buffered’: distant and invulnerable, and quite detached from God. How should we view this shift in considering how to preach to modern people? This paper will set out the engagement with preaching to the modern self offered by the Dutch neo-Calvinist Herman Bavinck (1854-1921), whose critique of his own culture closely resembles Taylor’s analysis, and whose response focuses on the preacher and congregation alike.