Dr James Eglinton (LLB (Hons.), BTh (Dist.), PhD)

Meldrum Senior Lecturer in Reformed Theology


I was appointed to the Meldrum Lectureship in Reformed Theology in 2013, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2020. Prior to joining the School of Divinity, 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 dogmatician Herman Bavinck, was written at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Prof. David Fergusson.

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 monograph, Trinity and Organism, was published by Bloomsbury in 2012 (Chinese translation published: 2019). I was co-editor of Neo-Calvinism and the French Revolution (Bloomsbury, 2014), editor and translator of Herman Bavinck on Preaching and Preachers (Hendrickson, 2017), and co-editor and co-translator of Christian Worldview (Crossway, 2019). My second monograph, Bavinck: A Critical Biography, was published by Baker Academic in 2020, and won that year's History and Biography Book of the Year Prize in The Gospel Coalition 2020 Book Awards. It was also a finalist in the 2021 ECPA Book Awards.

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, Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, 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.


LLB (Hons.), BTh (Dist.), PhD

Responsibilities & affiliations

External appointments

Member of editorial or advisory boards for journals:

Journal of Reformed Theology

Theologia Reformata

The Bavinck Review


Member, The Bavinck Society

Undergraduate teaching

Christian Theology: Approaches and Themes

Christian Theology: Doctrines and Debates

Body, Soul and Self: Theological Anthropology

Modern Christology

The Theology of Karl Barth

Modern Theology from the French Revolution to the First World War

Postgraduate teaching

Jesus Christ in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics

Readings in Theological Anthropology

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current PhD students supervised

Israel Guerrero

Greg Parker

Patrick Brown 

Hunter Nicholson

Henry Chiong

Terence Chu

Robb Torseth

Past PhD students supervised

Dr Ximian Xu

Dr Cameron Clausing (Lecturer in Applied Theology and Missional Engagement, Christ College, Sydney, Australia)

Dr Richard Brash (Lecturer in Systematic Theology, Christ Bible Seminary, Nagoya, Japan)

Dr Bruce Pass (Lecturer in Christian Thought and History, Brisbane School of Theology, Australia)

Dr Nathaniel Gray Sutanto (Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington, DC)

Dr Cory Brock (First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi, USA)

Current research interests

My current research interests - theological and historical - are focused on late modern Dutch Reformed theology. I have recently completed the first English-language scholarly biography of Herman Bavinck (1854-1921).

Knowledge exchange

I regularly contribute op-ed columns and articles on religion and public life to a number of national and international media outlets, including The Times, The Herald, The Scotsman, Christianity Today, Nederlands Dagblad, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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