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Ken Stewart

Professor Emeritus of Theological Studies


Retired December 2019

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Stewart is a specialist in the history of Christianity from the Reformation to the present with special interest in the development of the evangelical Protestant tradition. He has a growing interest in early Christianity and the transmission of doctrine from the early church forward to our time. He also taught early modern European history and the two-semester Christian Doctrine sequence required for sophomores.

Dr. Stewart is an avid book collector and reader. He enjoys growing fruits and vegetables as well as canoeing.


  • PhD, University of Edinburgh, 1992
  • MPhil, University of Waterloo, 1985
  • ThM, Westminster Theological Seminary, 1976
  • MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary, 1975
  • BA, University of British Columbia, 1971

Covenant Activities

  • He chaired the Biblical and Theological Studies Department, 2001-2004 and 2006-2008.
  • He chaired the Curriculum Committee 2002-2004.

Professional Memberships

  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Conference on Faith and History
  • American Society of Church History

Selected Professional Work



  • "J.I. Packer as a New Warfield? A Chapter in the Post-1930 Revival of Reformed Theology" in Themelios 47.3 (Dec. 2022)   
  • "Princeton's Premature Obituary" Evangelical Quarterly 93.3 (2022), 197-215   
  • Consecutive Exposition and the Weightier Matters of our Faith (Haddington House Journal, 24 (2022)).   
  • Fresh Light on the 1930's -era Reformed Resurgence (Presbyterion, 48.1 (2022)).   
  • The Visible, Glorious Return of Christ: A Late Georgian Novelty? (Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 39.2 (2021)).   
  • "The Oxford Movement and Evangelicalism: Early Encounters” in Themelios 44.3 (2019), 503-516.   
  • "Somewhere Between Zurich and Geneva? Reformation Scotland in 1560", in the Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 35.2 (2017), 156-171.   
  • "Drawing on the Resources of a Neglected Reformation", Haddington House Journal 20 (2018),115-130   
  • "The Early Scottish Reformation in Recent Research: Literature Since 1960", Haddington House Journal, Vol. 19 (2017), 121-130   
  • "Is Evangelical Monasticism an Option?" Gospel Coalition, Jan. 4, 2016, available online
  • 'John Henry Newman in his Second Century' in Themelios 39.2 (2014)
  • ‘Should Evangelical Churches Re-baptize Roman Catholics?’ in Haddington House Journal XIV (2014), 141-146.  
  • ‘Accelerating the Rhythm: Two Eighteenth Century Scottish Presbyterians on the Frequency of the Lord’s Supper’ in Ian Clary and Steve Weaver, eds.,The Pure Flame of Devotion: The History of Christian Spirituality: Essays in Honor of Michael A. G. Haykin on his Sixtieth Birthday. Joshua Press, 2013 pp. 303-324.  
  • 'Much Ado About Something? Nagging Questions about the Observance of Lent'  
  • 'Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe: Fictional Missionary in Britain's Pre-Missionary Age,' Haddington House Journal , 14 (2012), 173-188.  
  • 'The Doctrine of Regeneration in Evangelical Theology: The Reformation to 1800,' Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, vol. 8, no. 1 (Spring 2011), 42-57.  
  • 'Discernment, Discernment: Caveats for Evangelicals Flirting with Monasticism' in Books and Culture March-April, 2011, pp. 16-18.   
  • ‘Calvinism & Missions: The Contested Relationship Revisited’, in Themelios 34.1 (2009): pp. 63-78. View online or download the pdf:  
  • ‘The Five Points of Calvinism: Retrospect and Prospect’ Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, Vol. 26. 2 (2008), pp. 187-203.  
  • ‘Evangelicals and Patristic Christianity: 1517 to the Present’ in The Evangelical Quarterly, LXXX (2008) no. 4, pp. 307-21  
  • ‘Newman versus Newman: The Apologia Pro Vita Sua (1864) and later Biographical Memoir Compared' in the Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology in Vol. 26.1 (2008) pp. 57-67.  
  • ‘Loss and Recovery', A review essay of: Catherine Gidney, ‘A Long Eclipse: The Liberal Protestant Establishment and the Canadian University: 1920-1970; A. Donald MacLeod, ‘An Evangelical Calvinist in the Academy: W. Stanford Reid' (both McGill-Queens University Press) and A. Donald MacLeod, ‘C. Stacey Woods and the Evangelical Discovery of the University' (IVP, 2007) in Books and Culture, July/August, 2008, pp. 24-26.  
  • ‘The Tractarian Critique of the Evangelical Church Invisible: John Henry Newman's Tracts 2, 11, 20 & 47 in Historical Context', in Churchman, 121.4 (2007), pp. 347-360.  
  • ‘Does Evangelicalism Pre-Date the 18th Century? An Examination of David Bebbington's Thesis' in The Evangelical Quarterly, LXVII (2005), No. 2, 135-153.  
  • "A Millennial Maelstrom: the Continental Society in the 1820's" in Crawford Gribben and Timothy C.F. Stunt, eds. Prisoners of Hope: Aspects of Evangelical Millennialism in Britain and Ireland, 1800-1880, Paternoster, Carlisle, (U.K.), 2004.  
  • ‘A Bombshell of a Book: Gaussen's Theopneustia and Its Influence on Subsequent Evangelical Theology' in The Evangelical Quarterly (2003), No. 3, 215-237.  
  • ‘Le Reveil’ in Donald McKim, ed. The Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1992).  


  • Thomas Noble and Jason Sexton, eds. "British Evangelical Theologians of the Twentieth Century" in Themelios 47.3 (Dec. 2022)   
  • Thomas Davis, "The French Huguenots and the Wars of Religion" in Themelios 47.3 (Dec. 2022)   
  • Ian Hazlett, ed "A Companion to the Study of the Reformation in Scotland" in Calvin Theological Journal 57.2 (Nov. 2022)   
  • David L. Eastman, Early North African Christianity: Turning Points in the Development of the Church (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2021) in Themelios 47.1 (2022), 183-184.   
  • R. Ward Holder, ed., John Calvin in Context (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2020) in the Calvin Theological Journal 57.1 (2022), 175-177.   
  • Stephen J. Nichols, R.C. Sproul: A Life (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2020) in Haddington House Journal Volume 24 (2022), 77-80.   
  • Baird Tipson, Inward Baptism: The Theological Origins of Evangelicalism (New York: Oxford University Press, 2020) in Journal of Biblical & Theological Studies 7.1 (2022).   
  • Andrew Kloes, The German Awakening: Protestant Renewal after the Enlightenment, 1815–1848 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019) in the Calvin Theological Journal 56.2 (2021), 407-409.   
  • Miles Kerr-Peterson, A Protestant Lord in James VI's Scotland: George Keith, Fifth Earl Marischal (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2019) SCH (2020).   
  • Brad Vermurlen, Reformed Resurgence: The New Calvinist Movement and the Battle Over American Evangelicalism (New York: Oxford University Press, 2020) in Themelios 46.3 (2021), 702-703.   
  • James Eglinton, Bavinck: A Critical Biography (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2020) in Themelios 46.1 (2021), 198-199   
  • Gary W. Jenkins, Calvin's Tormentors (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2018) in Haddington House Journal, Volumes 21 & 22 (2019/2020), 113-115   
  • Diarmaid MacCulloch, Thomas Cromwell: A Revolutionary Life (New York: Viking Penguin, 2018) in Themelios 44.2 (2019)   
  • Chad Van Dixhoorn, God’s Ambassadors: The Westminster Assembly and the Reformation of the English Pulpit 1643-1653 (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage, 2018) in the Calvin Theological Journal 54.2 (2019), 498-500.    
  • Jeffrey McDonald, John Gerstner and the Renewal of Reformed Evangelicalism in America (Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2017) in the Evangelical Quarterly 89.3 (2018), 287-288.   
  • Justo L. Gonzáles, A Brief History of Sunday: from the New Testament to the New Creation (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017) in the Calvin Theological Journal 53.2 (2018), 463-465    
  • Carl R. Trueman, Grace Alone: Salvation as a Gift of God (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017) in the Calvin Theological Journal 53.2 (2018), 499-501   
  • Stewart J. Brown et al, eds. Oxford Handbook of the Oxford Movement (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017) in Themelios 43.3 (2018), 498-500   
  • Geoffrey Treloar, The Disruption of Evangelicalism: the age of Torrey, Mott, McPherson and Hammond, (IVP, 2017) in Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 35.2, Fall, 2017, 90-92   
  • L. Charles Jackson, "Riots, Revolutions and the Scottish Covenanters: The Work of Alexander Henderson", (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage, 2015) in the Westminster Theological Journal 79.2 (2017), 403-405   
  • Robert Strivens, Philip Doddridge and the Shaping of Evangelical Dissent (Farnham, U.K.: Ashgate, 2015) in the Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 35.2 (2017), 231-234.    
  • Bruce Gordon, John Calvin's Institutes: A History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016) in Themelios 46.1 (2017), 201-203   
  • Jane Dawson,"John Knox" (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015), Haddington House Journal, Vol. 19 (2017), 69-71   
  • John McCallum, "Scotland's Long Reformation: New Perspectives on Scottish Religion c. 1500-1650" (Leiden: Brill, 2016) in Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 35.1 (2017), 126-128.   
  • Tom Schwanda, ed. "The Emergence of Evangelical Spirituality: The Age of Edwards, Newton and Whitefield"(Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 2016) in Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 35.1 (2017), 128-130   
  • Douglas M. Shantz Introduction to German Pietism: Protestant Renewal at the Dawn of Modern Europe (Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2013) in Haddington House Journal 18 (2016), 39-41   
  • David Bebbington and David Ceri Jones, eds. Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism in the United Kingdom during the 20th Century (Oxford University Press, 2013) in the Westminster Theological Journal, 78.2 (2016), 359-361.    
  • Aaron Clay Denlinger, ed. Reformed Orthodoxy in Scotland: Essays on Scottish Theology 1560-1775, (London: Bloomsbury, 2015) in the Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 34.1(2016), 85-88.    
  • Roger A. Mason and Steven J. Reid, eds. Andrew Melville (1545-1622): Writings, Reception and Reputation (Burlington VT.: Ashgate, 2014) in the Calvin Theological Journal 51.2 (2016), 336-338   
  • Owen Strachan, Awakening the Evangelical Mind: An Intellectual History of the Evangelical Movement (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015) in the Calvin Theological Journal 51.2 (2016) , 350-353   
  • Michael Reeves and Tim Chester, Why the Reformation Still Matters (Wheaton: Crossway, 2016) on Sept. 28, 2016.
  • N.H. Keeble, ed. Settling the Peace of the Church: 1662 Revisited. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014) in the Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, 34.2 (2016). 228-231.   
  • Jonathan M. Yeager, ed. Early Evangelicalism: A Reader (Oxford University Press, 2013) in Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 33.2. (2015), pp. 270-72.  
  • Greg Peters, Reforming the Monastery: Protestant Theologies of the Religious Life (Eugene: Cascade Books, 2014); The Story of Monasticism: Retrieving an Ancient Tradition for Contemporary Spirituality (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015) reviewed jointly on The Gospel Coalition, January 4th, 2016   
  • Henk van den Belt (ed.) “Restoration through Redemption: John Calvin Revisited” (Leiden: Brill, 2013) in Journal of Reformed Theology 9.2 (2015) pp. 213-214.   
  • Alan F. Sell, (ed.) “The Great Ejectment of 1662: Its Antecedents, Aftermath, and Ecumenical Significance” (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2012) in Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 33.1 (2015), pp. 109-111.  
  • Jeremy Walker, The New Calvinism Considered: A Personal and Pastoral Assessment (Evangelical Press, 2013) in Presbyterion 40. 1-2 (2014) pp. 59-60.  
  • Brian Stanley, The Global Diffusion of Evangelicalism: the Age of Billy Graham and John Stott (IVP, 2013) Themelios  
  • Edith Humphrey, Scripture and Tradition: What the Bible Really Teaches (Baker, 2013)  
  • Don Thorsen, Calvin vs. Wesley (Abingdon, 2012) Gospel Coalition   
  • John Merrick and Stephen M. Garrett, eds., Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013) published May 16, 2014 Gospel Coaltion   
  • Alister Chapman, Godly Ambition: John Stott and the Evangelical Movement (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012) in Calvin Theological Journal 49.1 (2014), 143-146   
  • James Moorhead. Princeton Seminary in American Religion and Culture (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012)   
  • R. Todd Billings and I. John Hesselink, eds. Calvin’s Theology and its Reception: Disputes, Developments, and New Possibilities. (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2012) in Westminster Theological Journal 75.2 (2013) pp. 407-410   
  • Polly Ha and Patrick Collinson, eds. The Reception of Continental Reformation in Britain (Oxford: OUP, 2010) in Westminster Theological Journal 75.2 (2013), pp. 404-407.   
  • Stewart J. Brown and Peter Nockles, eds. The Oxford Movement: Europe and the Wider World 1830-1930 (Cambridge University Press, 2012) in Themelios 38.3 (2013) , 493-495   
  • Thomas Guarino, Vincent of Lerins and the Development of Christian Doctrine (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013) in Themelios 38.3 (2013) , 497-499.   
  • Thomas Guarino, Vincent of Lerins and the Development of Christian Doctrine (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013) in Themelios 38.3 (2013) , 497-499.   
  • Anthony Chute et al. eds., We Belong: Evangelical Unity and Denominational Diversity (Wheaton: Crossway, 2013) online   
  • George Kalantzis and Andrew Tooley, eds. and the Early Church:Recovery, Reform, Renewal (Eugene, OR; Cascade, 2012) in Themelios, 38.2 (2013) pp. 303-304   
  • Mark Hutchinson and John Wolffe, A Short History of Global Evangelicalism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012) in Themelios, 38.2 (2013) pp. 300-302   
  • Dewey Wallace, Makers of English Calvinism (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011) in Westminster Theological Journal 74 (2012), 439-441   
  • Paul A. Hartog, ed., The Contemporary Church and the Early Church (Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2010) in Westminster Theological Journal 74 (2012), 441-443   
  • Christian Smith, How to Go from being a Good Evangelical to a Committed Catholic in 95 Difficult Steps in Themelios 38.1 (2013), 148-150 or online   
  • Polly Ha, English Presbyterianism 1590-1640 in Calvin Theological Journal, 48.1 (2013), 163-165   
  • Kimberly Long, The Eucharistic Theology of the American Holy Fairs in Calvin Theological Journal, 48.1 (2013), 169-171   
  • William Van Asselt, ed., Introduction to Reformed Scholasticism in Haddington House Journal XV (2013), 91-93   
  • Christian T. Collins Winn, ed., The Pietist Impulse in Christianity in Haddington House Journal XV (2013), 94-96   
  • Andrew Atherstone and David Ceri Jones, eds. Engaging with Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The Life and Legacy of the 'the Doctor'. Leicester, UK: IVP, 2011 in Themelios 37.3 (2012), 532-534   
  • Michael J. Svigel, Retro-Christianity: Reclaiming the Forgotten Faith. Wheaton: Crossway, 2012 in Themelios 37.3 (2012), 546-547   
  • William Kay, Pentecostalism: A Very Short Introduction (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011) on the Gospel Coalition website Oct. 12, 2012   
  • G.R. Evans, The Roots of the Reformation: Tradition, Emergence and Rupture (Downers Grove: IVP, 2012) in Credo Magazine, Oct. 2012   
  • Tim Grass, F.F. Bruce: A Life (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2012) in Themelios 37.2 (August, 2012) pp. 349-351   
  • Andrew Hoffecker, Charles Hodge: The Pride of Princeton (Philipsburg: P&R, 2011) in Themelios 37.2 (Aug. 2012) pp. 353-355   
  • David B. Garner, ed. Did God Really Say? Affirming the Truthfulness and Trustworthiness of Scripture (Phillipsburg: Presbyterian and Reformed, 2012), Gospel Coalition Book Reviews   
  • Jonathan M. Yeager, Enlightened Evangelicalism: the Life and Thought of John Erskine (Oxford University Press, 2011) in Westminster Theological Journal Vol. 74, No. 1 (2012), 205-207   
  • Norman E.Thomas, Missions and Unity: Lessons from History, 1792-2010 (American Society of Missiology, 2010) in Themelios online   
  • Keith A. Ives, Voice of Nonconformity: William Robertson Nicoll and the British Weekly (Cambridge: Lutterworth, 2011) in Themelios online   
  • Alan P.F. Sell, Hinterland Theology: A Stimulus to Theological Construction (Paternoster, 2008) in Calvin Theological Journal Vol. 46. no. 2 (2011), 401-403.  
  • Brian Stanley, The Edinburgh Missionary Conference 1910 (Eerdmans, 2010) in Calvin Theological Journal Vol. 46. no. 2 (2011), 424-427.  
  • Paul Gutjahr, Charles Hodge: Guardian of American Orthodoxy (Oxford University Press, 2011) in Themelios (2011), 525-526.  
  • Kirsi Stjerna, Women and the Reformation (Oxford, Blackwell, 2008) in Themelios, 36.1 (March, 2011), 138-40.   
  • Mark Shaw, Global Awakening: How 20th Century Revivals Triggered a Christian Revolution (Downers Grove, IVP, 2010) and Collin Hansen with John Woodbridge, A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir (Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 2010) in the Westminster Theological Journal 73.1 (2011), 173-175.   
  • Timothy Ward, Words of Life: Scriptures as the Living and Active Word of God (Downers Grove, IVP, 2009), in Presbyterion 37.1 (2011), 62-63.   
  • John D. Hannah, An Uncommon Union: Dallas Seminary and American Evangelicalism in Calvin Theological Journal Vol. 45 no. 2 (2010) pp. 393-395.  
  • Mark A. Noll, "The New Shape of World Christianity" (IVP, 2009) in Westminster Theological Journal Vol. 72, no. 2 (2010) pp. 441-443.   
  • Everett Ferguson, "Baptism in the Early Church" (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009) in Themelios Vol. 35 no. 1 (2010), 117-119.  
  • A. T. B. MacGowan, The Divine Authenticity of Scripture, (Downers Grove: I.V.P. 2008) in Presbyterion Vol. 36 no. 1 (2010), 52-54.  
  • Herman Selderhuis, John Calvin: A Pilgrim’s Life (IVP, 2009) in Haddington House Journal, Vol. XII (2010),63-65.  
  • Stephen Hampton, "Anti-Arminians: The Anglican Reformed Tradition from Charles II to George I" (Oxford, 2008) in the Westminster Theological Journal, Vol. 71 no. 2009, 511-513.  
  • W.R. Ward, Early Evangelicalism: An Intellectual History 1670-1789 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006) in Calvin Theological Journal, Vol. 44 no. 2 (2009), 443-445.  
  • Garth M. Rosell, 'The Surprising Work of God: Harold John Ockenga, Billy Graham, and the Rebirth of Evangelicalism' (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2008) in the Westminster Theological Journal Vol. 71 no. 1, 232-236.  
  • John M. D’Elia, 'A Place at the Table: George Eldon Ladd and the Rehabilitation of Evangelical Scholarship in America' (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008) in the Westminster Theological Journal Vol. 71 no. 1, 232-236.  
  • Collin Hansen, 'Young, Restless, and Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey with the New Calvinists' (Wheaton: Crossway, 2008) in Presbyterion Vol. 34 (2008) no.2 p.126-128  
  • John J. Murray, 'Catch the Vision: Roots of the Reformed Recovery' (Darlington, U.K.: Evangelical Press, 2008) in Presbyterion Vol. 34 (2008) no.2 p.126-28  
  • Martin I. Klauber and Scott M. Manetsch, eds. 'The Great Commission: Evangelicals and the History of World Missions' (Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 2008), Westminster Theological Journal, Fall 2008, Vol. 70 no. 2, p 406-408  
  • Todd Mangum, ‘The Dispensational-Covenant Rift: The Fissuring of American Evangelical Theology 1936-44' (Paternoster, 2007) in the Westminster Theological Journal, Vol. 70 (2008) no. 1, pp. 201-204  
  • John E. Colwell, ‘Promise and Presence: An Exploration of Sacramental Theology' (Paternoster, 2005), in the Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology Vol. 25. (2007) No. 2, pp. 253-256.  
  • A. Donald MacLeod, ‘C. Stacey Woods and the Evangelical Rediscovery of the University, (Inter Varsity Press, 2007) in the Westminster Theological Journal Vol. 69 (2007) no. 2 pp. 427-429.  
  • David F. Wright ‘What Infant Baptism Has Done to Baptism' (Paternoster, 2005) in Presbyterion Vol. 32 ( 2006) no. 2.