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Bill Dennison

Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
On faculty since 1993





PhD, Michigan State University, 1992

ThM, Westminster Theological Seminary, 1980

MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary, 1976

BA, Geneva College, 1973


Professional Interests

I enjoy engaging the interdisciplinary intellectual historical context of Modern Europe. I have special interest in 19th and 20th century German theology, philosophy, and history, especially Rudolf Bultmann. In the Reformed tradition of Protestant Christianity, I engage the field of Christian Apologetics and the discipline of Biblical Theology. Also I am quite concerned about methodological issues in the field of interdisciplinary studies.


Professional Membership

  • Evangelical Theological Society.
  • Society of Christian Philosophers (charter member).
  • The International Society of Christian Apologetics (ISEA; charter member).
  • Association for Integrative Studies (AIS).


Selected Publications

  • The Young Bultmann: Context for His Understanding of God, 1884-1925. American University Studies Series 7, Theology and Religion. New York: Peter Lang, 2008.
  • "The Christian Academy: Antithesis, Common Grace, and Plato's View of the Soul" The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. Vol. 54, no. 1 (March 2011): 109-131.
  • "The Christian Apologist in the Present State of Redemptive-History," Kerux: The Journal of Northwest Theological Seminary. XXV, no. 3 (December 2010): 11-24.
  • "Comparing J. Gresham Machen and Rudolf Bultmann: Reflections upon the Marburg Experience, 1905-06" Journal for the History of Modern Theology/Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte 16/2 (2009): 217-235.
  • Rudolf Bultmann's Review of J. Gresham Machen's, The Origin of Paul's Religion, Edition by William D. Dennison, English translation by Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., Journal for the History of Modern Theology/Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte 16/2 (2009): 236-240.
  • J. Gresham Machen's Letters Home from Marburg, 1905-06," edition, forward, and footnotes by William D. Dennison. Journal for the History of Modern Theology/Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte 16/2 (2009): 241-275.


Promotional Comments

"In what is the most impressive English-language study of Bultmann's early theology..." Dr. Mark D. Chapman, Vice-Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford and a member of the Faculty of Theology, Oxford University. He is also editor of the Journal for the History of Modern Theology/ Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte.

  • A Christian Approach to Interdisciplinary Studies: In Search of a Method and Starting Point. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2007.


"...A joy to read, this scholarly work defends and articulates the interdisciplinary approach provided by the Triune God of the Scripture, the ‘author of integration.'" Mary Dengler, Associate Professor of English, Editor of Pro Rege, Director of the Kuyper Center, Dordt College


"...Dennison establishes a vital role for interdisciplinary studies in Christian colleges and universities-not in weak imitations of anemic secular models, but in uniquely Christian programs built on the truth that integration is already achieved in Christ, who is before all things and in whom all things hold together." Christopher Horne, Assistant Professor of Public Administration, University of Tennessee @ Chattanooga


  • "The Eschatological Implications of Genesis 2:15 for Apologetics," in Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics, ed. K. Scott Oliphant and Lane G. Tipton (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 2007), 190-204.
  • "In Search of a Starting Point and a Method for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Context of Christian Theism," Pro Rege, XXXV, no. 1 (September 2006): 10-23.
  • "Natural and Special Revelation: A Reassessment," Kerux: The Journal of Northwest Theological Seminary, XXI (September 2006): 13-34.
  • "The Redemptive-Historical Hermeneutic and Preaching," Kerux: The Journal of Northwest Theological Seminary, XXI (May 2006): 11-39.
  • "Biblical Theology and the Issue of Application," in Reformed Spirituality: Communing with Our Glorious God, ed. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. and J. Andrew Wortman (Taylors, SC: Southern Presbyterian Press, 2003), 119-151.
  • "Reason, History, and Revelation: Biblical Theology and the Enlightenment," Kerux: The Journal of Northwest Theological Seminary, XVIII (May 2003): 3-25.
  • Paul's Two-Age Construction and Apologetics. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2000 (republished).
  • "Dutch Neo-Calvinism and the Roots for Transformation," Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, XXXXII (June 1999): 271-291.
  • "Rudolf Bultmann: Pastor?" Calvin Theological Journal, XXXIV (April 1999): 179-187.
  • "Van Til and Common Grace," Mid-American Journal of Theology, IX (Fall 1993): 225-247. [Because of publication problems, this volume appeared in the Spring of 1998].
  • "Van Til and Analytical Philosophy." Westminster Theological Journal, LVII (Spring 1995): 33-56.
  • "Resurrection Living (Col. 3:1-4)," Kerux: A Journal of Biblical-Theological Preaching, IX (May 1994): 24-31.
  • "Indicative and Imperative: The Basic Structure of Pauline Ethics," Calvin Theological Journal, XIV (April 1979): 55-78.
  • "Miracles as 'Signs': Their Significance for Apolo­getics," Biblical Theology Bulletin, VI (June-October 1976): 190-202.


Book Reviews

  • The Pattern of Sound Doctrine: Systematic Theology at the Westminster Seminaries: Essays in Honor of Robert B. Strimple, ed. David VanDrunen. Calvin Theological Journal, XL, no. 2 (November 2005): 380-383.
  • Van Til's Apologetic: Reading and Analysis, by Greg L. Bahnsen. Calvin Theological Journal, XXXIX, no. 1 (April 2004):188-191.
  • New Testament Theology, by Leon Morris. Calvin Theological Journal, XXVII, no. 1 (April 1992): 102-106.
  • Interpreting the Bible: A Popular Introduction to Bibl­ical Hermeneutics, by Terence J. Keegan. Calvin Theological Journal, XXIV, no. 1 (April 1989): 139-140.