HT709 Thesis Proposal

(Revised April, 2013)

Course Description

Designed for those enrolled in the MA Historical Theology emphasis and may be attempted only after all the core courses for the degree have been completed. This course entails preparation for the completion of a thesis in the Spring Semester. The thesis proposal will be developed in consultation with faculty in the department of theological studies and will include a brief statement of topic, the state of the question, the proposed argument, research methods and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

Content and Organization

    1. Introduction
      1. Name
      2. Context, i.e. your personal interest in this project (why are you writing thisproject?)
    1. Brief Statement of the Topic
      1. What is the topic
      2. Why should anyone care about this topic
    1. State of the Question
      1. What is at issue?
      2. Who are the parties involved in the discussion?
      3. What is the state of the literature?
    1. Proposed Argument
      1. What is your tentative thesis/argument/hypothesis?
      2. How do you intend to make your case?
    1. Research Methods
      1. What historiographic method will you use?
      2. What sources will you use?
    1. Bibliography
      1. What are the most important primary sources?
      2. What are the most important secondary sources?
  1. Supervisor and Reader
    1. Who is your proposed supervisor?
    2. Who is your proposed reader?


Not to exceed 3000 words, double-spaced.

Please read or re-read On the Writing of Essays.

Please read (or re-read) MA (HT) Thesis Guidelines

Due Date: Last day of the Winter Term Final Exam period, 10:00 AM.


Most of your effort should be directed toward explaining the topic you are researching, the state of the question and explaining how your research supplements the current body of knowledge. It is understood that your .thesis may change as your research progresses.


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The instructor holds the copyright to all course lectures and original course materials. This copyright extends to student notes and summaries that substantially reflect the lectures or original course materials. Course lectures and materials are made available for the personal use of students only and may not be recorded or otherwise distributed (including the publication of student notes or summaries on social media) in any way for commercial or non-commercial purposes without the express written permission of the instructor.

Muller Bibliography Chronologically Ordered

Muller, Richard A. “Perkins’ a Golden Chaine : Predestinarian System of Schematized Ordo Salutis.” Sixteenth Century Journal 9 (1978): 69-81.

—— “Duplex Cognitio Dei in the Theology of Early Reformed Orthodoxy.” Sixteenth Century Journal 10 (1979): 51-61.

—— “The Foundation of Calvin’s Theology : Scripture as Revealing God’s Word.” Duke Divinity School Review 44 (1979): 14-23.

—— “Covenant and Conscience in English Reformed Theology: Three Variations on a 17th Century Theme.” Westminster Theological Journal 42 (1980): 308-34.

—— “Christ and the Eschaton : Calvin and Moltmann on the Duration of the Munus Regium.” Harvard Theological Review 74 (1981): 31-59.

—— “The Spirit and the Covenant: John Gill’s Critique of the Pactum Salutis.” Foundations 24 (1981): 4-14.

——  “The Federal Motif in Seventeenth-Century Arminian Theology.” Nederlands archief voor kerkgeschiedenis 62 (1982): 102-22.

—— “Christ – the Revelation Or the Revealer : Brunner and Reformed Orthodoxy on the Doctrine of the Word of God.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 26 (1983): 307-19.

—— “Incarnation, Immutability, and the Case for Classical Theism.” Westminster Theological Journal 45 (1983): 22-40.

—— “Henry Boynton Smith : Christocentric Theologian.” Journal of Presbyterian History 61 (1983): 429-44.

—— Christ and the Decree: Christology and Predestination in Reformed Theology From Calvin to Perkins. Durham, N.C.: Labyrinth Press, 1984.

—— “Vera Philosophia Cum Sacra Theologia Nusquam Pugnat: Keckermann on Philosophy, Theology, and the Problem of Double Truth.” Sixteenth Century Journal 15 (1984): 341-65.

—— Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms: Drawn Principally From Protestant Scholastic Theology. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House, 1985.

—— “Giving Direction to Theology: The Scholastic Dimension.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 28 (1985): 183-93.

—— Christ and the Decree: Christology and Predestination in Reformed Theology From Calvin to Perkins. Durham, N.C.: Labyrinth Press, 1986.

—— “Emanuel V. Gerhart on the “Christ-Idea” as Fundamental Principle.” Westminster Theological Journal 48 (1986): 97-117.

——  “Scholasticism Protestant and Catholic: Francis Turretin on the Object and Principles of Theology.” Church History 55 (1986): 193-205.

Bradley, James E, and Richard A. Muller, (eds.) Church, Word and Spirit: Historical and Theological Essays in Honor of Geoffrey W. Bromiley. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1987.

—— Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House, 1987.

—— “What I Haven’t Learned From Barth.” Reformed Journal 37 (1987): 16-18.

——  “The Christological Problem in the Thought of Jacobus Arminius.” Nederlands Archief voor Kerkgeschiedenis 68 (1988): 145-63.

—— “Arminius and the Scholastic Tradition.” Calvin Theological Journal 24 (1989): 263-77.

—— “Karl Barth and the Path of Theology Into the Twentieth Century: Historical Observations.” Westminster Theological Journal 51 (1989): 25-50.

Klauber, Martin I. “Continuity and Discontinuity in Post-Reformation Reformed Theology: An Evaluation of the Muller Thesis.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 33 (1990): 467-75.

—— “Fides and Cognitio in Relation to the Problem of Intellect and Will in the Theology of John Calvin.” Calvin Theological Journal 25 (1990): 207-24.

—— “The Barth Legacy: New Athanasius Or Origen Redivivus? A Response to T F. Torrance.” The Thomist 54 (1990): 673-704.

—— “The Hermeneutic of Promise and Fulfillment in Calvin’s Exegesis of the Old Testament Prophecies of the Kingdom.” In The Bible in the Sixteenth Century, edited by David C. Steinmetz, 68-82. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1990.

—— God, Creation, and Providence in the Thought of Jacob Arminius: Sources and Directions of Scholastic Protestantism in the Era of Early Orthodoxy. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House, 1991.

—— “The Christological Problem as Addressed By Friedrich Schleiermacher: A Dogmatic Query.” In Perspectives on Christology: Essays in Honor of Paul K. Jewett, edited by Marguerite Richard A. Muller Shuster, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1991.

Shuster, Marguerite Richard A. Muller, (ed.) Perspectives on Christology: Essays in Honor of Paul K. Jewett. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1991.

—— The Study of Theology: From Biblical Interpretation to Contemporary Formulation. Foundations of Contemporary Interpretation  vol. 7. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Pub. House, 1991.

—— “God, Predestination, and the Integrity of the Created Order: A Note on Patterns in Arminius’ Theology.” In Later Calvinism, 431-46. Kirksville, Mo: Sixteenth Century Journal Publishers, 1994.

—— “The Study of Theology Revisited: A Response to John Frame.” Westminster Theological Journal 56 (1994): 409-17.

—— “The Covenant of Works and the Stability of Divine Law in Seventeenth-Century Reformed Orthodoxy: A Study in the Theology of Herman Witsius and Wihelmus a Brakel.” Calvin Theological Journal 29 (1994): 75-101.

—— Scholasticism and Orthodoxy in the Reformed Tradition: An Attempt At Definition. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Calvin Theological Seminary, 1995.

——, and James E. Bradley. Church History: An Introduction to Research, Reference Works and Methods. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.

—— “The Myth of “Decretal Theology” Calvin Theological Journal 30 (1995): 159-67.

—— “Calvin and the ‘Calvinists:’  Assessing Continuities and Discontinuities Between the Reformation and Orthodoxy.” Calvin Theological Journal 30 (1995): 345-75.

—— “The Era of Protestant Orthodoxy.” In Theological Education in the Evangelical Tradition, edited by D. G. Hart, and Jr. R Albert Mohler, 103-28. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996.

—— “The Significance of Precritical Exegesis: Retrospect and Prospect.” In Biblical Interpretation in the Era of the Reformation, 335-45. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996.

——, and John L. Thompson, (eds.) Biblical Interpretation in the Era of the Reformation: Essays Presented to David C. Steinmetz in Honor of His Sixtieth Birthday. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996.

—— “Calvin and the ‘Calvinists:’ Assessing Continuities and Discontinuities Between the Reformation and Orthodoxy.” Calvin Theological Journal 31 (1996): 125-60.

—— “Found (No Thanks to Theodore Beza): One ‘Decretal’ Theology.” Calvin Theological Journal 32 (1997): 145-51.

—— “‘Scimus Enim Quod Lex Spiritualis Est’: Melanchthoon and Calvin on the Interpretation of Romans 7.14-23.” In Philip Melancththon (1497-1560) and the Commentary, edited by Timothy J. Wengert, and M. Patrick Graham, 216-37. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997.

—— “Scholasticism, Reformation, Orthodoxy, and the Persistence of Christian Aristotelianism.” Trinity Journal (1998): 81-96.

—— Ad Fontes Argumentorium: The Sources of Reformed Theology in the 17th Century: [Inaugural Lecture on Assuming the Post of Visiting Professor of the Belle Van Zuylen Chair At the Faculty of Theology of Utrecht University Delivered Wednesday 11 May 1999]. Utrechtse Theologische Reeks ; 40. Utrecht: Faculteit der Godgeleerdheid Universiteit Utrecht, 1999.

—— “The Use and Abuse of a Document: Beza’s Tabula Praedestinationis, the Bolsec Controversy, and the Origins of Reformed Orthodoxy.” In Protestant Scholasticism: Essays in Reassessment, edited by Carl R. Trueman, and R. Scott Clark, 33-61. Paternoster, 1999.

—— The Unaccommodated Calvin: Studies in the Foundation of a Theological Tradition. New York Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.

—— “The Problem of Protestant Scholasticism—a Review and Definition.” In Reformation and Scholasticism, 45-64. Grand Rapids: Baker Bk House, 2001.

—— “Reformation, Orthodoxy, ‘Christian Aristotlianism,’ and the Eclecticism of Early Modern Philosophy.” Nederlands Archief voor Kerkgeschiedenis 81 (2001): 306-25.

—— “Directions in Current Calvin Research.” Religious Studies Review 27 (2001): 131-39.

—— “The Starting Point of Calvin’s Theology: An Essay-Review.” Calvin Theological Journal 36 (2001): 314-41.

—— Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics: The Rise and Development of Reformed Orthodoxy, Ca. 1520 to Ca. 1725. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academics, 2003.

—— After Calvin: Studies in the Development of a Theological Tradition. Oxford Studies in Historical Theology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

—— “The Placement of Predestination in Reformed Theology: Issue Or Non-Issue?” Calvin Theological Journal 40 (2005): 184-210.

—— “A Note on ‘Christocentrism’ and the Imprudent Use of Such Terminology.” Westminster Theological Journal 68 (2006): 253-60.

—— “Divine Covenants, Absolute and Conditional: John Cameron and the Early Orthodox Development of Reformed Covenant Theology.” Mid-America Journal of Theology 17 (2006): 11-56.

—— “Toward the Pactum Salutis: Locating the Origins of a Concept.” Mid-America Journal of Theology 18 (2007): 11-65.

——, and Rowland S. Ward. Scripture and Worship: Biblical Interpretation and the Directory for Worship. Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing, 2007.

—— “Unity and Distinction: The Nature of God in the Theology of Lucas Trelcatius, Jr.” Reformation & Renaissance Review 10 (2008): 315-41.

—— “Arminius and the Reformed Tradition.” Westminster Theological Journal 70 (2008): 19-48.

—— “A Tale of Two Wills: Calvin and Amyraut on Ezekiel 18:23.” Calvin Theological Journal 44 (2009): 211-25.

—— “Calvin on Sacramental Presence, in the Shadow of Marburg and Zurich.” Lutheran Quarterly 23 (2009): 147-67.

—— “Reflections on Persistent Whiggism and Its Antidotes in the Study of Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Intellectual History.” In Seeing Things Their Way, 134-153. Notre Dame, IN: Univerity of Notre Dame Press, 2009.

Stanglin, Keith D., and Richard A. Muller. “Bibliographia Arminiana: A Comprehensive, Annotated Bibliography of the Works of Arminius.” In Arminius, Arminianism, and Europe, 263-90. Leiden: Brill, 2009.

—— “God as Absolute and Relative, Necessary, Free, and Contingent: The Ad Intra-Ad Extra Movement of Seventeenth-Century Reformed Language About God.” In Always Reformed: Essays in Honor of W. Robert Godfrey, edited by R. Scott Clark, and Joel E. Kim, 56-73. Escondido: Westminster Seminary California, 2010.

—— “From Zürich Or From Wittenberg? An Examination of Calvin’s Early Eucharistic Thought.” Calvin Theological Journal 45 (2010): 243-55.

—— “Philip Doddridge and the Formulation of Calvinistic Theology in an Era of Rationalism and Deconfessionalization.” In Religion, Politics and Dissent, 1660-1832, 65-84. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2010

—— “Thomas Barlow on the Liabilities of ‘New Philosophy’: Perceptions of a Rebellious Ancilla in the Era of Protestant Orthodoxy.” In Scholasticism Reformed: Essays in Honour of Willem J. Van Asselt, edited by M. Wisse,M. Sarot, and W. Otten, 179-95. Leiden: Brill, 2010.

——Calvin and the Reformed Tradition: On the Work of Christ and the Order of Salvation (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2012).