Academic writing is not a neutral medium for conveying truth; its powers and faults must be exposed before theology entrusts its mysteries to the academic text. To that end, William Wright, en route to putting Calvin’s Salvation in Writing, institutes a new theological genre, “theography”: theology that “confesses” its academic parameters--with both gratitude and repentance. He delineates those parameters by contrasting the philosophical rationales for writing found in Hegel and Derrida. Drawing on their insights into dialectic and difference, Wright sets out Calvin’s doctrine of justification and sanctification across a shifting written terrain. Observing Calvin’s doctrinal structure thus becomes a path to save academic writing from claiming for itself either too much or too little.
Calvin's Salvation in Writing: A Confessional Academic Theology is the philosophically boldest employment of Calvin to date. Through innovatively mining Calvin’s theology, William Wright designs a new method of theology that will enliven the field.
William A. Wright (Ph.D. 2006, University of Chicago) is Associate Professor of Religion at Eureka College in Illinois. He has published articles and essays on Calvin’s notion of experience, the Trinity, and the doctrine of salvation.
Scholars and graduate students interested in the method and purpose of academic theology; theologians using Calvin constructively or working on soteriology; philosophers and theologians placing doctrine in conversation with philosophy.