Yet More Theses Online

January 23, 2011

I stumbled across a very tasty morsel yesterday, a doctoral thesis on the Parliament fast days: Thomas Doumaux, ‘Fast Days and Faction: The Struggle for Reformation, Order, and Unity in England 1558 – c. 1640’. I have only dipped into it having chanced upon it on a Google search for one specific fast day sermon. Looks good.

It is in the Vanderbilt University archive. The only other thesis/dissertation currently on the site that will likely appeal to readers of this blog is Gregory Selmon, ‘John Cotton: The Antinomian Calvinist’. But worth bookmarking the archive and checking it once in a while. Great to have these available without the hassle and expense of going through UMI or the inter-library loans system.


More Theses Online

January 8, 2011

There is a small online archive of theses at Duke Divinity School. The two that would be more likely to interest readers of this blog are a rather old one by Earl T. Farrell entitled ’The Doctrine of Man and Grace as held by the Reverend John Flavel’. Of greater interest to me was David C. Fink’s doctoral dissertation, entitled ‘Divided by Faith: The Protestant Doctrine of Justification and the Confessionalization of Biblical Exegesis’, which I have dipped into and am finding thought-provoking. I really enjoyed his 2007 article on Bucer and triplex iustificatio and it is good to see someone getting deeper into the exegesis that lies behind the doctrinal formulations of the sixteenth century.

Who’s Who?

January 6, 2011

I was delighted a while ago to find that the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is available free online. This is a truly amazing resource for anyone interested in British history including the lives of the Reformers and Puritans. Remote access is possible by typing a local library card number (preferably your own) into the box on the left side of the screen…and you’re in. Why bother with Wikipedia when you can use this!? I imagine that those outside the UK will not be granted access.

Check out the online collections at the Princeton Seminary Library. They have digitised the ‘Studies in Reformed Theology and History’ series, a collection of short monographs. Pick of the bunch would be Tony Lane on John Calvin and Bernard of Clairvaux. There are also interesting studies by Torrance Kirby on Richard Hooker and Boersma on Richard Baxter and infant baptism. Barth, Edwards, John McLeod Campbell – it’s all there!

There are also digitised manuscripts of Charles Hodge’s European journal and some sermons.

Free Theses

March 27, 2010

The digital revolution trundles onwards. I have found EThOS rather poor to date. A few useful things there but some institutions are not cooperating readily and the backlog for digitization is lengthy which means that things happen slowly, or not at all.

Some British universities are setting up local digital archives and these will be worth watching.

The Edinburgh Research Archive has a few interesting doctoral theses online from the School of Divinity. The links below take you to a page where you can read the abstract and download a PDF if it tickles your fancy. The more interesting titles are:

Alan R. MacDonald, Ecclesiastical Politics in Scotland: 1586 – 1610

Michael A. Chandra, Ontological and value incommensuration: Marilyn McCord Adams on medieval and modern approaches to Theodicy

Hansang Lee, Trinitarian Theology and Piety: The Attributes of God in the Thought of Stephen Charnock (1628-1680) and William Perkins (1558-1602)

Hunter M. Bailey, Via Media Alia: Reconsidering the controversial doctrine of universal redemption in the theology of James Fraser of Brea (1639 – 1699)

Kin Yip Louie, The Theological Aesthetics of Jonathan Edwards

More will be added in time and you can sign up for email notifications.

Things are moving more slowly at DSpace at Cambridge but a taster is:

Gareth Atkins, Wilberforce and his milieux: the worlds of Anglican Evangelicalism, c.1780-1830

Nothing of note at the Oxford University Research Archive at this point in time.

Needless to say, anything really juicy will likely be embargoed but it is good to see theses made available to the research community without the hassle of inter-library loans, etc.

The New EThOS

February 19, 2009

The digital revolution gathers pace as the British Library’s Electronic Theses Online Service enters its Beta testing phase. Registered users can now search and download theses submitted at many British universities. The collection is growing on a digitize-on-demand basis, with a 10 day wait for new theses to be scanned before they can be downloaded. Oxford and Cambridge won’t play with the other children but there are many good things here. Michael Horton’s thesis on Thomas Goodwin and assurance and Robert Letham’s epic thesis on assurance were just two of the items straight into my basket. This is a great (and overdue) resource. It’s like UMI, but free! Check it out at


July 9, 2008

I am delighted to see the revamped Themelios journal available free online with the steady hand of Don Carson on the rudder. Carl Trueman continues to contribute a column by popular demand. This is worth bookmarking.