Oliver Crisp

Oliver Crisp is professor of Systematic Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He was born and raised in West London, England, and educated at Wimbledon School of Art; the University of Aberdeen (BD, MTh); and King’s College, London (PhD). He has taught at the Universities of St Andrews, Bristol, and Regent College, Vancouver, B.C. He has held post-doctoral fellowships at Notre Dame and CTI, Princeton. He is a past Secretary, Society for the Study of Theology, UK; Past committee member, British Society for Philosophy of Religion; Founding editor, Journal of Analytic Theology; series editor Oxford Studies in Analytic Theology; co-founder/organizer of the annual LA Theology Conferences. He serves on editorial boards of International Journal of Systematic Theology, and Jonathan Edwards Studies. He currently serves on steering committee of AAR Christian Systematic Theology Section and the Analytic Theology Consultation for ETS. He is the author of nine books, and (co-)editor of nine books, as well as over 80 articles and essays.


A Parsimonious Model of Divine Simplicity


Many recent treatments have been highly critical of traditional accounts of divine simplicity. This paper offers a model of the doctrine that does not have the metaphysical costs of traditional doctrines. After giving some dogmatic context, three versions of divine simplicity are laid out. Then, a parsimonious version of the doctrine is set forth and considered. The paper ends with some remarks about the utility of this new model of the doctrine for ecumenical theology.