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Dr. Adonis Vidu

Professor of Theology

Biography:

Dr. Vidu (Ph.D., University of Nottingham) came to Gordon-Conwell from his native Romania, where he previously taught at Emmanuel University and the University of Bucharest. He is a constructive theologian who is involved in a recovery of the patristic and medieval Trinitarian theology for the contemporary church, with an eye to its conceptual clarity and validity. Having done previous work in theological epistemology (Theology After Neo-Pragmatism, 2009), hermeneutics (Postliberal Theological Method, 2005), and the doctrine of the atonement (Atonement, Law, and Justice, 2014), his current research focuses on a recovery, clarification and defence of the ancient rule of the inseparable operations of the Trinity (forthcoming with Eerdmans, 2021). This project also generates a fundamental rethinking of several loci of systematic theology through the doctrine of ‘divine missions.’

At Gordon-Conwell, Dr. Vidu teaches a number of electives in addition to systematic theology, including: Recent Theories of the Atonement, The Attributes of the Trinitarian God, Modern Theology, Theological Hermeneutics. He is also one of the conveners of the Gordon-Conwell Theology Forum, a space for robust and friendly theological exchange among students and faculty.

Dr. Vidu is married to Adriana and they have one daughter, Hannah. He also served as an elder at Grace Chapel, Lexington.

Degrees

  • Dip. (University of Oradea)
  • B.A. (Emmanuel Bible Institute)
  • M.Phil. (Babes-Bolyai University)
  • Ph.D. (University of Nottingham)

Featured Publications

Select List of Publications

  • The Same God Who Works All Things: Inseparable Operations in Trinitarian Theology. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, forthcoming.
  • “The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit as Love.” Pages 165-186 in Love, Divine, and Human: Contemporary Essays in Systematic and Philosophical Theology. Edited by Oliver D. Crisp, James M. Arcadi, and Jordan Wessling. London; New York: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2019.
  • “Ascension and Pentecost: Soteriology and the Divine Missions.” In Being Saved: Explorations in Human Salvation. Edited by Marc Cortez, Joshua R. Farris, and S. Mark Hamilton. London: SCM Press, 2018.
  • “Divine Missions.” In The T&T Companion to the Atonement. Edited by Adam J. Johnson. London; New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017.
  • “Hermeneutics.” Pages 702-705 in Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. 3rd ed. Edited by Daniel J. Treier and Walter A. Elwell. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017.
  • ‘The Cross, and Necessity: A Trinitarian Perspective.’ The Irish Theological Quarterly 82 (2017): 322-341.
  • “Alasdair MacIntyre,” “Thomas C. Oden,” and “Realism.” Pages 544-545, 627, and 734-735 in New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systemic. 2nd ed. Edited by Martin Davie, Tim Grass, Stephen R. Holmes, John McDowell and T.A. Noble. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2016.
  • “The Place of the Cross Among the Inseparable Operations of the Trinity.” Pages 21-42 in Locating Atonement: Explorations in Constructive DogmaticsEdited by Oliver D. Crisp and Fred Sanders. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015.
  • “Opera Trinitatis Ad Extra and Collective Agency.” European Journal for the Philosophy of Religion 7(3) (2015): 27-47.
  • Atonement, Law, and Justice. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014.
  • “Can We Say Very Much? Evangelicals, Emergents, and God-Talk.” In Renewing the Evangelical Mission. Edited by Richard Lints. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013.
  • Theology After Neo-Pragmatism. Milton Keynes, UK; Colorado Springs, CO: Paternoster, 2008.
  • “Habits of the Spirit: Reflections on a Pragmatic Pneumatology.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 50 (2007): 105-119.
  • “The Place of the Past in Theological Construction” Theology Today 64 (2007): 201-220.
  • Postliberal Theological Method: A Critical Study. Milton Keynes, UK; Waynesboro, GA: Paternoster, 2005.
  • “Frei and Auerbach on the Meaning of the Gospel Narratives.” Trinity Journal  26 (2005): 245-265.
  • “The Author as Otherness and Post-structuralist Hermeneutics.” In Interpretation of Texts, Sacred and Secular, History and Theory. Edited by Pierre Buhler and Tibor Fabiny. Zurich: Pano Verlag, 1999.

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