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Nicholas Cumming Faculty Profile

Nicholas Cumming

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion
Religion and Philosophy Division, Seaver College
APC 254

Biography

Dr. Cumming earned his PhD in theology and religious studies at King's College London with his dissertation entitled "The Life of Francis Turretin and His Impact on the Protestant Reformed Tradition." He earned his MDiv, MS in ministry and his BA in television production at Pepperdine University. Trained in both theology and history, Dr. Cumming has taught classes on faith and culture, the Hebrew Bible, and church history at Pepperdine University, Lipscomb University, King's College London, and Quinnipiac University. His research explores the history and theology of early modern Europe and America, particularly the influence of late-Medieval scholasticism in Protestant theology. Dr. Cumming has presented papers at the American Society of Church History, the Reformation Research Consortium, and the Institute of Historical Research. He has contributed to De Gruyter's "Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception," and his dissertation is a forthcoming monograph in Brill's "St. Andrew's Studies in Reformation History."

Education

  • PhD, Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London 2016
  • Master of Divinity, Pepperdine University, 2013
  • Master of Science, Ministry, Pepperdine University, 2013
  • Bachelor of Arts, Telecommunications, Pepperdine University, 2010
  • Francis Turretin and the Reformed Tradition, St. Andrews Studies in Reformation History (Brill, 2020).
  • "'Sin as Punishment of Sin': Francis Turretin's (1623-87) Reformed Doctrine of Sin." Reformation and Renaissance Review 22.1 (2019), pp. 1-16.
  • "Finger on the Pulse: Armenian Identity and Religiosity in Southern California," co-authored with Dyron B. Daughrity, in A. Agadjanian (ed.), Armenian Christianity Today: Identity Politics and Popular Practice (Ashgate, 2014), pp. 233-52.
  • "Predestination in World Christianity," Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (De Gruyter, forthcoming).
  • "Punishment in World Christianity," Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (De Gruyter, forthcoming).
  • "Real Presence in World Christianity," Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (De Gruyter, forthcoming).

Book Reviews:

  • Gary W. Jenkins, Calvin's Tormentors: Understanding the Conflicts that Shaped the Reformer, in The Stone-Campbell Journal 22.2 (2019).
  • Martin Heale, The Abbots and Priors of Late Medieval and Reformation England, in Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, 86.2 (2017).
  • American Academy of Religion, Member
  • American Society of Church History, Member

  • Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, Member

  • Calvin Studies Society, Member

  • Small Conference Grant, King's College London, 2016 

  • Small Research Grant, King's College London, 2014

  • Promising Scholar Award, Stone Campbell Journal, 2013

  • "Between Evangelical and Enlightened: Religious Communities in Seventeenth-Century Geneva", at the Sixteenth Century Society Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, October 2020. (Postponed due to Covid-19)
  • "Geneva Among the Reformed: The Pastoral, Political, and Academic Contexts of the City of Geneva in the mid-Seventeenth Century", at the Reformation Research Consortium (RefoRC) Annual Conference, Warsaw, Poland, May 2018.
  • "'Our Illustrious Calvin': The Reception and Appeal to John Calvin in Seventeenth-Century Scholastic Theology," at the Reformation Research Consortium (RefoRC) Annual Conference, Wittenberg, Germany, May 2017.
  • "'As Commonly Asserted by the Orthodox': The Nature of Reformed Self-Understanding in Seventeenth-Century Geneva," at the American Society of Church History/American Historical Association Winter Meeting, Denver, Colorado, January 2017.
  • "'Sin is Rightly Called the Punishment of Sin': Francis Turretin (1623-87) and the Doctrine of Sin in the Early Modern Reformed Tradition," at the American Society of Church History Spring Meeting, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, April 2016.
  • "'According to His Good Pleasure': Francis Turretin and the Predestination Debates in Seventeenth-Century Geneva," at the European History 1500-1800 Seminar, Institute for Historical Research, University of London, November 2015.

Topics

  • Church history
  • Historical theology
  • Reformed theology
  • Systematic theology

Courses

  • Old Testament in Context
  • New Testament in Context
  • Christianity and Culture: The Religious History of the American Revolution