Dr. Ronald VanderMolen



Ronald VanderMolen


Fields of interest: English History, Early Modern Europe, History of Christianity, Historiography, Colonial America, Medievel Europe, Intellectual History, Ancient Mediterranean World

Education: Ph.D. Michigan Sate University, 1969; M.A., DePaul University, 1965; B.A., Calvin College, 1961

Courses that I Teach:

HIST 2120 Ancient Mediterranean World
HIST 3140 Medieval Europe 500-1500
HIST 3210 Renaissance and Reformation
HIST 3220 Absolutism and Revolution, 1598-1799
HIST 3400 The Great Teachings
HIST 3610 Colonial America
HIST 4210 Intellectual History
HIST 4300 History of Christianity
HIST 4350 English History to 1603
HIST 4360 English History 1603 to Present
HIST 4990/4960 Senior Seminar ad Directed Reading
HIST 5930 History of Historical Writing
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1978 NEH Summer Fellowship for College Teachers, UC Berkeley: "Eighteenth- Century British Culture"
1981 NEH Summer Fellowship for College Teachers, UC Berkeley: "European Economic History"


Scholarship and Research:

1968 Article: "An Approach to Teaching Revolutions" Christian Educators Journal (Nov., 1968)
1969 Article: "Political Calvinism," A Journal of Church and State, XI, no. 3 (Autumn, 1969)
1970 Artcile: "The Christian Historian: Seeker or Apologist?" Fides et Historia, II no. 2 (Fall, 1970)
1971 Review in The Reformed Journal, XXXI, no. 1 (February, 1971): David S. Lovejoy, Religious Enthusiasm and the Great Awakening (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1969)
1973 Article: "Anglican Against Puritan: Ideological Origins During the Marian Exile," Church History, 42, no. 1 (March, 1973)
  Article: "'Where is History Going:' and Historical Scholarship," Fides et Historia, V, nos. 1-2 (Spring, 1973)
  Professional evaluator Mennonite Quarterly Review (review of a submitted article)
  Review in The Reformed Journal, May-June, 1973: R.W. Southern, Western Society and the Church in the Middle Ages (Grand Rapids, 1972)
1974 Paper read at Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota, October, 1974: "Civil Religion and Christianity in Modern Europe"
1975 Article: "Western Secularization as a Continuing Process: Ironic Origins and Puzzling Results," Fides et Historia, VIII, no. 1 (Fall, 1975)
  Paper read at St. Thomas More College, Fort Mitchell, KY, April, 1975: "Puritan Philosophy of History: Providence as Mystery - Providence as Revelation"
1976 Panel member on Modesto Cablevision Series: "Colonial Religion" (5 presentations)
  Paper read at department colloquium, Spring, 1976: "Calvinist Philosophy of History"
  Paper read to the Political-Military Affairs Company, Treasure Island, May, 1976: "Current British Affairs"
  Review in Christian Scholars Review, VI, nos. 2, 3 (1976): Eric Voegelin, From Enlightenment to Revolution (Durham, NC, 1975)
1977 Republication of "Anglican Against Puritan . . . . " in F.J. Bremer and A.T. Vaughan, eds., Puritan New England (New York, 1977)
  Review in Fides Historia, IX, no. 2 (Spring, 1977): J. Sears McGee, The Godly Man in Stuart England (New Haven, 1976)
1978 Article: "Providence as Mystery, Providence as Revelation: Puritan and Anglican Modification of John Calvin's Doctrine of Providence," Church History, 47, no. 1 (March, 1978)
1980 Review in Albion, vol. 12, no. 2 (Summer, 1980): Rosemary O'Day, The English Clergy: The Emergence and Consolidation of a Profession, 1558- 1642 (Leicester, 1980)
  Review in Fides et Historia, XII, no. 2 (Spring, 1980): James E. McGoldrick, Luther's English Connection (Milwaukee, 1979)
1981 Article: "Competence vs. Piety in Cultural Studies," Christian Educators Journal, 21, no. 1 (Oct./Nov., 1981)
  Review in The Historian: Peter N. Clark, et al., eds., The English Commonwealth, 1547-1640 (New York, 1979)
1982 Review in Albion, vol. 24, no. 1 (Spring, 1982): Rosemary O'Day and Felicity Heal, eds. Princes and Paupers in the English Church, 1500-1800 (Totowa, NJ, 1981)
  Articles in Richard L. Greaves and Robert Zaller, eds., Bibliographical Dictionary of British Radicals in the Seventeenth Century, 3 vols., (Brighton, Sussex, 1982-84): "William Benn," "Samuel Eaton," "Robert Franklyn," "Richard Gilpin," "Samuel Hammond," "Henry Hickman," "Samuel Stone"
1983 Review in Christian Scholar's Review, XIII, no. 1 (1983): Dewey D. Wallace, Puritans and Predestination: Grace in English Protestant Theology, 1525-1695 (Chapel Hill, NC, 1982)
1984 Articles in Walter A. Elwell, ed., Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (Grand Rapids, 1984): "Pragmatism," "Benedict Spinoza," "Protestant Scholasticism," "Francois Turretin," "John Toland," "Matthew Tindal," "Philipp Jakob Spencer"
  Review in Church History, 53, no. 3 (September, 1984): Charles B. Schmitt, John Case and Aristotelianism in Renaissance England (Kingston, 1983)
1985 Respondent to paper in the "Calvin and Calvin Studies Colloquium," May, 1985, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  Review of Keith L. Sprunger, Dutch Puritanism: A History of English and Scottish Churches of the Netherlands in the Sixteen and Seventeenth Centuries (Leiden, 1982). In The Historian, vol. XLVII (Aug., 1985) pp. 570-571. Pub. by Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society in History.
1987 Article: "A Response to 'Scrap of Bread and a Right Conscience'" in Calvin and Christian Ethics, P. DeKlerk, ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Calvin Studies Society, 1987)
  Review in The Historian, vol. XLIX (pp. 385-386) of G.R. Elton, F.W. Maitland (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1985).
1989 Review of M. Anderson's Evangelical Foundations (1987), in Church History, Dec., '89, pp. 513-4
1991 Articles: "Anglicanism"; "English Calvinism." In Historical Dictionary of Tudor England, 1485-1603, edited by Ronald H. Fritze. New York: Greenwood Press, 1991.
  Review of Not by Fact Alone: Essays on the Writing and Reading of History, by John Clive. The Historian 53 (Winter 1991): 321-322
  Review of Religious Radicals in Tudor England, by J.W. Martin. Church History 60 (September 1991): 398-400
1992 Articles: "Book of Discipline," "John Gill," "Thomas Hooker," "Lambeth Articles," "Walter Travers," "James Ussher," in Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith, Donald McKim, ed. Louisville: John Knox Press, 1992
1996 Review of Antonia Frasier's Kings and Queens of England in Sixteenth Century Journal
  Refereed article on seventeenth-century English Judaism for the journal Church History
1997 Review of On 'What is History?', by Keith Jenkins in Fides et Historia (Spring, '97)
1998 Review of History and Belief, by R.E. Frykenberg in Christian Scholars Review (Fall, '98)
1999 Review of M. Bunzl, Real History in Fides et Historia (Summer, 1999)
  Ongoing - Manuscript on Richard Cox accepted for publication by Sutton Courtenay Press(Great Britain)

English ecclesiastical Appointments, 1540-47

  Member of the editorial board of Fides et Historia, published by the Conference on Faith and History


Professional Societies:

Conference on British Studies
American Society of Church History
Sixteenth-Century Studies Society
Calvin Studies Society
Conference on Faith and History