Dr. Michael Allen

Associate Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology

  • Theology and Philosophy | Faculty | Orlando

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Wheaton College, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.


Dr. Mike Allen joined the faculty of RTS-Orlando in 2015 and serves as Associate Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology and Dean of Students of the Orlando campus. He teaches core courses related to systematic theology and historical theology.

Dr. Allen’s research interests range widely over the various topics of Christian doctrine and eras of church history. He is eager to guide students to grow in their ability to retrieve theological riches from the past for the sake of renewing contemporary reflection, worship, and witness. In this vein, he is committed to Reformed catholicity as a confession and a posture for doing theology and approaching ministry today. He is presently writing a volume on sanctification that is not only rooted in Reformational teaching on Christ and grace but also attuned to patristic and medieval thought about the moral life and the lived nature of Christian holiness. With Dr. Scott Swain, he serves as general editor of the T & T Clark International Theological Commentary series and the New Studies in Dogmatics series for Zondervan Academic. He also serves as book review editor for the International Journal of Systematic Theology.

He grew up in both the South and then in South Florida. Prior to joining the faculty at RTS in 2015, he taught undergraduate and graduate students at Wheaton College and then taught at Knox Theological Seminary for five years, where he held the D. James Kennedy Chair of Systematic Theology and also served as Dean of the Faculty. He is a teaching elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Allen and his wife, Emily, have two sons, Jackson and Will. He enjoys playing and watching basketball, reading, and drinking sweet tea.



  • (with Scott R. Swain), Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval in Theology and Biblical Interpretation (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, forthcoming 2015).
  • Justification and the Gospel: Understanding the Contexts and Controversies (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013).
  • Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics: An Introduction and Reader (London: T & T Clark, 2012).
  • (ed.), Theological Commentary: Evangelical Perspectives (London: T & T Clark, 2011).
  • Reformed Theology (Doing Theology; London: T & T Clark, 2010).
  • The Christ’s Faith: A Dogmatic Account (T & T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology 2; London: T & T Clark, 2009).

Select Articles:

  • "Confessions," in David Fergusson and Paul Nimmo (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Reformed Theology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2015).
  • “Sacraments in the Reformed and Anglican Reformation,” in Hans Boersma and Matthew Levering (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Sacramental Theology (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014).
  • (with Scott R. Swain), “The Obedience of the Eternal Son,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 15, no. 2 (2013): 114-134.
  • “The Perfect Priest: Calvin on the Christology of Hebrews,” in Jon Laansma and Daniel Treier (eds.), Christology, Hermeneutics, and Hebrews: Profiles from the History of Interpretation (Library of New Testament Studies 423; London: T & T Clark, 2012), 120-134.
  • “Exodus 3 after the Hellenization Thesis,” Journal of Theological Interpretation 3, no. 2 (2009): 179-196.

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