D. A. Carson

D. A. Carson
Born Donald Arthur Carson
(1946-12-21) December 21, 1946
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Occupation Research professor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Religion Christianity (Reformed - New Calvinism)
Spouse(s) Joy Wheildon
Website blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/loveofgod/
Academic background
Education B.S. (1967), M.Div., Ph.D. (1975)
Alma mater McGill University
Central Baptist Seminary
University of Cambridge

Donald Arthur Carson (born December 21, 1946) is a Canadian-born, Reformed Evangelical theologian and professor of the New Testament.

Background and education

Carson was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to Thomas Donald McMillan Carson and Elizabeth Margaret (née Maybury), but grew up in Drummondville. He earned his B.S. (1967) in chemistry and mathematics from McGill University, his M.Div. from Heritage Baptist College and Heritage Theological Seminary (prev. Central Baptist Seminary), and his Ph.D. (1975) in the New Testament from the University of Cambridge. Carson married Joy (née Wheildon) on August 16, 1975.[1]


Carson served as pastor of Richmond Baptist Church in Richmond, British Columbia from 1970 to 1972. Following his doctoral studies, he served for three years at Northwest Baptist Theological College (Vancouver) and in 1976 was the founding dean of the seminary.[1] In 1978, Carson joined the faculty of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he is currently serving as research professor.

Carson is a founding council member of The Gospel Coalition.[2]

In 2011, a Festschrift was published in his honor, called Understanding the Times: New Testament Studies in the 21st Century: Essays in Honor of D. A. Carson on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday. Contributors included Andreas J. Köstenberger, Grant Osborne, Mark Dever, Douglas Moo, Peter O'Brien, and Craig Blomberg.

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Carson has written or edited 57 books, many of which have been translated into Chinese.[3] These include major commentaries on Matthew in the Expositor's Bible Commentary (ISBN 0310499615) and John (ISBN 085111749X), commentaries on parts of the Bible, such as 1 Corinthians 12-14 (ISBN 0801025214) and the Sermon on the Mount (ISBN 0801024803). He has also written books on prayer, suffering, and free will and predestination from a generally compatibilist and Calvinist perspective.

His 1996 book The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism (ISBN 031024286X) won the 1997 ECPA Christian Book Award for the "theology and doctrine" category.[4]

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