Reformed Theological Review
|Edited by||Allan Harman, Peter Jensen|
Reformed Theological Society (Australia)
The Reformed Theological Review is Australia's longest-running Protestant theological journal. It was founded in 1942, with Arthur Allen, a minister of the Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia, as its first editor. It stands in the Reformed tradition, and exists to give a scholarly exposition, defence and propagation of the Reformed faith. RTR is a peer reviewed journal, and is included in the Register of Refereed Journals of the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training.
History and people
The Reformed Theological Review commenced publication in 1942. The vision was for an Australian journal that would give a scholarly exposition, defence and propagation of the Reformed faith. Whilst being independently published by the Reformed Theological Society (the Calvinistic Society, formed by Arthur Allen, John Gillies and Maxwell Bradshaw in 1939), RTR has historically had close links to Reformed Anglicanism and Presbyterianism in Australia, and has been associated especially with Moore Theological College (Anglican) in Sydney and the Presbyterian Theological College in Melbourne.
The first editor was Arthur Allen, at that time minister of the Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia in Geelong. Consulting editors were John Gillies, recently retired from Ormond College, the ministry training college of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria, and Robert Swanton, then minister at Hawthorn Presbyterian Church, and later the first Principal of the reorganized Presbyterian Theological College.
The editorial of the first edition stated (November 1942): 'The immediate aim of “The Reformed Theological Review” is a scholarly exposition, defence and propagation of the Reformed Faith, regarded as the purest expression of Historic Christianity.'
Robert Swanton became co-editor in 1944, and continued as an editor (sometimes sole editor) until his retirement at the end of 1988. Over that time, there were various changes of co-editors alongside Swanton.
1948: Barton Babbage, Dean of Sydney, replaced Allen as an editor. Allen had moved to new labours in Sydney, and became an associate editor.
1963: Babbage became an associate editor, leaving Swanton as sole editor.
1970: Donald Robinson, later to be Archbishop of Sydney, became co-editor with Swanton.
1986: Robinson become an associate editor, and David Peterson, then a lecturer at Moore, became co-editor with Swanton.
Swanton retired in 1988, and the first issue of 1989 brought a new cover (the third cover design in the journal's history) and a new editor alongside Peterson, namely Allan Harman, Principal of the Presbyterian Theological College in Melbourne.
There have been various assistant, associate and consulting editors in the journal's history. The first 'assistant editor' was also the first non-minister on the editorial team, namely Brian Bayston, who served in that position from 1960-1988. Bayston continues to this day as secretary of the Reformed Theological Society.
Peterson was also an assistant editor, for just one year, in 1985. The other assistant editors: Tony Bird (1996-2007), Barry Webb (1996-2006), Brian Rosner (2007- ), Philip Kern (2007- ), Greg Goswell (2008- ), and Jared Hood (2009-2011).
The editors as at 2012 are Peter Jensen, Archbishop of Sydney, and Allan Harman. The managing editor is Jared C Hood; the assistant editors are G R Goswell, B S Rosner and P H Kern and the associate editors are S Barton Babbage, W J Dumbrell and D W B Robinson.