Richard Gaffin

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Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. is a Reformed, Calvinist theologian, Presbyterian minister, and was the Charles Krahe Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1999 to 2008. He became the Professor Emeritus, Biblical and Systematic Theology in 2008.


Gaffin was born to missionaries in China.[1] His father, Richard B. Gaffin, Sr. (1907-1996) was one of the founders of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Taiwan and was also the very first person who introduced confessional reformed faith to the people in Taiwan.

Gaffin, Jr. received a B.A. from Calvin College (1958), a B.D. (1961), Th.M. (1962), and Th.D. (1969) from Westminster Theological Seminary, and undertook graduate studies at University of Göttingen (1962-1963). He has taught at Westminster since 1965. He is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.[2]


Gaffin is the author of books including:

  • Resurrection and Redemption: A study in Paul's Soteriology, 2nd edition (P&R, 1987) (ISBN 978-0875522715),
  • Perspectives on Pentecost: New Testament Teaching on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit(P&R, 1993) (ISBN 978-0875522692),
  • God's Word in Servant-Form: Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck and the Doctrine of Scripture (Reformed Academic Press, 2008)(ISBN 978-0980037005),
  • No Adam, No Gospel: Adam and the History of Redemption, (P&R, 2015) (ISBN 978-1596389670),
  • Calvin and the Sabbath: The Controversy of Applying the Fourth Commandment, revised edition (Mentor, 2009) (ISBN 978-1857923766), and
  • By Faith, Not By Sight: Paul and the Order of Salvation, 2nd edition (P&R, 2013) (ISBN 978-1596384439).

He has contributed to or edited several volumes, including:

  • "Geerhardus Vos and the Interpretation of Paul,"in Jerusalem and Athens, edited by E. R. Geehan (P&R, 1980) (a Festschrift for Cornelius Van Til),
  • "Theonomy and Eschatology Some Reflections on Postmillennialism," in Theonomy: A Reformed Critique, edited by William S. Barker and W. Robert Godfrey (Zondervan, 1990),
  • "A Cessationist View," in Are Miraculous Gifts for Today? edited by Wayne Grudem (Zondervan, 1996),
  • "Union with Christ: Some Biblical and Theological Reflections," in Always Reforming: Explorations in Systematic Theology, edited by A. T. B. McGowan (IVP Academic, 2007),
  • "What “Symphony of Sighs”? Reflections on the Eschatological Future of the Creation," in Redeeming the Life of the Mind: Essays in Honor of Vern Poythress, edited by John M. Frame, Wayne Grudem, John J. Hughes (Crossway, 2017),
  • Herman Nicolaas Ridderbos, Redemptive History and the New Testament Scriptures, revised edition, edited by Richard B. Gaffin Jr. (P&R, 1988),
  • Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation: The Shorter Writings of Geerhardus Vos, edited by Richard B. Gaffin Jr. (P&R, 2001),
  • J.P. Versteeg, Adam in the New Testament: Mere Teaching Model or First Historical Man? edited by Richard B. Gaffin Jr. (P&R, 2012),
  • Thy Word Is Still Truth: Essential Writings on the Doctrine of Scripture from the Reformation to Today, edited by Richard B. Gaffin Jr., Peter A. Lillback (P&R, 2013), and
  • the English translation of Geerhardus Vos, Reformed Dogmatics, 5 vols., edited by Richard B. Gaffin Jr. (Lexham, 2014-2016).

He has also written many academic articles such as: