Alden completed his PhD at the University of St Andrews on the doctrine of the divine attributes in John Calvin’s scriptural commentaries and sermons, exploring the relations between metaphysical, biblical, and pastoral themes. His research focuses on classical theology, especially the doctrine of God, Christology, soteriology, and the study of theology. Alden is particularly interested in how the great pastors and theologians of the church related scriptural, theological, and philosophical ideas in elucidating these doctrines. He also researches the ways in which such doctrines have historically been believed to be ‘salutary’ – the sense in which theological truths are important for the formation of piety and for sustaining Christian moral action.
He says “I am looking forward to joining the wonderful community at Oak Hill and sharing my joy and gratitude for the great theology of the church. I am passionate about how such reflection on Scripture can invigorate and renew Christian life and ministry.”
Alden has been involved in teaching and preaching in a range of churches and other ministries in Scotland and England with a focus on theological education and discipleship. He has previously worked in undergraduate and postgraduate student ministries and has experience in leading small groups, in pastoral care, and in youth work.
His most recent publication is an article on impassibility in Calvin’s exegesis in the conference proceedings of the Twelfth International Congress on Calvin Research, published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht as Calvinus frater in Domino (2020). In 2019, together with Professor Ivor Davidson, he edited the posthumous republication of John Webster’s Burns Lectures, The Culture of Theology (Baker Academic). He has presented research at universities, seminaries, and conferences in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.
Alden is married to Louise. Together they spend their free time gardening and following Washington Nationals baseball.