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Donald Arthur Carson (born December 21, 1946) is an American Reformed Evangelical theologian and professor of the New Testament. He founded the Gospel Coalition.

D. A. Carson
Donald Arthur Carson

(1946-12-21) December 21, 1946 (age 72)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
OccupationResearch professor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Spouse(s)Joy Wheildon
Academic background
EducationB.S. (1967), M.Div., Ph.D. (1975)
Alma materMcGill University
Central Baptist Seminary
Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Background and educationEdit

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 Emmanuel College, 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 0-31049961-5) and John (ISBN 0-85111749-X), commentaries on parts of the Bible, such as 1 Corinthians 12-14 (ISBN 0-80102521-4) and the Sermon on the Mount (ISBN 0-80102480-3). 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 0-31024286-X) won the 1997 ECPA Christian Book Award for the "theology and doctrine" category.[4]

In 2015 Zondervan updated its popular NIV study Bible with the NIV Zondervan study Bible : New International Version in which the subject was the general editor.[5]

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  • ——— (June 1993). "Evil and Suffering in the World of a Good and Sovereign God". Reaper: 6–9, 36.
  • ——— (April 25, 1994). "Five Gospels, No Christ: In their attempt to rescue the Bible from conservatives, scholars in the Jesus Seminar became liberal fundamentalists". Christianity Today. 38 (5): 30–33.
  • ——— (August 1995). "Jesus the Temple of God". The Evangelical Magazine of Wales: 8–9.
  • ——— (November 15, 1999). "Are Christians Required to Tithe?". Christianity Today. 43 (13): 94.
  • ——— (1999). "On Distorting the Love of God". Bibliotheca Sacra. 156: 3–12.


  1. ^ a b Köstenberger, Andreas J. "Detailed biography on D.A. Carson" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-08-24. Retrieved 2009-11-11.
  2. ^ Retrieved 2012-03-16.
  3. ^ "A Kernel of Wheat Christian Ministries". Retrieved 2009-11-11.
  4. ^ "1997 Gold Medallion Book Awards Winners". ECPA. Retrieved 2009-11-11.
  5. ^ Mellinger, Mark. (2015). "Author Interview". Bible Gateway website Retrieved 23 March 2019.

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