Daniel Fuller

Daniel Payton Fuller (born August 28, 1925) is an American theologian and Professor Emeritus of hermeneutics. Fuller is the son of radio evangelist Charles E. Fuller, co-founder of the Fuller Theological Seminary.

Life and careerEdit

Fuller was born in August 1925 in Los Angeles, California, the only child of Charles E. Fuller and Grace Payton Fuller.[1] After graduation from South Pasadena High School in 1943, Fuller enlisted in the United States Navy and became a commissioned officer. He was discharged in 1946. He was ordained at Immanuel Baptist Church in Pasadena, California. He served as Assistant Pastor at Park Street Church, Boston, Massachusetts, from 1949 to 1950.

He currently holds the title of Professor Emeritus of hermeneutics at Fuller Theological Seminary,[2] where he taught from 1953 to 1993 and served as Dean of the School of Theology from 1963 to 1973.[3] Additionally he served as President of the Gospel Broadcasting Association and the Fuller Evangelistic Association.

Fuller is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Fuller Theological Seminary. He holds the Doctor of Theology degrees from Northern Baptist Seminary and from the University of Basel in Switzerland.[4] He is married with four children.

In 2005, Fuller was honored at an awards convocation for 50 years of service to the seminary.[5]

His papers from 1928 to 2000 are held in the archives and special collections of the Fuller Theological Seminary.[6]

Theology and influenceEdit

Fuller wrote Gospel and Law: Contrast or Continuum? in 1980. Paul Rainbow argues that he "sent shock waves throughout the bastions of Reformed theology by asserting that there is 'an inseparable connection between faith and resulting works' such that 'the Bible sometimes speaks of faith and sometimes of works when it speaks of the condition to be met' for salvation."[7] Fuller argued for a radical continuity between Old Covenant and New Covenant economies, and rejected the antithesis between law and gospel. His view was critiqued by Meredith Kline,[8] O. Palmer Robertson,[9] and Robert Godfrey.[10]

Fuller has had a significant influence on John Piper, who studied under him at Fuller Semonary. In his foreword to Fuller's 1992 book The Unity of the Bible: Unfolding God's Plan for Humanity, Piper wrote, "No book besides the Bible has had a greater influence on my life than Daniel Fuller's The Unity of the Bible."[11]

Selected writingsEdit

  • The Unity of the Bible: Unfolding Gods Plan for Humanity, Zondervan (May 1992) ISBN 0-310-53300-7
  • Gospel and Law: Contrast or continuum?: The Hermeneutics of Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology, Eerdmans (1980) ISBN 0-8028-1808-0
  • "1972 Give the Winds a Mighty Voice : The Story of Charles E. Fuller", Waco, Word Books. ISBN 978-1498207157


  1. ^ John Piper: The Making of a Christian Hedonist, pg. 108
  2. ^ Lundin, Roger; Thiselton, Anthony C.; Walhout, Clarence (July 1999). The promise of hermeneutics. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. pp. 36–. ISBN 978-0-8028-4635-8. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  3. ^ Fuller Theological Seminary School of Theology Deans’ Files
  4. ^ "Faculty Emeriti". Fuller Theological Seminary. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Year in Review". Fuller Theological Seminary. 2005. Archived from the original on January 29, 2008.
  6. ^ "COLLECTION 0019: Papers of Daniel Payton Fuller, 1928-2000". Fuller Theological Seminary. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  7. ^ Rainbow, Paul A. (2012). The Way of Salvation: The Role of Christian Obedience in Justification. Wipf and Stock. p. 20. ISBN 9781620326435. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  8. ^ Jeon, Jeong Koo (2004). Covenant Theology: John Murray's and Meredith G. Kline's Response to the Historical Development of Federal Theology in Reformed Thought. University Press of America. p. 252. ISBN 9780761830627. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  9. ^ Robertson, O. Palmer (1982). "Daniel P. Fuller's Gospel & Law: Contrast or Continuum?: A Review Article" (PDF). Presbyterion. 8. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  10. ^ Godfrey, W. Robert (1983). "Back to Basics: A Response to the Robertson-Fuller Dialogue" (PDF). Presbyterion. 9. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  11. ^ Piper, John (2010). "Foreword". The Unity of the Bible: Unfolding God's Plan for Humanity. Zondervan. p. viii. ISBN 9780310874126. Retrieved 26 June 2021.