The Goldilocks Zone Published By SPCK

The Goldilocks Zone

Collected Writings of Michael J. Ovey

by Michael J. Ovey and Chris Green

The Goldilocks Zone
  • Length: 288 pages
  • Published: February 13, 2018
  •  Discontinued
  • ISBN: 978-1-7835-9609-6
  • Item Code: P59609
  • Case Quantity: 10

The untimely passing of Mike Ovey, the former principal of Oak Hill College, in January 2017 was met with a wave of appreciation for his theological contribution to evangelicalism in the UK and across the world. It was said that his students were his writing—indeed he wrote few books. So here, for the first time together, are a collection of articles that Mike wrote for theological journals and conferences. They show the breadth and depth of his intellect and originality.


Foreword—Mark Thompson
Introduction—Chris Green
Themelios Articles

1. The Goldilocks Zone
2. Projection Atheism: Why Reductionist Accounts of Humanity Can Lead to Reductionist Accounts of God
3. Can Antigone Work in a Secularist Society?
4. The Echo Chamber of Idolatry
5. The Art of Imperious Ignorance
6. Courtier Politicians and Courtier Preachers
7. Colonial Atheism: A Very British Vice
8. Is It a Mistake to Stay at the Crossroads?
9. Choose Your Fears Carefully
10. The Covert Thrill of Violence? Reading the Bible in Disbelief
11. Is the Wrath of God Extremist?
12. Off the Record: Sorrow at Another’s Good?
13. Liberty, What Crimes Are Committed in Thy Name?
14. From Moral Majority to Evil Disbelievers: Coming Clean about Christian Atheism
15. The Right to Ridicule?

Cambridge Papers
Appropriating Aulen? Employing Christus Victor Models of the Atonement
Can We Speak of 'the' Gospel in a Postmodern World? (from God's Power to Save
GAFCON talks: Jerusalem 2008 (2), Nairobi 2013
Thanksgiving service sermon—Peter Jensen
Afterword—Dan Strange


Michael J. Ovey (1958–2017) served as the greatly loved and widely respected principal of Oak Hill College, London, from 2007 until his death. Before joining Oak Hill, Ovey was a civil service lawyer drafting government legislation. He trained at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and worked as a curate for four years at All Saints, Crowborough, before teaching for three years at Moore Theological College, Sydney. He joined Oak Hill in 1998 and completed a PhD in the field of Trinitarian theology. He is the author of Your Will Be Done and coauthor of Pierced for Our Transgressions.

BY Michael J. Ovey

Chris Green, BD, is vicar at St. James in North London and formerly vice principal at Oak Hill College, London. He is coauthor of The Message of 2 Peter and Jude and coedited a book on preaching entitled When God's Voice Is Heard.

BY Chris Green