Introduction to the Current Issue -- By: Anonymous
Introduction to the Current Issue
The 1978 issue of the Ashland Theological Bulletin gives attention to areas of theology with statements by members of the faculty of the seminary. In both articles the writers are dealing with ancient problems with which men have wrestled across the years in the quest for meaningful existence.
The first of the two articles deals with presuppositional principles underlying one’s theological commitments and basic to the development of an apologetic. Specifically, Mr. Chismar deals with the relation of faith to reason with particular reference to the scriptures.
The second article examines divine sovereignty and human nature at the point where soteriology and anthropology interact. After presenting some historical considerations the writer seeks to work with Biblical materials in seeking directions through these difficult questions.
Contributors to this Issue
Owen H. Alderfer is Professor of Church History at Ashland Theological Seminary. He studied at Asbury Theological Seminary (B.D.) and Claremont Graduate School (Ph. D.) and was a Research Fellow at the Divinity School of Yale University. His area of specialization is Religion in America. Interests in Puritanism and the thought of John Wesley provide background for the present article.
Douglas E. Chismar is currently a student in the doctoral program in philosophy at Ohio State University. As a student at American University in Washington, D.C. (B.A., 1973) he was deeply involved in the counterculture and radical political movements. In this context he was confronted by the Gospel and came to personal Christian faith. While Mr. Chismar was a student at Ashland Theological Seminary (M. Div., 1976) he did special work in apologetics with Dr. R. C. Sproul of Ligonier Valley Study Center and further work under the personal tutorship of Cornelius Van Til.
Douglas Chismar has taught at Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania and is presently an adjunct faculty member at Ashland Theological Seminary in areas of philosophy of Christianity. He serves a leadership role as member of the staff of Grace Haven Farm, a Christian study center in Mansfield, Ohio.
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