Periodical Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 125:499 (Jul 1968)
Article: Periodical Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Periodical Reviews

“Where Is Modern Theology Going?” Carl F. H. Henry, Christianity Today, March 1, 1968, pp. 3-7.

Modern theology is pictured as a whirling dervish that is persistently accelerating its wild gyrations until it is about to collapse from sheer exhaustion. This state of affairs offers evangelical Christianity its golden opportunity to move into the theological vacuum and to capture the minds of men. Henry says, “The really live option…is evangelical rational theism, a theology centered in the incarnation and inscripturation of the Word” (p. 7).

The opening sections of the article trace historically the tightening spiral of destruction from classic modernism through neo-orthodoxy and existentialism to the coup de grace of the death-of-God theology. “But that is not yet the terminal stage of a sick theology,” Henry insists. “Contemporary theology cannot stop with God-is-dead bulletins, for that headline has already exhausted all possible reader interest. What more can one say about God, once he has said that God is dead? People don’t care to linger long around a corpse” (pp. 6-7).

Although the passing fads in theology today differ from one another, they share a common rejection of Biblical theology. The theological consequences of this are serious, according to Henry. He identifies four areas of strategic loss: “a. The loss of God as other…hence the forfeiture of an independent Creator of the universe who is antecedent to it and sovereign over it. b. The loss of God’s special once-for-all manifestation in revelation and incarnation…. c. The loss of an absolute distinction between good and evil…. d. The loss of a final judgment and separation of the righteous from the wicked” (p. 5).

In some respects modern theology today faces the blank wall of despair. Perhaps it will give attention to evangelical Christianity, which emphasizes “the universal as well as once-for-all dimension of divine disclosure, authentic ontological knowledge of God, the intelligible and verbal character of God’s revelation, the universal validity of religious truth” (p. 7). Whether it will or not, Henry declares that “the problem of God now stands before us as the critical problem of the next decade, and it is the fundamental issue for all mankind” (p. 7).

“The Uses Of Violence,” Robert E. Fitch, The Christian Century, April 17, 1968, pp. 482-85.

Without doubt ours is a violent society today. The use of violence as an instrument to attain almost any ends is so prevalent that now

“a conservative is anyone who will not resort t...

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