Editor’s Introduction -- By: Anonymous
The faculty of the Trinity College and Theological Seminary are pleased to offer to an electronic age the first number of the Global Journal of Classical Theology.
Such an offering immediately poses two interrelated questions: first, why the Journal? second, what will it endeavour to accomplish?
The Preacher reminds us (Eccl. 12:12) that “of making many books there is no end.” The same is surely true of theological journals. So why this one? The answer is simply the dearth of any existing equivalent for the electronic age. As I have argued elsewhere (“Mass Communication and Scriptural Proclamation,” in my Faith Founded on Fact, and in my trilingual Computers, Cultural Change and the Christ), the Lord in His wisdom has consistently employed advances in communication to further His purposes: the Roman road system for the rapid spread of the Apostolic message, the printing press for the success of the Protestant Reformation, and now the computer and the world wide web for the fulfilment of Christ’s promise that “this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Mt. 24:14). Serious theology must rise to this challenge today. There is no longer a place for theological Luddites. Conservative theology must be united with the best that technological advance has to offer.
But what specifically will the GJCT achieve? The Journal stands for the Faith once delivered to the saints: classical theology, as its name indicates—the theology of the Ecumenical Creeds, Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian—as restored through the Reformation of the 16th century and as proclaimed in the evangelical revivals of the 18th. It refuses, as does Trinity College and Theological Seminary, to be drawn into denominational battles, much less into sectarianism or into the morass of conflicting apocalypticisms. With C. S. Lewis, it focuses on “mere Christianity.”
And the Journal exists to proclaim that faith on the most serious intellectual plane. Its sponsoring institution is the only American seminary to have attained accreditation by a British university, and the Journal operates on that level of scholarship and with that international perspective. It rigorously opposes the denigration of the “head” by the “heart” which characterises so much of contemporary evangelicalism.
The GJCT does not limit itself to theology for theologians or to the obscurantist content of much of the technical literature (“The Use of the Hebrew Preposition in Amos Chapter 7,” etc.). This Journal seeks in a Renaissance manner to re...
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