Editor’s Introduction -- By: John Warwick Montgomery
Last November’s annual conference of the Evangelical Theological Society, held in Colorado Springs, featured papers and discussions on the so-called “Openness of God” theology, as espoused by Clark Pinnock and others. The forthcoming Toronto conference of the ETS promises to do the same (20-22 November 2002). In the present issue of the GLOBAL JOURNAL, considerable practical light will be shed on this critical issue by Joao Mordomo. His paper is titled, “Missiological Misgivings About ‘Openness of God’ Theology.”
The topic of human rights is central to political, legal, and ethical thinking today. Our International Academy, held each summer in Strasbourg, France (www.apologeticsacademy.eu), contains an important human rights component, and the Editor’s book, Human Rights and Human Dignity, is an evangelical manifesto on the subject. Thus it is entirely appropriate that we are publishing German theologian Thomas Schirrmacher’s article, “Human Rights and Christian Faith.” Professor Schirrmacher is one of Europe’s leading evangelical thinkers: founder and dean of the Martin Bucer Seminar (an independent Faculty of Theology), prolific author, and head of the publishing company which has just issued this Editor’s Christ Our Advocate and Tractatus Logico-Theologicus (available from www.ciltpp.com). He also serves as chairman of the Theological Division of Hope for Europe, an evangelical think-tank impacting the European countries both East and West. His wife, in her own right, is a distinguished analyst of the Muslim world; we trust that the GLOBAL JOURNAL will benefit from one of her contributions in the future.
Continuing the human rights theme, Dr Dan Lioy discusses a vital issue of Seelsorge: “Spiritual Care in a Medical Setting: Do We Really Need It?”
Having made some rather negative remarks about Calvinism in the Editor’s Introduction to the previous issue, we demonstrate our (relative) objectivity by including in this issue two essays on Calvin. Dr David Andersen treats Calvin’s use of the philosophical axiom, “The finite is not capable of the infinite,” and Dr Paul Tambrino asks, with tongue in cheek, “Was Sherlock Holmes a Calvinist?” (To be sure, readers of the GLOBAL JOURNAL with an interest in Holmes should prepare themselves for this treat by immediately obtaining a copy of the Editor’s recent book of thinly disguised literary apologetics, The Transcendent Holmes, published by Calabash Press, British Columbia, Canada [www.ash-tree.bc.ca/calabash.html]!)
6 August 2002: The July programme of our International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism and Human Rights has ended—not “with a whimper but a bang” (to rephrase T. S. ...
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