The Future Of Theology And The Theology Of The Future -- By: Vernon C. Grounds

Journal: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
Volume: JETS 13:3 (Summer 1970)
Article: The Future Of Theology And The Theology Of The Future
Author: Vernon C. Grounds


The Future Of Theology
And The Theology Of The Future

Vernon C. Grounds, Ph.D.*

“Of making many books,” Ecclesiastes complains, “there is no end.” And he voiced that complaint long centuries before Johannes Gutenberg invented movable type. In the day of the paperback revolution so many books are flooding the market that Ecclesiastes’ complaint dies unspoken. One is left speechless as he watches this rising deluge. So who remembers a rather specialized religious-Christian-Protestant-evangelical-premillennial study published in 1898? Though Samuel J. Andrews was a respected scholar, he was not well-known outside a limited circle; and his somewhat wooden Christianity and Anti-Christianity in Their Final Conflict failed dismally to achieve best-seller status. Still it was meaty enough to merit republication years later. Dr. James Gray, then president of the Moody Bible Institute, could not have praised it more highly than he did in his prefatory remarks to the 1937 revised popular edition:

After the Bible, a concordance, a Bible dictionary and, perhaps, an all-round work like Angus’ “Bible Hand-Book,” the next book I would recommend as indispensable for the library of the pastor, missionary or Christian worker of today is, “Christianity and Anti-Christianity in Their Final Conflict,” by Rev. Samuel J. Andrews. … Pastors, missionaries, Sunday school teachers and social workers, bear with me if I say, you must read this book. By Divine grace, I have a large acquaintance among you, wherever the Gospel is preached, and I appeal to you, by whatever spiritual tie unites us, to become acquainted with what this prophet of the twentieth century has to teach. Here are no wild fancies, no foolish setting of times and seasons, no crude and sensational interpretations of prophecy, but a calm setting forth of what the Bible says on the most important subject for these times. 1

Why did Dr. Gray speak in such apparently fulsome praise of this book which passed relatively unnoticed when it appeared, a mere drop in the modern deluge of print? In his opinion, it presented “soberly and scientifically” an interpretation of “the tendencies which are preparing the way for the final climax of the age…modern philosophy, Biblical criticism, science, literature and Christian socialism, leading up to the deification of humanity.”2 In other words, from the perspective of re-

*Professor of Pastoral Care and Christian Ethics, Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary, Denver. Colo.

vealed truth, Andrews was analyzing the future of the ...

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