Memorials -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
Volume: JETS 39:1 (Mar 1996)
Article: Memorials
Author: Anonymous


Greg Lyle Bahnsen

Greg Lyle Bahnsen was born on September 17, 1948, in Auburn, Washington. He grew up in a Christian home and received Christ as his Savior and a call to prepare for the ministry at an early age. He received his B.A. degree from Westmont College in 1970. His M.Div. and Th.M. degrees were granted in 1973 from Westminster Theological Seminary. In 1979 he graduated from the University of Southern California with a Ph.D. degree in philosophy.

Bahnsen served as assistant professor of apologetics at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, from 1976 to 1979. He was a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church for twenty years, having been ordained in southern California in 1975. At the time of his death he pastored a local congregation of about sixty people in Huntington Beach, California.

He was resident scholar of the Southern California Center for Christian Studies located in Irvine, California. He traveled widely as an apologist for the Christian faith and publicly debated several well-known atheists. Bahnsen was the author of five books in the areas of theology and ethics, including Theonomy in Christian Ethics, By This Standard, No Other Standard, Homosexuality: A Biblical View and House Divided: The Break-up of Dispensational Theology. He had many articles published in such journals as the Evangelical Quarterly, The Westminster Theological Journal, The Presbyterian Guardian and The Journal of Christian Reconstruction. A posthumous work on his mentor, Cornelius Van Til, is awaiting publication.

Greg Bahnsen died in Santa Ana, California, of heart failure the afternoon of December 11, 1995, just six days after surgery on his dysfunctional aortic valve. Greg is survived by his parents Robert and Virginia, who live near Phoenix, Arizona; his former wife Cathie; four adult children, Jonathan, David, Michael and Wendie; and two grandchildren. Bahnsen had been a member of the Evangelical Theological Society since 1976.

Ralph Earle

Ralph Earle was born in Dighton, Massachusetts, on January 17, 1908. He received his A.B. degree from Eastern Nazarene College, his M.A. from Boston University, and his B.D. and Th.D. degrees from Gordon Divinity School. Earle pursued post-doctoral studies at Harvard University, the University of Edinburgh and Episcopal Theological School. From 1933 to 1945 he pastored churches in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and Everett, Massachusetts, while serving as professor of Biblical literature at his alma mater, Eastern Nazarene College in Wollaston, Massachusetts.

In 1945 he became professor of NT at the founding of Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City. He was elected distinguished p...

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