Editorial -- By: Douglas Moo
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Can one find “meaning” in life apart from a relationship with the God who gave life? Most Christians answer no. But many nonChristian philosophers claim that meaning can be found apart from theism; and a popular way of doing so is called -the “immanent purpose” view. It is critically examined in our lead article by Liberty University’s, J. P. Moreland.
The four articles that round out this fascicle are on biblical topics - and all suggest fresh approaches to the topics they treat. It is customary to view God’s concession to the peoples’ wrongheaded desire to be like other nations. But David Howard, of Bethel College, argues that this way of looking at the matter is incompatible with the positive view of Israelite Kingship in many parts of the OT. The second OT article tackles one of the most controversial books in the OT as R. J. Lubeck, a recent Trinity graduate, presents a solid argument for a somewhat unusual view of Jonah’s prophecy to Nineveh.
The resurgence of interest in the economic teachings of Scripture has sparked much study of Luke’s Gospel. And most of these studies conclude that Luke is quite radical in his demands on Christians. Warren Heard, who wears two hats as both adjunct professor at Trinity and as associate pastor, argues that this view of Luke is at least a bit one-sided.
Our final article examines an important and controversial issue in biblical theology: the degree to which, and nature in which, the ministry of God’s Spirit changes from OT to NT. Missionaryteacher Gary Fredricks, interacting critically with his own heritage, sees more similarity between the work of the Spirit in the OT and in the NT than is usual.
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