Editorial -- By: Douglas Moo
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We are pleased to offer as our lead article an important contribution to the current hermeneutical debate by one who has been at the center of that debate among evangelicals: Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Kaiser critically probes one of the foundations of Protestant hermeneutics: the “analogy of faith.” Simply stated, this principle holds that biblical texts must be understood in accordance with the “faith” of the church. As Kaiser points out, however, this principle is easily misused and can become an excuse for reading our own version of “the faith” into text after text. Motivated by his customary passion to let the text speak, Kaiser exposes these abuses and then suggests a legitimate application of the principle.
Our second piece is a fascinating introduction to a little-known seventeenth and eighteenth century Italian biblical critic, Giovanni Bernardo De Rossi. Greg Allison, a systematic theology major in Trinity’s Ph.D. program, not only surveys this polymath’s life and works, but also shows how one of the outstanding scholars of that generation resisted the growing tide of destructive biblical criticism.
Our own generation faces a different apologetic problem of its own: the spread to the western world of worldviews that are quite at variance with historic Christianity. J. Harold Netland, who serves as a missionary in Japan, calls us to confront this problem with an offensive strategy, in which we critique and seek to overturn, through reasoned apologetics, these alternative worldviews. His essay is an important contribution to the continuing discussion about “presuppositional” apologetics.
Our fourth author, David Washburn, rightly laments the lack of good preaching on OT narrative passages. He provides help for
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the preacher by giving us a careful structural analysis of the OT narratives about one of Israel’s most famous kings: Josiah. Our last contribution provides further evidence of the way in which Trinity’s relatively new Ph.D. program has enriched the school. Andreas Köstenberger is a NT major in the program, and his exegetical study of Eph 5:32 sheds light on a notoriously difficult text.
Our next fascicle will feature, among other articles, an important philosophical critique of Mormonism. We are also hoping to add a new feature: a section in which the Trinity faculty briefly note the most important new books in the fields covered by the seminary curriculum. This feature, which we had initially hoped to begin in this fascicle, should help us all keep up on what is going on in these fields of st...
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