Editorial -- By: Douglas Moo

Journal: Trinity Journal
Volume: TRINJ 17:2 (Fall 1996)
Article: Editorial
Author: Douglas Moo


Douglas Moo

As the faculty-sponsored journal of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Trinity Journal seeks to publish articles that cover the gamut of disciplines taught within the Divinity School. Few of our fascicles succeed in “covering the waterfront” as well as this one: with articles on missions, apologetics, history, OT, NT, and psychology. As always, we hope that these articles will assist the thoughtful Christian to better understand and apply the eternal revelation of God to the complexities of the modern world.

Or perhaps I should say “postmodern world.” As a spate of recent publications makes clear, evangelical Christians are awakening to the challenge and the potential of “postmodernism” (see, for instance, our own D. A. Carson’s The Gagging of God [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995]). Postmodernism recognizes—indeed, embraces—diversity and fragmentation. Truth sinks out of sight in a sea of relativism and pragmatism rules the day. We increasingly ask not whether something is true but whether it works—for us. We should not be surprised that such a climate would foster religious pluralism. Peter Beyerhaus, perhaps the world’s foremost evangelical missions theologian, tackled this issue in a paper read to the Divinity School in June, 1996. We are pleased to reproduce his reasoned defense of the absolute truth of Christianity for our readers.

The pluralism represented by the world’s religions is, as we all know, more than matched by the pluralism within the broadly Christian tradition itself. Alan Gomes of Talbot School of Theology draws our attention to a serious aberration of the Christian faith that is increasing its evangelistic aggressiveness—the Unitarian Universalists. Our third article looks at a very well-known and controversial phenomenon—the Toronto “blessing”—from a new

angle: history. By comparing the physical manifestations of the Toronto movement with those that surfaced in the midst of the Edwards’s revival, John Hannah sheds light both on the nature of revival and on the dangers of historical comparisons.

Two articles on more distinctly biblical matters occupy the center of this fascicle. John Oswalt, who formerly taught at Trinity and who has written a massive commentary on Isaiah, helps us appreciate the message of that great prophetic book by treating the relationship between two of its key themes. And Don Howell, who teaches at Columbia Biblical Seminary, reminds us of the centrality of the Spirit for Paul’s missionary activity. He thereby challenges each of us to put more confidence than we sometimes do in the sufficiency of God’s Spirit for all that God calls on us...

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