Editorial -- By: Douglas Moo

Journal: Trinity Journal
Volume: TRINJ 19:1 (Spring 1998)
Article: Editorial
Author: Douglas Moo


Douglas Moo

In pursuit of our mission to bring the best of Christian thinking to bear on both academic matters and contemporary issues, the board of Trinity Journal has chosen to solicit a series of articles on environmentalism. The first two articles in the series appeared in the Fall 1997 fascicle, with Fred Van Dyke and E. Calvin Beisner providing differing evaluations of the current situation and the steps needed to address it. Our lead article in this fascicle continues the discussion. It is the product of a collaboration among three evangelical thinkers: Raymond E. Grizzle and Paul E. Rothrock from Taylor University and Christopher B. Barrett from Utah State University. Noting that “environmentalism” is a movement made up of very diverse people and approaches, they call for Christians to bring their own unique perspectives to the movement. We plan to conclude this series of articles on the environment with an essay in the Fall 1998 fascicle by Michael Bullmore, of Trinity’s faculty, on the biblical and theological rationale for environmentalism.

David’s plea “Take not thy Holy Spirit from me” is familiar to most Christians from both Scripture (Ps 51:11) and liturgy. But W. Creighton Marlowe, who teaches OT at Tyndale Theological Seminary in the Netherlands, argues that this familiar translation misses the point of David’s concern. More important, the traditional interpretation provides ammunition to a certain view of the Holy Spirit in the OT that may not be justified. His article, exploring important exegetical and theological ground, also carries significant practical implications.

In its prior incarnation, Trinity Journal was edited by and largely written by students. The present Journal, founded in 1980, has always sought to encourage student participation. We are therefore pleased to publish an essay by Trinity student Joi Christians, who

evaluates the conflict between theology and humanism in the enigmatic figure of Erasmus of Rotterdam.

Our final two articles continue to explore a theme broached by Ronald Frost in the Fall 1997 fascicle: the significance of Aristotle for Luther and for the Reformation. Historians vigorously debate the degree of continuity between medieval theology (with its strong influence from Aristotle) and reformation and post-Reformation theology. Richard Muller, a key figure in this debate, responds to Frost’s initial essay on Luther and the will. We have invited Frost to offer a brief rejoinder, which concludes the fascicle.

Spring, which brings an end to Trinity’s academic year, is always a time of transition...

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