Does conservative Christianity face up to contemporary intellectual issues?

In the following report, Dr. Arthur F. Holmes of Wheaton College presents evidence of Biblical philosophers meeting new theories head-on:

That evangelical scholars are increasingly alert to the intellectual issues of the day is plainly attested by the professional conferences in which they periodically convene. The Sixth Annual Philosophy Conference of Wheaton College, meeting November 6–7, attracted evangelical thinkers from some 20 secular and Christian institutions.

The conference theme—“Recent Process Philosophies”—was posed in the light of the centennials of Alexander, Bergson, and Dewey, as well as of Darwin’s Origin of Species. Much of the time was devoted to discussion of metaphysical problems arising from the dominance of the new process theories over the Greek and Cartesian concept of unchanging substances.

From the outset, general appreciation was expressed for some positive values found in process philosophy. Professor John W. Sanderson of Westminster Theological Seminary noted that it provided a welcome counteraction to the exclusive concern of some philosophers with linguistic and logical analysis. Both he and others were happy also for the renewed emphasis on the unitary character of man, as against the caricature of the soul as a prisoner in a cave or a ghost in a machine. Said Dr. Carl Bangs of Olivet Nazarene College, Kankakee, Illinois, “It is his [Whitehead’s] account of the unity of man which has attracted the attention of some recent theologians who find in his anthropology a suggestive framework for expressing a non-idealist, Biblical point of view.”

Some philosophers ascribed much more weight than others to specific contributions ...

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