Basic Theology

Theological thinking is showing amazing vitality considering the obituaries that were being written a few years ago.

Carl Henry continues his massive project with volumes 3 and 4 of basic theology: God, Revelation and Authority (Word). They will no doubt be the standard for some time to come in evangelical circles. Elder R. V. Sarrels has published a full-blown Systematic Theology (Harmony Hill, Box 377, Azle, Texas). It is high Calvinism with a twist: apparently all who do not commit the unpardonable sin are elect, and the Atonement is “limited” to them. Awakening to God (InterVarsity), volume 3 of “The Foundations of the Christian Faith” by J. M. Boice, is more traditional Calvinism, but in pastoral, readable form. The basic topics of theology are dealt with simply by James Draper in Foundations of Biblical Faith (Broadman). What We Evangelicals Believe (Fuller Seminary) is David Hubbard’s exposition of Christian doctrine based on Fuller Theological Seminary’s statement of faith. Its sincerity and basic orthodoxy no one would deny, although some might take exception to his statement, “The infallible character of Scriptures means that they will get their message across”, his italics, (p. 55–60). Basic theology, in abbreviated form will be found in Help in Understanding Theology (Judson) by N. R. DePuy and in extended form in Understanding the Faith of the Church (Seabury) by Richard Norris. The latter has especially good material on the history of doctrine. Millard Erickson offers an excellent collection of basic material in The New Life: Readings in Christian Theology (Baker). It is mostly from contemporary evangelical thinkers.

Thomas C. Oden would point us to a “post-modern Christian orthodoxy” in Agenda ...

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