Bloesch Underappreciated in His Lifetime, Colleague Says

Gabriel Fackre places late United Church of Christ scholar high among the top evangelical theologians of the twentieth century.

As CT reported last week, prominent evangelical theologian Donald G. Bloesch died on Tuesday in Dubuque, Iowa, where he taught at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary for many years.

Gabriel Fackre, Abbot Professor of Christian Theology Emeritus at Andover Newton Theological School in Andover, Massachusetts, was a longtime friend and colleague of Bloesch.

"I'm deeply saddened," Fackre said. "he was a good friend…I guess it's been about 60 years."

Fackre considers Bloesch "the premier evangelical theologian of the twentieth century, second only to my dear friend Carl Henry."

Fackre cites Christian Foundations, Bloesch's seven-volume systematic theology, as "a unique achievement in American theology, and probably even, in our time, in any theology… No one else has done, as far as I know, a seven-volume series on the basic loci of systematics. So that fact alone marks Don as a major figure in Christian theology in our time."

But Fackre said that Bloesch did not get the recognition ...

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