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Themelios is an international evangelical theological journal that expounds and defends the historic Christian faith. Its primary audience is theological students and pastors, though scholars read it as well. It was formerly a print journal operated by RTSF/UCCF in the United Kingdom, and it became a digital journal operated by The Gospel Coalition in 2008. The new editorial team, led by D.A. Carson, seeks to preserve representation, in both essayists and reviewers, from both sides of the Atlantic. Each issue contains articles on important theological themes, as well as book reviews and discussion from the most important evangelical voices of our time.

With Logos, you have instant access to decades’ worth of content in Themelios. You can search by author, topic, and Scripture passage—and find it all instantly. What’s more, Scripture references link to both original language texts and English Bible translations, and links within each volume of Themelios allow you to quickly move from the table of contents to the articles to the index and back again. Save yourself from turning pages, cross-referencing citations, and unnecessarily complex research projects. The Logos edition of Themelios allows you to cut and paste the content you need for citations and automatically creates footnotes in your document using your preferred style guide. With Themelios, combined with the power of your digital library, you have the most important tools you need for your research projects, sermon preparation, and theological study!

Resource Experts
  • Offers an editorial by D.A. Carson
  • Discusses books written by an assortment of authors and theologians
  • Provides articles by contributors from numerous denominations and professions
  • “Editorial: Why the Local Church Is More Important Than TGC, White Horse Inn, 9Marks, and Maybe Even ETS” by D.A. Carson
  • “Off the Record: Courtier Politicians and Courtier Preachers” by Michael J. Ovey
  • “Editor’s Note: Abraham, Our Father” by Brian J. Tabb
  • “‘Fathers of Faith, My Fathers Now!’: On Abraham, Covenant, and the Theology of Paedobaptism” by David Gibson
  • “The Abrahamic Covenant in Reformed Baptist Perspective” by Martin Salter
  • “Romans 4 and the Justification of Abraham in Light of Perspectives New and Newer” by David Shaw
  • “Evangelical History after George Marsden: A Review Essay” by Nathan A. Finn
  • “Pastoral Pensées: Irrational Violence? Reconsidering the Logic of Obedience in Genesis 22” by Matthew Rowley

Top Highlights

“In the New Testament, then, it cannot be a coincidence that the threefold categories for circumcision in Gen 17 (Abraham, his seed, foreigners in his house) is matched by the threefold categories for baptism in Acts 2:39: ‘The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call’ (you, your children, the far off). This is because the genealogical principle is redemptive and it is creational. It is how God made the world to work.” (Page 27)

“The credobaptist critique of the genealogical principle works by focusing on Christ as the fulfillment of the covenant of grace, but it is undermined by not reflecting at all, as far as I can see, on the fact that Christ is its foundation before he fulfills or bestows it.” (Page 19)

“Our father Abraham circumcised, and Christian fathers baptize, because in biblical anthropology, cognition does not have to be the first step towards belonging. Personal understanding is, of course, a necessary step towards embracing the reality of the covenant, but within families it does not come first. For not only is the genealogical principle not invalidated in the new covenant because that covenant is in fact founded on Christ, not just fulfilled by him; so too it is not invalidated in the new covenant because the genealogical principle is Adamic, not just Abrahamic. Maybe better: it is creational, not just redemptive. The genealogical principle is simply how God has made the world to work.” (Page 23)

“Such a vision of life prompts this question: if the bond between God and the world is broken in credobaptist soteriology, does credobaptism risk being sacramentally docetic? For, necessarily, credobaptism downplays the creaturely situated-ness of the subject of baptism, abstracting him or her out of the living organism of generational lines and familial bonds and instead views the baptized as an autonomous agent who engages in an individualized, spiritual, soteriological transaction between themselves and God only.” (Pages 28–29)

  • Title: Themelios: Volume 40, No. 1, April 2015
  • Author: The Gospel Coalition
  • Edition: 1
  • Series: Themelios
  • Volume: 40
  • Publisher: Gospel Coalition
  • Print Publication Date: 2015
  • Logos Release Date: 2015
  • Pages: 194
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Religious studies › Periodicals
  • Resource ID: LLS:THEMELIOS40_1
  • Resource Type: Journal
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-10-08T05:44:21Z

Brian J. Tabb (PhD, London Theological Seminary) is academic dean at Bethlehem College & Seminary and an elder of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He also serves as managing editor for Themelios, published by the Gospel Coalition, and is the author of Suffering in Ancient Worldview.

D.A. Carson is a research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has been at Trinity since 1978. Carson came to Trinity from the faculty of Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he also served for two years as academic dean. He has served as an assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Canada and the United Kingdom. Carson received a bachelor of science in chemistry from McGill University, the master of divinity from Central Baptist Seminary in Toronto, and the doctor of philosophy in New Testament from the University of Cambridge. Carson is an active guest lecturer in academic and church settings around the world. He holds membership on the Council for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. Carson has also written many books that have garnered international acclaim, including his award-winning title The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism.

Daniel Strange is academic vice president and lecturer in culture, religion, and public theology at Oak Hill College, London. He is the author or coauthor of several other books, including The Possibility of Salvation Among the Unevangelised: An Analysis of Inclusivism in Recent Evangelical Theology.


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