Are we witnessing a paradigm shift? Can evangelicals and postliberals make common confession? Might they even combine forces to reinvigorate the church—its theology and its mission—for a new era? In this groundbreaking book, creative evangelical and postliberal thinkers explore exactly how they agree and disagree along a range of issues, from epistemology and theological method to doctrinal concerns.
“J. Gresham Machen brilliantly defined the benchmark: ‘No product of sinful humanity could have redeemed humanity from its dreadful guilt or lifted a sinful race from the slough of sin. But a Saviour has come from God. There is the reason why the supernatural is the very ground and substance of the Christian faith.” (Page 9)
“Popular indicators suggest that evangelicalism’s unique moral and theological inheritance has been traded for a bowlful of spiritual junk food that feeds the contemporary appetite.” (Page 8)
“In place of these modern theories of interpretation, postliberals propose a ‘classical’ hermeneutic in which the scriptural world structures the church’s cosmos and identity.” (Page 12)
“Fifty years later the question no longer concerns the trivialization of reason but the trivialization of revelation!” (Page 9)
“ doctrines are reliable, yet incomplete, descriptions of reality.” (Page 30)
Dennis L. Okholm (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) teaches in the department of theology and philosophy at Haggard School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University. Previously he was associate professor of theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and an oblate of a Benedictine monastery (Blue Cloud Abbey, SD).
Timothy R. Phillips (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) was associate professor of historical and systematic theology at Wheaton College, where he was instrumental in starting and organizing the annual Wheaton College Theology Conference.