Themelios 43.1

The Gospel Coalition just released the April 2018 issue of Themelios, which has 168 pages of editorials, articles, and book reviews. It is freely available in three formats: (1) PDF, (2) web version, and (3) Logos Bible Software.

Links to editorials, articles, and book reviews in Themelios 43.1 are included below.

  1. D. A. Carson, General EditorEditorial: The Postmodernism That Refuses to Die. People aren’t talking about postmodernism nearly as much as they were fifteen or twenty years ago, but that doesn’t mean the impact of postmodernism has entirely dissipated. Rather, people today presuppose many of postmodernism’s conclusions without understanding the theory or its critics. Don Carson offers four biblical responses to the epistemological postmodernism that will not die.
  2. Daniel Strange, Contributing EditorStrange Times: A Wiser Idiot. Dan Strange reflects on challenges related to multi-faith civic events and shares five personal “revelations” in the areas of preparation, methodology, pedagogy and reflection.
  3. Scott R. SwainB. B. Warfield and the Biblical Doctrine of the Trinity. Instead of interpreting the personal names of the Trinity in terms of relations of origin, Warfield argues that the personal names only signify likeness between the persons. Scott Swain locates Warfield’s revision within its immediate and broader historical contexts, critically engages Warfield’s proposed revision, and discusses the importance of a traditional interpretation of the personal names for Trinitarian theology.
  4. Fred G. ZaspelReversing the Gospel: Warfield on Race and Racism. The giant of Old Princeton, B. B. Warfield, outspokenly condemned the racism and rigid segregation of American society of his day. According to Fred Zaspel, Warfield’s views were remarkably ahead of his time with regard to an understanding of the evil of racism and even somewhat prophetic with regard to the further evil that would result from it. His convictions were explicitly grounded in an understanding and faithful application of the unity of the human race in Adam and the unity and equal standing of believers in Christ.
  5. Bruce Riley AshfordA Theological Sickness unto Death: Philip Rieff’s Prophetic Analysis of our Secular Age. Philip Rieff’s sociological analyses explore the implications of Western Civilization’s unprecedented attempt to maintain society and culture without reference to God. Bruce Ashford argues that a Christian framework of thought must be employed to evaluate Rieff’s work and leverage it for the Christian mission.
  6. Geoffrey Chang Spurgeon’s Use of Luther against the Oxford Movement. Nearly 350 years after Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the castle church door in Wittenburg, Charles Haddon Spurgeon confronted the growing influence of Roman Catholic teaching within the Church of England. Spurgeon considered this a betrayal of the gospel and took a Luther-like stand for the truth. Geoff Chang argues that Spurgeon drew from the Luther’s model of bold leadership and teaching on justification by faith in his battle against the Oxford Movement.
  7. Andrew G. Shead Burning Scripture with Passion: A Review of The Psalms (The Passion Translation). Brian Simmons’s new translation of the Psalms aims to ‘re-introduce the passion and fire of the Bible to the English reader.’ According to Andrew Sheard, Simmons achieves this by abandoning all interest in textual accuracy and playing fast and loose with the original languages. The result is a strongly sectarian translation that no longer counts as Scripture; by masquerading as a Bible it threatens to bind entire churches in thrall to a false god.
  8. Michael Strickland When (and How) English-speaking Evangelicals Embraced Q. This article considers the emergence of an evangelical endorsement of the Two-Source Hypothesis as a solution to the Synoptic Problem in the first half of the twentieth century. Michael Strickland details how scholars such as B. B. Warfield, Geerhardus Vos, and A. T. Robertson considered the Two-Source Hypothesis to be a scientific conclusion, and one that presented an early source for the life of Jesus with a high Christology.
  9. Book Reviews
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