Themelios 44.3

The new December 2019 issue of Themelios has 217 pages of editorials, articles, and book reviews. It is freely available in three formats: (1) PDF, (2) web version, and (3) Logos Bible Software.

  1. D. A. Carson | Editorial: But That’s Just Your Interpretation! Carson considers the common refrain, “But that’s just your interpretation!” He cautions that in today’s climate, such appeals do not seek to offer a superior or better-warranted interpretation, but to relativize all interpretations. Carson reasons that pleas for imperious ignorance must not be allowed to stand because they are in the end incoherent and idolatrous, and he calls readers to humility and godly fear whenever we engage the sacred text.
  2. Daniel Strange | Strange Times: Remembering a Principal’s PrinciplesStrange reflects on late Themelios editor Mike Ovey’s principles for Christian educators to rigorous academic scholarship while maintaining faithfulness to our confessional commitments and fulfilling the servant-hearted nature of our calling.
  3. Robert S. Smith | Cultural Marxism: Imaginary Conspiracy or Revolutionary Reality? What are we to make of Cultural Marxism? Smith answers this question by outlining the key elements and legacy of classical Marxism, by exploring the neo-Marxism of Antonio Gramsci, and by assessing the main ideas and impact of “the Frankfurt School.” He then reflects on (1) the links between these thinkers and various contemporary developments, (2) the wisdom of employing the term Cultural Marxism, and (3) how Christians should respond to the current “culture wars” that are polarizing the Western world.
  4. Hans Madueme | Adam and Sin as the Bane of Evolution? A Review of Finding Ourselves After Darwin. Madueme reviews Finding Ourselves After Darwin, which offers a Christian analysis of the human person in light of evolutionary thinking. While these noteworthy essays represent a wide range of creative possibilities for updating our theological anthropology in line with a post-Darwinian setting, Madueme argues that they are less convincing when justifying the theological cost for doing so.
  5. William D. Mounce | Do Formal Equivalent Translations Reflect a Higher View of Plenary, Verbal Inspiration? Mounce establishes five categories of translation theory and argues that functional translations like the NIV do in fact reflect the meaning of every Greek word, but not in the same way as formal equivalent translations do. Therefore, formal equivalent translations cannot claim a higher view of inspiration.
  6. Matthew Swale | Power for Prayer through the Psalms: Cassiodorus’s Interpretation of the Honey of Souls. Swale observes that exegesis, prayer, and spiritual formation converge in the Psalms commentary written by Cassiodorus (490–584). Each psalm’s exegesis ends with a “conclusion” considering the implications for morality, doctrine, or prayer. This study focuses on how Cassiodorus’s exegesis of the Psalms provides power for prayer.
  7. Kenneth J. Stewart | The Oxford Movement and Evangelicalism: Initial Encounters. According to Stewart, commemorations of the birth of the Oxford Movement (later known as Anglo-Catholicism) have regularly intimated certain early commonalities with evangelicalism, especially within the Church of England. This essay examines the basis for these suggestions and finds them wanting.
  8. Kyle Beshears | Athens without a Statue to the Unknown God. Beshears defines apatheism as indifference and apathy toward the existence of God. He argues that this indifference presents a stronger challenge for evangelism than does religious pluralism, agnosticism, and atheism, and he concludes that evangelicals ought to explore ways of engaging apatheism.
  9. Mark Boone | Inerrancy Is Not a Strong or Classical Foundationalism. Boone explains that while inerrancy posits Scripture as a solid foundation for theology, the idea that the doctrine of biblical inerrancy involves a strong foundationalist epistemology is deeply problematic. In fact, inerrancy does not require any particular view of the structure of knowledge, and notable sources on inerrancy tout it in ways inconsistent with most forms of strong foundationalism.
  10. Daniel Wiley | The God Who Reveals: A Response to J. L. Schellenberg’s Hiddenness Argument. According to Wiley, the challenge of divine hiddenness has become one of the greatest advocates for skepticism in modern philosophical debate. He evaluates Schellenberg’s acclaimed hiddenness argument and offers a three-part response: (1) openness to personal relationships and love are not as correlated as the hiddenness argument demands; (2) nonresistant nonbelief is not provable; and (3) Schellenberg fails to reason to God’s omni-benevolence apart from Scripture.

Book Reviews

Includes these reviews and dozens more: