Know Your Evangelical Roots: Carl F. H. Henry and Kenneth Kantzer

Who are these evangelicals? What do they believe? Where did they come from? These types of questions seem to dominate much of the literature in theological studies. I want to help answer these questions and more by providing links to a series of lectures at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School by Dr. Carl F. H. Henry … More Know Your Evangelical Roots: Carl F. H. Henry and Kenneth Kantzer

Martin Luther’s 1517 Disputation Against Scholastic Theology

During my doctoral studies, I first read Luther’s Disputation Against Scholastic Theology. Nearly everyone who studies theology is aware of the fact that Luther was trained in the Scholastic method. They also know that Luther and Protestantism broke with the Roman Catholic Church over doctrines such as sola Scriptura and sola Fide.

However, to my surprise and bewilderment at the time, I was shocked to see that Luther wrote an entire Disputation Against Scholastic Theology. This disputation is clearly not as famous as the 95 Theses; however, one could argue that both are probably just as influential to one’s understanding of Luther’s theology, method, and exegesis. In that same vein, understanding this disputation is also important to understand the specific epistemology, metaphysic, method, and modus operandi of later Protestant theologians (some, but not all). In other words, if anything is clear in the writings and method of some theologians, they were trained in Scholastic theology and they willfully and intentionally broke with that method. … More Martin Luther’s 1517 Disputation Against Scholastic Theology

Greg Bahnsen: Protestant Apologetics (Over and Against the Claims of Roman Catholicism)

Denominational affiliation should not be based upon personal preferences, but upon sustained biblical arguments and convictions. One should not attend a church merely because they enjoy a particular mode or expression of worship. Instead, individuals ought to attend a particular church because they are convinced the doctrines that church teaches are explicitly taught in Scripture. … More Greg Bahnsen: Protestant Apologetics (Over and Against the Claims of Roman Catholicism)

Book Review: Calvinism and the Problem of Evil

David E. Alexander and Daniel M. Johnson, eds. Calvinism and the Problem of Evil. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2016. 308 pp. £28.00/$37.00. See note at the end for publication of this review elsewhere.  In the book, Calvinism and the Problem of Evil, David E. Alexander and Daniel M. Johnson, eds., have collected a group of first-rate scholars … More Book Review: Calvinism and the Problem of Evil

Kevin J. Vanhoozer’s Book: Biblical Authority After Babel

Biblical Authority After Babel: Retrieving the Solas in the Spirit of Mere Protestant Christianity. By Kevin J. Vanhoozer. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2016, vii + 269 pp., $21.99. See the note at the end of the article about the later publication of this article.  Does the Reformation, and sola scriptura in particular, unleash interpretive anarchy upon the … More Kevin J. Vanhoozer’s Book: Biblical Authority After Babel

David Farnell: Lectures on Inerrancy and Historical Criticism

In 1998, John MacArthur wrote the foreword to The Jesus Crisis. “Some of evangelicalism’s best-known theologians,” says MacArthur, “and seminary and college professors are now debating among themselves ideas that would have been deemed entirely nonnegotiable before the last quarter of the twentieth century. Destructive applications of redaction theories, source criticism, literary speculations, and so … More David Farnell: Lectures on Inerrancy and Historical Criticism