Why So Few Christian Intellectuals? A Response to Alan Jacobs

Alan Jacobs has just responded to my piece over at the Center for Public Theology, “Where’s Niebuhr? On Alan Jacobs’s Essay on Christian Intellectuals,” with one of his own. It’s called “A Response to Owen Strachan,” and you should read it. Typical Jacobs: very thoughtful, funny, and challenging on a personal level. In my piece, [Read More…]

Wayne Grudem Critiques Liam Goligher’s Historical Theology

“These quotes highlight what is at stake in the teaching of some contemporary evangelical scholars and pastors: they are presenting a novel view of God; a different God than that affirmed by the church through the ages and taught in Scripture. This is serious. It comes down to this; if they are right we have [Read More…]

How Carl Henry Saved a Young Philosopher’s Life

A Christianity Today essay by King’s College president Greg Thornbury entitled “How I Almost Lost My Faith” tells a remarkable story. In college, Thornbury was struggling with a crisis of faith. It was brought on by what is called “historical criticism”: After high school, I attended a Christian liberal arts college. In the first semester of my [Read More…]

What Do Evangelical Professors Do, Anyway?

I have a suggestion for a fun question you could throw out at your annual Christmas party. “Professors,” you could say vaguely. “What is it they do, anyway?” You’ll likely get a bunch of answers, many of them expressing confusion. Some will voice skepticism–the professorate is an escape from real life. Thinking, after all, is [Read More…]

The Evangelical Mind Is Alive: ETS 2013 & Inerrancy

It’s that time of year again: the Evangelical Theological Society meets Tuesday-Thursday of this week. I’m traveling today to Baltimore for the 64th annual meeting, organized around the important theme of “Inerrancy.” I’ll be presenting two papers this year, both on the neo-evangelicals. My first paper is on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 4:30pm in Hilton-Latrobe. [Read More…]

The Nation’s First Hipster President and the Promising Prospects of the Christian Mind

I just had the opportunity to write “A Hipster for King’s College,” a piece for the American Spectator on the recent appointment of Dr. Gregory Alan Thornbury to the presidency of The King’s College in lower Manhattan (it’s located on Wall Street–how’s that for symbolism?). Thornbury, I suggest, is the nation’s first “hipster president.” More significantly, I [Read More…]

Great Upcoming Conference: “Remembering Carl Henry” by the Henry Center at TEDS

Are you, like me, a serious fan of Carl Ferdinand Howard Henry? Then you will be interested in the “Remembering Carl Henry: Evangelicalism Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” Conference. It will be held on October 11, 2013 at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Paper proposals are due four days from now: July 1, 2013. My TEDS PhD [Read More…]

History Cage-Match: Did Carl Henry or Harold Ockenga “Invent” Evangelicalism?

In a new piece at Christianity Today, historian Timothy George writes of the significance of Baptist theologian Carl Ferdinand Howard Henry. George’s take is that Henry “invented post-war evangelicalism.” He explains himself: Henry did not invent post-war evangelicalism all by himself, of course. He had lots of help from Harold John Ockenga, the Strategist; Billy Graham, the [Read More…]

Carl F. H. Henry on the Theistic Foundation of Knowledge

Carl F. H. Henry: “Human knowledge as human activity has its ultimate ground in God.  Such knowledge involves at once a knowledge of God, of the universe, and of human selves.  Since man is by creation a psychosomatic entity, his knowledge involves intuition, religious faith, psycho-introspection and -extrospection, as well as sense perception.  But what [Read More…]