Explorations in systematic theology. Although the Reformation took place in the sixteenth century, this was the beginning of something and not the end. The Reformed churches affirmed the need to be semper reformanda ('always reforming'). Unfortunately, this commitment...
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Explorations in systematic theology.
Although the Reformation took place in the sixteenth century, this was the beginning of something and not the end. The Reformed churches affirmed the need to be semper reformanda ('always reforming').
Unfortunately, this commitment to continuing reformation has not been faithfully and consistently maintained over the centuries. At one end of the theological spectrum, some have invoked semper reformanda in order to justify abandoning the core of Reformation theology and departing from received orthodoxy. At the other end, some have forgotten about semper reformanda in their progress towards a rigid confessionalism, giving the impression that the final codification of truth has already taken place, and that there is no further need for reformation.
Between these two extremes, there is a vital task to be performed by the church in every generation: to subject its beliefs and practices to renewed scrutiny in the light of Scripture. In doing so, the church must re-state biblical truth in ways that faithfully communicate the gospel, advance the mission of the church, and address the issues which men, women and children face as they seek to follow Christ and witness to him.
This volume is an exercise in semper reformanda. Each contributor was asked to take a different theme, doctrine or subject area within the discipline of systematic theology, and to assess the current state of scholarship in that area, before indicating areas where further work, development, re-statement or clarification are required. Overall, this stimulating collection is intended to make a positive contribution to evangelical scholarship, by helping to identify problems, dangers and exciting new possibilities, and to set an agenda for future theological reflection.
The contributors are Henri Blocher, Gerald Bray, Richard Gaffin, Richard Gamble, A. T. B. McGowan, Robert Reymond, Derek Thomas, Kevin Vanhoozer, Cornelius Venema and Stephen Williams.
A. T. B. McGowan is Principal of Highland Theological College, Dingwall, Scotland. He is the author of The New Birth (Christian Focus), The Divine Spiration of Scripture: Challenging evangelical perspectives(Inter-Varsity Press) and The Federal Theology of Thomas Boston (Paternoster), and editor of Always Reforming (Apollos). He is Honorary Professor in Reformed Doctrine at the University of Aberdeen, Adjunct Professor of Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary USA, Visiting Professor of Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary USA, and Vice President of the World Reformed Fellowship.
Dr. John M. Frame (M.A., M.Phil., Yale University) is Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary. An outstanding theologian, John Frame distinguished himself during 31 years on the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary, and was a founding faculty member of WTS California.
He is best known for his prolific writings including ten volumes, a contributor to many books and reference volumes, as well as scholarly articles and magazines. Rev. Frame is a talented musician and discerning media critic who is deeply committed to the work of ministry and training pastors.
His select publications include Apologetics to the Glory of God (1994); Cornelius Van Til: An Analysis of his Thought (1995); Worship in Spirit and Truth (1996), and Contemporary Music: a Biblical Defense (1997), and his recent major works in the Theology of Lordship series The Doctrine of God; The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God; Doctrine of the Christian Life and The Doctrine of the Word of God.
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