Evangelical Affirmations

Edited by Kenneth S. Kantzer & Carl F.H. Henry

© 1990  Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Academie Books / Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI Used by Permission  All Rights Reserved

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1. Evangelicalism
BR1640.E85 1990 ~ ISBN: 0310595312 ~ LC: 90232488 ~ OCLC: 21583661 ~ 535p.

Evangelical Affirmations is presently held by 157 libraries including Wheaton College and the University of California at Los Angeles

Evangelical Affirmations consists of papers presented at the
Convocation on Evangelical Affirmations — May, 1989

Deerfield, Illinois

Table of Contents

BACK COVER OF THE BOOK

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS..................................................11

PREFACE...........................................................................13

FOREWORD.........................................................................17

Carl F.H. Henry

     Visiting Professor of Biblical & Systematic Theology,
     Trinity Evangelical Divinity School;
Former Editor, Christianity Today

CHAPTER ONE AFFIRMATIONS

     The Evangelical Affirmations..........................................27

CHAPTER TWO ADDRESS

     Keynote Address: Charles Colson...................................41
          Chairman of the Board, Prison Fellowship Ministries

CHAPTER THREE THE EVANGELICALS

     Who are the Evangelicals?................................................69

Carl F.H. Henry

          Visiting Professor of Biblical & Systematic Theology,
           Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Former Editor, Christianity Today

     Response to Carl F.H. Henry.............................................95

Nathan O. Hatch

Acting Dean, College of Arts and Letters,
University of Notre Dame

Questions for Discussion.......................................................103

CHAPTER FOUR SALVATION

Evangelicals and the Way of Salvation: New Challenges
to the Gospel Universalism, and Justification by Faith
.....107

James I. Packer

Professor of Systematic Theology, Regent College

Response to James I. Packer................................................137

John Ankerberg

Host & Moderator "The John Ankerberg Show"

John Weldon

Senior Researcher of "The John Ankerberg Show"

Questions for Discussion.......................................................149

CHAPTER FIVE BIBLICAL AUTHORITY

Word and World: Biblical Authority and the Quandry of Modernity

David F. Wells

Professor of Systematic Theology, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary

Response to David F. Wells...................................................177

Robert Sloan

Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Baylor University

Questions for Discussion........................................................191

CHAPTER SIX PERSONAL ETHICS

Christian Personal Ethics.......................................................195

Kenneth S. Kantzer

Director of the Ph.D. Program, Trinity Evangelical
Divinity School; Chancellor, Trinity College;
Former Editor, Christianity Today

Response to Kenneth S. Kantzer............................................241

Ralph D. Winter

General Director, U.S. Center for World Mission

Questions for Discussion........................................................253

CHAPTER SEVEN SOCIAL ETHICS

Evangelicals and Social Ethics...............................................257

Harold O.J. Brown

Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology,
Franklin Forman Chair of Christian Ethics and Theology
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Response to Harold O.J. Brown............................................285

Myron S. Augsburger

President, Christian College Coalition

Questions for Discussion........................................................295

CHAPTER EIGHT BLACK EVANGELICAL THEOLOGY

Reflections on the Scope and Function of a

Black Evangelical Black Theology.........................................299

William H. Bentley

Chairman, Commission on Theology, National Black Evangelical Association;
National President, United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God

Ruth Lewis Bentley

Learning Skills Specialist, Counselling Center,
University of Illinois at Chicago

Response to William H. Bentley...........................................335

Reverend H.O. Espinoza

President, PROMESA

Questions for Discussion........................................................343

CHAPTER NINE THE CHURCH

Evangelicals, Ecumenism and the Church .............................347

Donald A. Carson

Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Response to Donald A. Carson..............................................387

Joseph M. Stowell

President, Moody Bible Institute

Questions for Discussion........................................................397

CHAPTER TEN MODERN SCIENCE

Evangelicals and Modern Science..........................................401

Robert C. Newman

Professor of New Testament, Biblical Theological Seminary

First Response to Robert C. Newman....................................423

Pattle P.T. Pun

Professor of Biology, Wheaton College

Second Response to Robert C. Newman...............................439

Wayne Frair

Professor of Biology, The Kings College

Questions for Discussion........................................................453

CHAPTER ELEVEN RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

Tribes People, Idiots or Citizens? Evangelicals, Religious Liberty
and a Public Philosophy for the Public Square
.....................457

Os Guinness

Executive Director of Williamsburg Charter Foundation

Response to Os Guinness.....................................................499

David P. Scaer

Professor of Theology, Concordia Seminary

Questions for Discussion......................................................509

CHAPTER TWELVE AFTERWORD

Afterword: Where Do We Go From Here?..........................513

Kenneth S. Kantzer

Director of the Ph.D. Program, Trinity Evangelical
Divinity School; Chancellor, Trinity College;
Former Editor, Christianity Today

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   Evangelical Christians comprise a large and energetic segment of American Protestantism. These believers are best known for advocating a high priority on evangelistic outreach. Recently, however, evangelicals have been buffeted by charges that their ethics are flagging or failed and that their theological distinctives do not reflect the central tradition of the Christian church.

   In this volume, respected leaders of the evangelical community address with candor many of the central issues critics have raised about the movement. They represent presenters and respondents to the EVANGELICAL AFFIRMATIONS consultation, a council of theologians convened at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School to discuss and draft a theological statement defining an evangelical Christian stance in American contemporary society. The contributors attempt to drive a new wedge for orthodoxy while also tackling the hardest and most difficult questions. They honestly encourage the debate that wages within evangelical circles both to the right and to the left by analyzing what are the distinctive marks of evangelical faith and practice.

   This important book is must reading for all those interested in the evangelical faith and in a measured evaluation of the prospects of evangelical Christians to penetrate the decadent culture of the last decade of the twentieth century with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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