Announcing Eyes to See and Ears to Hear: Essays in Memory of J. Alan Groves

I am very proud to announce the release of Eyes to See and Ears to Hear: Essays in Memory of J. Alan Groves. I, along with my former colleagues Doug Green and Mike Kelly, worked for three years bringing these essays together, and we are thrilled to be able to honor Al’s memory in this […]

Interview with Ken Schenck: Part 4

I respond to Ken Schenck’s review of Inspiration and Incarnation.

Harvie Conn on the interplay between Biblical Theology, Christ, the Already/Not Yet, Humility, and Contextualization

Biblical theology reminds us of the Christ-centered heart of the Scripture, of its history as the history of redemption. Theologizing, as the application of that redemptive history, then becomes eschatological in a deeper sense than we usually think. it is an eschatology defined not only with reference to the second coming of Christ but inclusive […]

Harvie Conn on the Dynamic Character of Revealed Truth

Biblical theology’s focus on revelation as a historical activity underlines the dynamic, rather than static, character of revealed truth. John Murray speaks of the “tendency to abstraction” on the part of systematic theology, the tendency to historicize, to arrive at “timeless” formulations in the sense of topically oriented universals. This danger becomes even more real […]

Harvey Conn on Systematic Theology and the Missiological Task of the Church

Systematic theology is not simply a coherent arrangement of supracultural universals. it is a compilation of the Western white history of dogma. And that history, in the process of compilation, has lost its missiological thrust. The effect of this process on the Western churches is similarly destructive of missions. Seeing theology as an essentializing science […]

Conn on “the evangelical’s perception of theology as some sort of comprehensively universal science”

Theology become functionally the queen of the sciences, the watchdog of the academic world, the ultimate universal. Combined with Western ethnocentrism, it produces the tacit assumption ‘that the Christian faith is already fully and properly indigenized in the West” [David J. Bloesch, “Theological Education Missionary Perspective,” Missiology 10 (January 1982): 16-17]. Our credal formulations, structured […]

Conn Citing Bavinck on Calvinism and Multi-formity

Harvie Conn citing Herman Bavink, “The Future of Calvinism,” The Presbyterian and Reformed Review 5 (1894): 23 “All the misery of the Presbyterian Churches is owing to their striving to consider the Reformation as completed, and to allow no further development of what has been begun by the labor of the Reformers…. Calvinism wishes no […]

Conn on the Danger of Thinking of God Abstractly

“The danger of … abstractionist thinking [we can gain “objective knowledge” of God] has always been that things are viewed as existing in themselves without taking into consideration the relationships in which they stand to other things. It asks, What is God in Himself? No movement can be applied to God; therefore we confess that […]

Harvie Conn and Reformed Theology

As I look back on my student years at Westminster Theological Seminary (1985-89), especially as the years pass, I am beginning to count it more and more of a privilege to have been at Westminster and under Harvie Conn’s influence. Truth be told, I left Westminster for Harvard more or less focused on learning as […]

I&I Responses 3: Does I&I Deny Inerrancy?

Criticism: I&I denies inerrancy I have also addressed this issue in a different context elsewhere on this website, but I would like to flesh this out a bit here. Defining “inerrancy” is certainly a topic of discussion among Evangelicals, and opinions are voiced from one extreme of maintaining older paradigms at all costs to jettisoning […]