Monday, 20 October 2014
in the United Kingdom during the Twentieth Century
Edited by David Bebbington and David Ceri Jones
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013
Hbk, xiii+409pp, £72.01
It has been the received wisdom that fundamentalism is largely an American phenomenon that has had little impact on British evangelicalism. Here David Bebbington and David Ceri Jones have complied a volume looking at the relationship of evangelicalism and fundamentalism in Britain.
Bebbington is well know for his seminal Evangelicalism in Modern Britain and Jones is co-author of The Elect Methodists and is working on a history of evangelicalism in Wales, so both are well equipped to edit this volume.
Fundamentalism has been described as ‘the crypto-zooology of the theological world. It need not be argued against. It can be dismissed.’ Fortunately, in this volume it is not dismissed but examined in the light of the evangelical movement in Britain. Both fundamentalism and evangelicalism are notoriously difficult to define. The most oft-quoted definition in this book is Marsden’s tongue in cheek definition of fundamentalists as ‘evangelicals who are angry about something’ (cited in, for example, pages 116, 148, 231, 255, 339, 351, 363) .Perhaps evangelicalism is then fundamentalism made more socially acceptable. Or as John Mark Reynolds, cited by Holmes, puts it an evangelical is ‘a fundamentalist who watches The Office.’ Or Marsden's (1980) ‘a mosaic of divergent and sometimes contradictory traditions and tendencies that could never be totally integrated’. Like the soap in a bath it is difficult to get a hold of - and very slippery.
Nevertheless, these authors all make an excellent attempt to examine British evangelicalism to see if there are any fundamentalist tendencies in it. Most think not. Though, of course it depends how each is defined. Some see the relationship as intersecting sets (e.g. Holmes), for some the intersection is an empty set, others as a spectrum of views (eg Warner).
The majority of the book is devoted to historical case studies. Warner and Holmes take a broader look and examine statements of faith and theological perspectives.
The Fundamentals the 12 volumes that were largely responsible for the fundamentalist movement so it is fitting that the first chapter takes a look at the British contributions to it. Treloar notes that there were 17 British contributors (out of the 90)who contributed about 400 of the 1400 pages. This alone shows that fundamentalism isn’t just an American phenomenon. He proceeds to provide brief biographies of the contributors.
One of the contributors was Thomas Whitelaw of Kilmarnock and he is the subject of the next chapter. One interesting chapter is that on Methodism. Its inclusion is intriguing as the Methodists are hardly renowned for their evangelicalism let alone fundamentalism, but Wellings identifies one small group that did have fundamentalist tendencies. One of the editors of the Fundamentals was A.C. Dixon - at one point he moved to England to Spurgeon's Metropolitan Tabernacle. It is surprising then that he didn’t play a greater role among the British Baptists. Bebbington provides a helpful look at the Baptists and Andrew Atherstone at the Anglicans - both of them deal with the inter-war years.
One key characteristic of the fundamentalists is their anti-Catholicism stance this is taken up by John Maiden. Surprisingly is the inclusion of a chapter on women. Surprising as women were often overlooked by the predominantly male leadership. Wilson provides an excellent analysis of female involvement in fundamentalism, in particular Mrs Horrocks and Elizabeth Morton.
The section on the later twentieth century includes chapters on John Stott and Billy Graham. A sociological exploration of new churches in York brings the narrative up to date. A surprising omission is a chapter on D.M. Lloyd Jones, particularly as Jones is the editor of a volume on him. But then the omission may be overlooked in that there is book on him! The National variations section deals with the Ulsterman W.P. Nicholson, Scotland and post-War Wales. The final section on theological reflection looks at Pentecostalism, evangelical bases of faith, and theology.
For those with an interest in twentieth-century evangelicalism this book is a treasure trove. The book is replete with sources and avenues for further research. The book deserves a wider reading than the price tag would permit.
The majority of the chapters appear in this volume for the first time, those by Bebbington, Randall and Tidball are reprints of articles published first elsewhere. Each chapter has its own footnotes and there is a useful 17-page bibliography and an even more helpful 15-page index.
 Bauder, K.T. 2011. In Four Views of the Spectrum of Evangelicalism ed. A. D. Naselli and C. Hansen. Zondervan.
Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story
Craig G. Bartholomew and Michael W. Goheen
Grand Rapids: Baker Academic
Pbk, 272 pp, £11.05.
The Drama of Scripture is the first book in the trilogy that also includes Living at the Crossroads and Christian Philosophy. First published in 2004, now a decade later we have the updated second edition.
The success of the first edition has been justly deserved. It has been translated into Russian, Korean, Chinese, Czech and Spanish. There were UK and US version and an abridged version with a study guide published as The True Story of the Whole World and now this second edition.
The second edition hasn’t changed the narrative structure; the biblical story of creation, fall and redemption still remains, as do the chapter titles. The main additions are not major but include mainly updated references and a few literary tweaks, its length has been increased by almost ten per cent.
The book was written for first-year undergraduates but the appeal will be wider. In an age when biblical literacy is waning, even in the church, this book will provide a welcome tool in the pastor’s, and was as educator’s, arsenal. Few books do a similar job of retelling the biblical narrative as a coherent, unified, integrated story of redemption. Even fewer do it with the grace, humour and accessibility of Bartholomew and Goheen. The book will help makes sense of the storied scriptures and of our storied world. Finding our place in the scriptures will help us to find our place and role in the world. This second edition is to be warmly welcomed.
|Presenter Name(s)||Title||Course Date||Click for recordings|
|Roy Clouser||Reformed Theology and the Myth of Religious Neutrality (2 of 2)||4/25/2010||Link|
|Roy Clouser||Can we Know that God is True?||5/15/2011||Link|
|Roy Clouser||The Idea of a Christian Philosophy||3/11/2012||Link|
|Roy Clouser||The Dutch Philosopher Dooyeweerd's Theory of Reality||3/18/2012||Link|
|Roy Clouser||Understanding Early Genesis||12/8/2013||Link|
|Roy Clouser||What is Faith?||9/28/2014||Link|
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Tuesday, 14 October 2014
In a recent piece in Dutch Tom Wright spoke about his regard for Herman Dooyeweerd and Abraham Kuyper (translation based on google translate):
Wright is speaking at a conference in Theological University Kampen on 31 October - details here.
Wright emphasizes often that his theological insights are innovative, or at least surprising. Still, he has his sources such great thinkers to whom he is indebted. In an interview with the Dutch magazine Wapenveld Wright named the Calvinist philosopher Herman Dooyeweerd (1894-1977), who conceived a comprehensive philosophical worldview - the Philosophy of the Law Idea - in which he took the whole of reality into consideration, from school and hospital to economy and sacrament. Wright is impressed by that great Dooyeweerdian grip. "Herman Dooyweerd was important for me," he says, "although I haven't made a careful study of his work myself. His ideas reached me through a good friend, Brian Walsh, who was very influenced by Dooyeweerd. In the early nineties we taught together in Oxford a series of lectures in which the different elements of the theology of the New Testament ethics, had to come together. I was then very much in the preparatory phase of the thick academic books on the New Testament, The New Testament and the People of God (1992). First It is without doubt the result that I then realized that the sense of God's comprehensive Kingdom is associated with the Messiah expectation in the Old Testament, and of course with the way this all came to light in Jesus through my conversations with Brian Walsh."
Brian Walsh challenged Wright to learn to think differently from what he was used to. "Not in the spirit of 'give to God what is God's and to Caesar what is Caesar's' - that would be tantamount to separate compartments - but deliberately going for a deep connection between church and world. Dooyeweerd wanted to integrate all aspects of life from the point of Christ's victory. He was convinced, like C.S. Lewis way that every square inch and every second is claimed by God - and return claimed by Satan. This insight was also not completely foreign to me, it was latent, I had never thought to the bottom . Now I just had to do, thanks to the critical questions of my friend who was so fascinated by Dooyeweerd. And I must say that I am the intellectual rigour of the Dutch Christian thinkers - Kuyper should also mention here of course! - I admire. It made a real difference to what I was used to finicky and sometimes sweet-voiced English way of thinking. Not that I did not know any serious and profound thinkers in England, but the perseverance of the Dutch thinkers have converted a change in me."
Wright is speaking at a conference in Theological University Kampen on 31 October - details here.
In their paper 'Sustainable Development, Architecture and Modernism: Aspects of an Ongoing Controversy' Arts 2014, 3, 350-366; doi:10.3390/arts3040350 Han Vandevyvere and Hilde Heynen use Dooyeweerd's ideas to critique sustainable development.
Here's the abstract:
Abstract: In some discourses on sustainability, modernism in architecture is blamed for its technocratic beliefs that supposedly generated a lot of the social and environmental problems the world is facing today. At the same time, many architectural critics seem to be convinced that the present call for sustainability with its “green buildings”, is but another screen behind which well-known old power structures hide. In this paper, we react to these viewpoints in different ways. First we clarify the issues that are haunting current architectural discourses by unraveling the logics behind the viewpoints of the critics of the “environmental doctrine” on the one hand and the technical environmentalists on the other hand. We will offer, secondly, a new framing to these debates by relying upon the modal sphere theory of the Dutch philosopher Herman Dooyeweerd. This new framing will allow us to reconnect, thirdly, with the discourse of modernism, which, we will argue, is all too often conflated with a technocratic paradigm—a partial, incomplete and even misleading representation. In conclusion, we present a different framing of modernism, which allows understanding of it as a multilayered and multifaceted response to the challenges of modernity, a response that formulated a series of ideals that are not so far removed from the ideals formulated today by many advocates of sustainability. We are, thus, suggesting that the sustainability discourse should be conceived as a more mature and revised version of the paradigm of modernism, rather than its absolute counterpoint.
Sunday, 12 October 2014
Saturday, 11 October 2014
A list of Calvin Seerveld's writings from 1995-200 appeared here.
The damages of a Christian worldview In After Worldview ed. J. Matthew Bonzo and Michael Stevens. Sioux Center, Iowa: Dordt College Press.
Cities as a place for public artwork: a glocal approach. In Goheen, M.W. & Glanville, E.G., eds. The gospel and globalisation: exploring the religious roots of a globalised world. Vancouver: Regent College Publishing & Geneva Society. p. 229-324.
How should Christians be stewards of art? A response to Nathan Jacobs. Markets and Morality 12(2): 377-385.
How should Christians be stewards of art? A surresponse to Nathan Jacobs. Markets and Morality 12(2): 393-398.
Redemptive grit: the ordinary artistry of Gerald Folkerts. Image, 63 (Summer): 51-60.
Categories for Art Historical Methodology: Antoine Watteau (Les Fetes Venitiennes). In Art as Spiritual Perception. Essays in honor of E. John Walford, edited by James Romaine (Wheaton: Crossway, 2012), 165-178.
A Christian mission of glocal culture within riven societies in God’s world. Koers - Bulletin for Christian Scholarship 75(1):115-134. doi: 10.4102/koers.v75i1.75
Getting into Martin Luther's groove. Reformed Worship 95 (March): 20-21.
Why we need to learn to cry in Church: reclaiming the Psalms of Lament. In Forgotten Songs: Reclaiming the Psalms for Christian Worship, eds. C. Richard Wells & Ray Van Neste. Nashville: B&H Publishing Group.
Footprints in the snow. Comment (March)
Getting ready for church. The Banner 147 September):8 http://www.thebanner.org/departments/2012/08/getting-ready-for-church
Reading the Bible like a grown-up child. Comment (November)
Overlooked Herder, and the Performative Nature of The Greatest Song as Biblical Wisdom Literature. Southeastern Theological Review 4(2) 197-222.
The pros of Christian organizations. Comment (Spring)
Cultural Education and History Writing: Sundry writings and occasional lectures, edited by John H. Kok. Sioux Center, IA: Dordt College Press, 2014. 388 pages
Introductions by Doug Blomberg and Gideon StraussReformational Christian Philosophy and Christian College EducationMaking the Most of College: Studying Ourselves to Life or to Death?Why Should a University Exist?Through the Waters: Christian schooling as a city of refugeThe Song of Moses and the Lamb: The joke of A.R.S.S. educationThe Damages of a Christian WorldviewBabel, Pentecost, Glossolalia, and Philoxenia: No language is foreign to GodJubilee on the JobConcluding Theses on Teaching Philosophy in the North American Undergraduate CollegeA Final Lecture at Trinity Christian CollegeThinking Deeply About Our FaithDooyeweerd’s Contribution to the Historiography of PhilosophyDooyeweerd’s Idea of “Historical Development”: Christian respect for cultural diversityFootprints in the SnowThe Pedagogical Strength of a Christian Methodology in Philosophical HistoriographyEarly Kant and a Rococo Spirit: Setting for The Critique of Judgment“Mythologizing Philosophy” as Historiographic Category
Redemptive Art in Society: Sundry writings and occasional lectures, edited by John H. Kok. Sioux Center, IA: Dordt College Press, 2014. 310 pages
Introduction“Prophetic Shalom in Theatrum Dei” by Adrienne Dengerink ChaplinThe Necessity of Christian Public ArtistryOn Identity and Aesthetic Voice of the Culturally DisplacedFrom Ghost Town to Tent City: Artist community facing Babylon and the city of godGod’s Gift of Theatre in our HandsProfessional Giveaway Theatre in Babylon: A christian vocationNecessary Art in Africa: A christian perspectiveTurning Human Dignity Upside DownThe Challenge to be Imaginative Salt as Artists in God’s WorldCities as a Place for Public Artwork: A global approachHow Should Christians Be Stewards of Art?For the Next Generation of Christian Writers of LiteratureA Note on PoetryA Review: Good Taste, Bad Taste, and Christian Taste
A Review: A Broken Beauty
Art History Revisited: Sundry writings and occasional lectures, edited by John H. Kok. Sioux Center, IA: Dordt College Press, 2014. 308 pages
Introductions by Dirk van den Berg and Henry LuttikhuizenBiblical Wisdom underneath Vollenhoven’s Categories for Philosophical HistoriographyVollenhoven’s Legacy for Art HistoriographyTowards a Cartographic Methodology for Art HistoriographyAntiquity Transumed and the Reformational Tradition: Which Antiquity is Transumed–How and Why?Methodological Notes for Assessing What Happened 1764–1831 in the History of AestheticsThe Moment of Truth and Evidence of Sterility within Neoclassical Art and Aesthetic Theory of the Later EnlightenmentIdealistic Philosophy in Checkmate: Neoclassical and Romantic Artistic PolicyBadt and Dittmann: Art Historiographic Testing of Heidegger’s AestheticsTelltale Statues in Watteau’s PaintingGod’s Ordinance for Artistry and Hogarth’s “wanton chace”Canonic Art: Pregnant dilemmas in the theory and practice of Anton Raphael MengsNo Endangered Species: An Introduction to the wood engraving artistry of Peter S. SmithRedemptive Grit: The ordinary artistry of Gerald FolkertsBook Review: A. L. Rees and F. Borzello’s The NEW Art HistoryList of illustrations
Cultural Problems in Western Society: Sundry writings and occasional lectures, edited by John H. Kok. Sioux Center, IA: Dordt College Press, 2014. 212 pages
Introduction“My Sensibility is European…” by Barbara Carvill
Minorities and XenophiliaBeyond Tolerance to Tough LoveDoes the World Ask Europe to Sacrifice Its Beautiful Art?Imaginative Reenchantment of Society in God’s World: A redemptive artistic task in the European UnionHuman Multiculturality: Invitation to enriched identitiesFrom Systemic Suppression of Women to Asymmetrical Gender Mutuality: An historical and systematic introductionCultural Dialogue as Human Resource for the Integration of Europe—and what about the development of cities?
Putting Humpty-Dumpty Back Together Again: The problem of artists earning a livelihood in society
Normative Aesthetics: Sundry writings and occasional lectures, edited by John H. Kok. Sioux Center, IA: Dordt College Press, 2013. 320 pages.
Introduction: "(Un)Timely Voyage: Calvin Seerveld’s Normative Aesthetics" by Lambert ZuidervaartThe Halo of Human ImaginativityImaginativityDooyeweerd’s Legacy for Aesthetics: Modal law theoryJoy, Style, and Aesthetic Imperatives, with the Biblical Meaning of Clothes and Games in the Christian LifeOrdinary Aesthetic Life: Humor, tastes and “taking a break”Both More and Less Than a Matter of TasteChristian Aesthetic Bread for the WorldThe Place for Imaginative Grit and Everlasting Art in God’s WorldThe Relation of the Arts to the Presentation of TruthA Turnabout in Aesthetics to UnderstandingPhilosophical Aesthetics at Home with the Lord: an untimely valedictoryA Review: Kant’s Kunsttheorie
A Review: Truth and Method
Biblical Studies and Wisdom for Living: Sundry Writings and Occasional Lectures, edited by John H. Kok. Sioux Center, IA: Dordt College Press, 2014
Introductions by Craig Bartholomew and by Peter S. Smith
Hearing God’s Narrative about “the Way” of shalomReading and Hearing the Psalms: The Gut of the BiblePsalms are to be Heard EverywhereFive Psalms: For the American Guild of Organistsa. Psalm 19: Celebrating the good news of God’s creational ordinances and creatural glossolaliab. David Psalm 30: A song written for a consecration service of the house of Godc. Psalm 96: A song that never gets old is newd. Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–9, 11: The most human of these is hopee. Revelation 18:21–19:8: Hip-hop millennial culture and Hallelujah!Pain Is a Four-Letter Word: A congregational lamentProverbs 10:1–22: From Poetic Paragraphs to PreachingCelebrate the Resourceful Woman (Proverbs 31)Herder’s Revolutionary Hermeneutic and Aesthetic Theory: The Import of Herder’s Hermeneutics for Text Performance of The Greatest SongNeeded: Biblical Recovery of Human Corporeality and Historical Institutionality in God’s WorldThe Gift and Distraction of PleasureThe Smell of your School: A letter of reference?A Christian School Song for Parents and TeachersWays-of-life and becoming elderly wiseImport of Biblical Wisdom Literature for a Conception of Artistic TruthA Modest Proposal for Reforming the Christian Reformed Church in North AmericaA Snake and Dove Policy for Redeemer GraduatesGraduating to Glocal MartyrdomReformed Institutions in TransformationBook Review: Reading Ecclesiastes: Old Testament Exegesis and Hermeneutical TheoryCarlos Martínez Mime ActorA Worship Service Where Two People Walked OutSay “Amen!” Somebody: On gospel singing and joyful worshipLonging to Lament: A conversation between Michael Card and Calvin SeerveldThe Rule of GodLong-range mercy for Africa: The CRC in Sierra LeoneWe are Not Pilgrims: We are called to build tent cities in God’s worldBastards or Sons of God?Operation Fish and Bread for the Ontario GovernmentThe Tender, Tough Mystery of (Married) Love“The Rare Gift of a Friend”A Morning Weather HymnReading the Bible like a Grown-Up Child
Epilogue: A personal testimony
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