From the Editor. Christians, and especially ministers, have often donned lab coats in our culture's debates over evolution and creation, and spoken authoritatively in disciplines about which they know very little, and have no serious training. Non-Christians, especially atheist scientists, have done the same by donning Geneva gowns, as shown by the recent spate of angry, anti-Christian tomes from the new atheists. Old Testament professor Bryan Estelle articulates this distinction to help church officers guide the church in its witness to a culture that embraces philosophical naturalism. Hitching one's wagon to any particular scientific theory may undermine this witness. Professor Estelle also reviews two important books by intelligent design authors.
One of the earliest Americans to produce a virulent attack on historic Christianity was Thomas Paine. The second part of my article on the Huguenots who brought Calvinism to America reflects on Paine's religious book, The Age of Reason. Were he alive today, he might have written the foreword to Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion.
Servant Viewing tackles the movies for the first time in Ordained Servant. The Social Network is noteworthy as a well-crafted film, but more so as a fascinating tale about an important media development.
Finally, don't miss Darryl Hart's review, "Two Kingdoms: A New or Old Idea?" in which he examines an important historical study of natural law's relationship to two kingdom theology by Professor David VanDrunen, Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms. Especially significant is the pervasive presence of the doctrines of natural law and two kingdoms among the Post-Reformation theologians.
Blessings in the Lamb,
Gregory Edward Reynolds
From the Archives: CREATION
- "The Framework Interpretation: An Exegetical Summary." (Lee Irons) 9:1 (Jan. 2000): 7-11.
- "Genesis and Myth." (Robert Letham) 9:1 (Jan. 2000): 17-19.
- "Herman Bavinck on Creation: Excerpts from Our Reasonable Faith." (Herman Bavinck) 9:1 (Jan. 2000): 2-3.
- "In the Space of Six Days." (Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.) 9:1 (Jan. 2000): 12-16.
- "Inerrancy or Design? Old Princeton and Evolution." (D. G. Hart & John R. Muether) 9:1 (Jan. 2000): 4-6.
- "Of Creation Days and the Keys of the Kingdom." (James Gidley) 9:1 (Jan. 2000): 21-23.
- "Some Thoughts on Creation." (G. I. Williamson) 9:1 (Jan. 2000): 24-26.
- "The Time Element in Genesis 1 and 2." (Oswald T. Allis) 4:4 (Oct. 1995): 85-87.
- "Were the 'Days' of Genesis 1 & 2 Ordinary Days?" (Robert W. Eckardt) 9:1 (Jan. 2000): 20.
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