ARTICLES

Christopher Gehrz - Recovering a Pietist Understanding of Christian Higher Education: Carl H. Lundquist and Karl A. Olsson

In this paper, Christopher Gehrz explores the educational philosophies of two leading figures in the history of Swedish-American pietism: Carl H. Lundquist (president of Bethel College and Seminary, 1954-1982) and Karl A. Olsson (president of North Park College and Seminary, 1959-1970). While Olsson and Lundquist disagreed on several points, their common emphasis on "convertive piety" resulted in a distinctively pietist understanding of the purposes of the Christian college and its nature as a Christ-centered community. Mr. Gehrz is Associate Professor of History at Bethel University.

David Lauber - “For the Sake of this One, God has Patience with the Many”: Czeslaw Milosz and Karl Barth on God’s Patience, the Incarnation, and the Possibility of Belief

In this paper, David Lauber proposes that a Christocentric conception of God’s patience with the world provides needed guidance in a Christian navigation of the darkness of the current secular age. Lauber uses the recent work of philosopher Charles Taylor, who characterizes the dark homelessness of this secular age. He also looks to the poetry and essays of Czeslaw Milosz, who articulates the anguish and anxiety that results from this homelessness, while pointing toward the hope of a Christological response. The paper concludes with Karl Barth’s explicitly theological account of God’s patience, which provides a conceptual articulation of hope in the face of dark homelessness and anguish. Mr. Lauber is Assistant Professor of Theology at Wheaton College.

David Rozema - Inside-out or Outside-in? Lewis and Dostoevsky on the “New Man”

One increasingly popular interpretation of the scientific study of man is that, just as physical scientists have discovered the principles and causes of matter that have enabled engineers to create faster, more efficient machines, sociobiological scientists will someday discover the basic principles and causes of human thought and action to enable engineers to create better, more efficient human beings—the “new man.” In this paper, David Rozema investigates how both C. S. Lewis and Fyodor Dostoevsky (a) expose this as a false analogy, (b) show that the scientific (“outside-in”) approach to man’s transformation is self-contradictory and (c) provide cases in their novels of transformations that work in the opposite direction: from the “inside-out.” Mr. Rozema is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

 

REVIEW ESSAY

Amos Yong - Science and Religion: Introducing the Issues, Entering the Debates —A Review Essay

Amos Yong is J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology at Regent University of Divinity in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he also is director of the Ph.D. in Renewal Studies program.

 

REVIEW AND RESPONSE

Christian Smith - “More Realism, Critically”—A Reply to James K. A. Smith’s “The (Re)Turn to the Person in Contemporary Theory”

Christian Smith is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology, Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society, and Director of the Center for Social Research at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.

James K. A. Smith - Natural Law’s Secularism?— A Response to Christian Smith

James K.A. Smith is Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College.