The Future of Evangelical Theology

In his First Things Journal article titled Evangelicals Divided, Gerald McDermott offers the following insight concerning the future of evangelical theology. I think he is right, and thankfully there are encouraging signs of the trend that he proposes. Indeed, we hope to see the Ministry of Gospel Renewal contribute to this trend.

The only evangelical theology likely to survive and flourish will be that which renounces the triumphalism that has heretofore treated Church history as little more than darkness before the Reformation, the eighteenth-century awakenings, or the postmodern movement of the late twentieth century. But the future is still uncertain. It remains to be seen whether evangelicalism as a whole, and its theologians in particular, will adopt an attitude of intellectual humility willing to submit to a vision of the whole that can be found only by living in the whole (theological) tradition.

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