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of Theology and Politics Vol. 7, 2019


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The Evangelical Review ~ Vol. 7, 2019

Contents ~ Pagination


David Muthukumar S.


Jongseock Shin


P.H. Brazier


Robb Torseth


Review Articles

Viktor Tóth (on Kärkäinen)


Book Reviews

Review of Barth


Review of Givens


Review of Elliot


Review of Barna Group


Review of Mattison


Review of Kroeker


Review of Willimon


Review of Levy


Review of Sechrest, et al


Review of Wilken


Review of Stanglin


Review of Moreland


Review of Schreiner


The Evangelical Review

of Theology & Politics

Volume 7, 2019

The Evangelical Review, Vol.1, (2013)

The Evangelical Review, Vol.2, (2014)

TER Vol. 2, (2014) ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ Conference Papers

The Evangelical Review, Vol. 3, (2015)

TER Vol. 3, (2015) ‘Christianity & Culture’ Conference Papers

The Evangelical Review, Vol. 4, (2016)

The Evangelical Review, Vol. 5, (2017)

TER Vol. 5, (2017) ‘Purge the Old Leaven’ Essay Series

The Evangelical Review, Vol. 6, (2018)

The Evangelical Review, Vol. 7, (2019)

The Evangelical Review, Vol. 8, (2020)

TER Vol. 8, (2020) ‘Homosexuality:
The Case For & Against’ Essay Series

The Evangelical Review, Vol. 9, (2021)

The Evangelical Review, Vol. 10, (2022)

The Evangelical Review, Vol. 11, (2023)

The Evangelical Review, Vol. 12, (2024)


VOL. 7, 2019


David Muthukumar S.,
‘History as Revelation and Divine Discourse in History:
A Postfoundationalist Anchoring of Scriptural Authority’

||  Revelation ||  Scriptural Authority ||  Postfoundationalism ||
||  Epistemology ||  History as Revelation ||  Divine Discourse ||

Is it even legitimate to talk about scriptural authority in the postmodern context where metanarratives are rendered obsolete; or, do we need to rely on a circular appeal to scripture to validate its own claims? This essay grapples with the issue of revisioning the scriptural authority by challenging the epistemic presuppositions of foundationalist and nonfoundationalist methods to construct a post-foundationalist conception through a dialectical interaction between these suppositions. This thesis will argue that while Wolfhart Pannenberg’s theological methodology confines the scope of propositional revelation to only history (manifestational revelation), Nicholas Wolterstorff’s Divine Discourse limits propositional revelation to only divine speech (nonmanifestational), by reading them dialectically, we can arrive at a viable postfoundationalist position that enables us to understand scriptural authority without succumbing to foundationalist or nonfoundationalist binary.

Uploaded//Published : May 6, 2019 | ERTP Vol 7, 2019, pages, A1-22

Jongseock Shin

‘The Church as a Messianic Fellowship in Jürgen Moltmann’s and Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Public Ecclesiology: Constructing a Holistic and Participatory Pneumatology and Ecclesiology’

||  Pannenberg ||  Moltmann ||  Public Ecclesiology & Pneumatology ||
||  Messianic Fellowship ||  Church & Society||  Non-Violent Resistance ||

In this article, I critically put Jürgen Moltmann and Wolfhart Pannenberg in dialogue as to their understandings of the Creatorship of the Triune God and its implication for the Church’s responsibility to witness and embody the divine life. This article seeks a theologically balanced reconstruction of the notion of divine transcendence and immanence and its implications for the churches’ participation in public advocacy as a witness to the gospel of Christ. In this comparative and constructive work, I argue that the Triune God’s transcendent immanence in creation is not only (self-) revelatory, but also co-suffering yet liberative, and that accordingly, living in compassionate solidarity with the oppressed and the marginalized is determinant to the Church’s identity as a messianic fellowship. The liturgical life of the Church shines forth the reality of the kingdom of God as its sign. At the same time, the Church is to participate in the continuous divine liberation of the world in order to be the authentic body of Jesus Christ. This life of Christians is to be non-violent but resistant to the injustice that stands against the life-affirming Spirit of Christ. it seeks a Christian witness through public advocacy that is grounded in the Trinitarian revelation. ..

Uploaded//Published : June 20, 2019 | ERTP Vol 7, 2019, pages, A23-38

P.H. Brazier

‘“The Tree lies where it Falls:”
A Simpsons’ Eschatology—Towards a Lewisian Understanding
of Eternal Life and Human Rebellion’

||  eschaton ||  telos ||  Forgiveness ||  Determinism ||  Nihilism ||  Evil ||
||  Contradiction ||  Judgement ||  The Fall ||  Righteousness ||  Heaven & Hell ||

This paper is an exercise in theological media studies, examining the telos of humanity. Postmortem status purgatus: the ancient Greeks and Romans held to a truism—what we do in the here-and-now echoes through eternity. What we are, what we make of our life, determines our outcome. Christ’s judgment on us then merely reflects, ontologically, what we have become (this raises questions about Determinism, Compatibilism, and an unhindered free will). This article is a serious, though humorous, examination of heaven and hell, in the form of purgation. We are not necessarily positing a third “place” (purgatory): “The tree lies where it falls” (Eccl 11:3). Postmortem, the person either gets used to being in hell, sinking deeper and deeper into its own evolving demonic depravity; or—as it is shriven in its repentance and regret—it becomes more and more acclimatized to facing God and being in heaven. This is all to be seen in the light of the judgment we will all be resurrected to: de statu hominis post mortem. Therefore this will involve—in the spirit of C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce—a light-hearted consideration of the eschaton in The Simpsons and what this can illustrate about the human condition issuing from the Fall into original sin, balanced by the loving purposes of God’s forgiving judgment. Popular culture may seem an academic irrelevance, but millions of people (along with national and local governments and councils) absorb the religious ideas this popular culture promotes ... yet how seriously should we take all of this? What value is there in facing evil with humour, hell as the absurd contradiction of God’s Word: a surd-like evil, a nihilistic alogos?

Uploaded//Published : June 20, 2019 | ERTP Vol 7, 2019, pages, A39-68

Robb Torseth

‘“Bereft of the Soul:” Biblical and Augustinian Views of Death as they pertain to Measuring the Existential Threat of Transhumanist Anthropological Destiny’

||  Transhumanism ||  Technology ||  Existential Threat ||
||  imago Dei/Image of God ||  Death||  Human Destiny ||

Proponents of the movement known as transhumanism have attempted to view the biological human form as something inherently flawed and therefore something that will inevitably be transcended via a process of technological evolution. As an emergent worldview, a theological interaction and response to transhumanism should be carefully articulated. This study will attempt to first identify the essential elements of transhumanist anthropological destiny, surveying the history and beliefs of prominent transhumanist figures; it will then respond by resourcing the biblical and Augustinian understanding of anthropology and the imago Dei, with particular attention given to their respective categories of death as states of separation as they pertain to measuring transhumanism’s existential threat to humankind.

Uploaded//Published : September 26, 2019 | ERTP Vol 7, 2019, pages, A69-82


Review Article
‘Multidimensional Monism:’
Veli-Matti Kärkäinen’s Proposal for a New Theological Anthropology

Veli-Matti Kärkäinen, Christ and Reconciliation: A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World
Vol. 1, Christ and Reconciliation; Vol. 2, Trinity and Revelation; Vol. 3, Creation and Humanity; Vol. 4, Spirit and Salvation; Vol. 5, Hope and Community.
Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. 2013-2016.

||  Multidimensional monism ||  Theological anthropology ||  Constructive theology ||

Reviewed by Viktor J Tóth

Uploaded/Published : January 1, 2019 | ERTP Vol 7, 2019, pages, RA1-12.

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Review: 2019-01
Karl Barth,
A Unique Time of God: Karl Barth’s WWI Sermons.
Translated and edited by William Klempa
Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2016.

Reviewed by Daniel L. Stevenson, Jr.

Uploaded/Published : January 1, 2019 | ERTP Vol 7, 2019,
pages, BR1-2.

Review: 2019-02
Tommy Givens,
We the People: Israel and the Catholicity of Jesus.
Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2014

Reviewed by Esteban Miranda.

Uploaded/Published : January 1, 2019 | ERTP Vol 7, 2019,
pages, BR3-6.

Review: 2019-03
David Elliot,
Hope and Christian Ethics (New Studies in Christian Ethics)
Cambridge University Press: New York, 2017.

Reviewed by Agnes Chiu.

Uploaded/Published : January 1, 2019 | ERTP Vol 7, 2019,
pages, BR7-10.

Review: 2019-04
Barna Group,
Barna Trends 2018:
What’s New and What’s Next at the Intersection
of Faith and Culture
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. 2017.

Reviewed by Joyce del Rosario.

Uploaded/Published : January 1, 2019 | ERTP Vol 7, 2019, pages, BR11-14.

Review: 2019-05
William C. Mattison III.,
The Sermon on the Mount and Moral Theology:
A Virtue Perspective
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Reviewed by Stephen M. Vantassel.

Uploaded/Published : March 2, 2019 | ERTP Vol 7, 2019,
pages, BR15-16.

Review: 2019-06
P. Travis Kroeker,
Messianic Political Theology and Diaspora Ethics:
Essays in Exile
Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2017.

Reviewed by Aaron Perry.

Uploaded/Published : March 21, 2019 | ERTP Vol 7, 2019,
pages, BR17-20.

Review: 2019-07
William Willimon,
Who Lynched Willie Earle?:
Preaching to Confront Racism
Abingdon: 2017. .

Reviewed by Daniel L. Stevenson, Jr.

Uploaded/Published : June 20, 2019 | ERTP Vol 7, 2019,
pages, BR21-22.


Review: 2019-08
Ian Christopher Levy,
Introducing Medieval Biblical Interpretation:
The Senses of Scripture in Premodern Exegesis
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2018. 306 pages

Reviewed by Emily Buck

Uploaded/Published : June 20, 2019 | ERTP Vol 7, 2019,
pages, BR23-26.

Review: 2019-09
Love L Sechrest, Johnny Ramirez-Johnson, Amos Yong (eds),
Can White People Be Saved? Triangulating Race,
Theology, and Mission (Missiological Engagements)
Inter Varsity Press, 2019.

Reviewed by Dr. Craig Hendrickson

Uploaded/Published : June 20, 2019 | ERTP Vol 7, 2019,
pages, BR27-30.

Review: 2019-10
Robert Louis Wilken
Liberty in the Things of God:
The Christian Origins of Religious Freedom
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2019.

Reviewed by
Brendon Michael Norton

Uploaded/Published : June 26, 2019 | ERTP Vol 7, 2019,
pages, BR31-34.

Review: 2019-11
Kieth D. Stanglin
The Letter and Spirit of Biblical Interpretation:
From the Early Church to Modern Practice
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2018

Reviewed by
Emily Buck

Uploaded/Published : July 17, 2019 | ERTP Vol 7, 2019,
pages, BR35-38.

Review: 2019-12
J.P. Moreland
Scientism and Secularism:
Learning to Respond to a Dangerous Ideology
Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2018

Reviewed by
Kenneth R. Marple

Uploaded/Published : August 12, 2019 | ERTP Vol 7, 2019,
pages, BR39-42.

Review: 2019-013
Thomas R. Schreiner.
Spiritual Gifts: What they are & why they matter
Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group: 2018.

Reviewed by Mark Anderson

Uploaded/Published : October 8, 2019 | ERTP Vol 7, 2019,
pages, BR43-46.