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of Theology and Politics Vol. 6, 2018


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The Evangelical Review ~ Vol. 6, 2018

Contents ~ Pagination


Tanksley and Schaich


Sochanngam Shirik


Zach Doppelt


David Thang Moe


Stephen M. Vantassel


David Muthumukar S.


Review Articles

Richard Flashman


Raphael Lataster


Book Reviews

Review of Jipp


Review of McDermott


Review of Sabella


Review of Boda


Review of Megoran


Review of Fuenates & Aku
Visala (eds.)


Review of Klingbeil (ed.)


Review of Smith


Review of Moo


Review of Lutzer


Review of Lilley and Pedersen (eds.)


Review of Levering


Review of Loftin & Farris (eds.)


Review of Smith, Lalitha & Hawk (eds.)


The Evangelical Review

of Theology & Politics

Volume 6, 2018

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. 6, 2018


Richard Tanksley and Marlin Schaich,
‘Marxist Parallels With The Seven Mountain Mandate’

||  Seven Mountain Mandate ||  New Apostolic Reformation ||
||  Althusser ||  Societal Change ||  Marxist ||  Cultural Hegemony ||

The Seven Mountain Mandate (SMM), a teaching recently promoted by Christian leaders typically associated with the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), shares similarities with earlier Marxist conceptions of cultural hegemony developed by Antonio Gramsci and Louis Althusser. While each of the two groups directs its followers to strive for antithetical goals, the strategies of both groups to achieve societal change is uncannily similar. These commonalities include the identification of a nearly identical set of change agents that promote a radical conversion of culture. The spheres of influence that both groups target include: religion, family, education, media, government (politics and legal), business (trade unions), and media (arts and entertainment). The historical origins and emergence of these seven spheres, along with their tactical adjustments, are revealed through examples of tactics to control two societal realms, education and business, in both Marxist and Christian literature. The parallels discovered between the Christian and Marxist tactics examined imply a need for broader study of the SMM to reduce confusion and to more fully understand uniquely Christian transformation of society.

Uploaded//Published : January 1, 2018 | ERTP Vol 6, 2018, pages, A1-18

Sochanngam Shirik,
‘The Battle for Inerrancy: How the Doctrine of Inerrancy is Affecting Christian Relationships and Missions’

||  Inerrancy and Mission ||  Doctrine of Inerrancy ||  Reformed Christians ||
||  Infallibility ||  Evangelical Theological Society ||  Southern Baptist ||

Christians have often turned to the Bible to justify their battle, whether physical, as is the case with the Crusades; theological, as with the Ecumenical Councils; or ecclesiastical, as in the Reformation period. Today one such battle that has come to the forefront for the North American Reformed Conservative Evangelicals (RCEs) is doctrinal. As in the case of previous battles, this doctrinal fight is deeply rooted in the way the Scripture is being perceived and interpreted. This paper identifies what may be the most significant doctrinal battleground for the RCEs, and explores the rationale that promulgates the conflict. This essay argues that one’s perspective on the Bible affects the way mission is undertaken. More specifically, one’s view and interpretation of the Bible will determine which doctrinal battles are worth fighting for and why, how such battle affects the posture of relationship to others and how it affects the way mission is conceived and executed.

Uploaded//Published : Februay 10, 2018 | ERTP Vol 6, 2018, pages, A19-34

Zach Doppelt,
‘Kingdom of Grace and Kingdom of Glory:
A Reassessment of Historic Views of Christ’s Kingdom’

||  Historic Premillennialism ||  Dispensationalism ||  Kingdom of Grace ||
||  Kingdom of Grace ||  Kingdom of Glory ||  Patristics ||
||  Reformation ||  Eschaton ||

Those who hold to a premillennial hermeneutic of the eschaton have espoused two main interpretations, dispensationalism and historic premillennialism, with the former largely displaced by the latter. This article presents the case that a third option deserves attention as the true “historic” premillennial interpretation (and even connects to certain amillennial thought processes). And, based on the language of various authors, this interpretation may be called the “kingdom of grace/kingdom of glory” paradigm. In order to demonstrate this thesis, the article will begin with a description of historic premillennialism as the main view considered as that of premillennial writers throughout the ages, then the article will then evaluate extensive quotations of post reformation and patristic authors. Finally, key biblical citations will be evaluated briefly. Within the thematic material of these quotations, contrasts from other premillennial views will be noted.

Uploaded//Published : March 21, 2018 | ERTP Vol 6, 2018, pages, A35-44

David Thang Moe,
‘Toward a Perichoretic Trinitarian Theology of Religions:
A Response to Amos Yong, Harold Netland and Gerald McDermott’

|| Perichoretic Trinity || Son and Spirit ||
Two Hands || Revelation|| Salvation ||
|| Mission || Church ||

The aim of this paper is to interact with the methodologies of evangelical trinitarian theology of religions developed by three leading evangelical theologians—Amos Yong, Harold Netland and Gerald McDermott. I will show how they converge and diverge with the strength and weakness of each. I will conclude the paper by proposing a perichoretic trinitarian theology of religions and expand their ideas from a trinitarian and kenotic ecclesiological perspective that is rooted in a perichoretic drama of the Father’s sending of the Son and the Spirit as two hands within a single economic mission of salvation.

Illustration: Anton Rublev, ‘The Trinity,’ 15th century, after the three angels that visited Abraham at the Oaks of Mamre - Genesis 18:1-15.

Uploaded//Published : April 29, 2018 | ERTP Vol 6, 2018, pages, A45-68

Stephen M. Vantassel,
‘A Pastoral-Theological Assessment of the Conflict Between Atheistic Evolution, Creationism, and Scripture’

||  Biblical Hermeneutics ||  Creationism ||  Darwinian Evolution ||  Pastoral Theology ||

Atheistic evolution and creationism have been in conflict since Darwin’s work in the 1800s. This paper reviews the fundamental concepts and assumptions underlying both positions and discusses how faithful Christians should frame the controversy. Suggestions for how pastors should handle the controversy in their respective churches is also provided.

Uploaded//Published : June 16, 2018 | ERTP Vol 6, 2018, pages, A69-86

David Muthukumar S.,
‘“Joy to the World”:
Understanding the Event of “God Becoming Human” through a Gadamerian Hermeneutic’

||  Christology ||  Linguistic Turn ||  Gadamer and Incarnation ||
||  Word Becoming Flesh ||  Joy ||  God’s Self-Communication ||

The “linguistic turn” in the philosophy of language, since the beginning of twentieth-century, has ascertained that all our cognitive consciousness are linguistically constituted and hence debunked any notion of pre-reflective consciousness. This paper will argue that, as a revelatory event, the meaning of the incarnation of Jesus Christ as God’s self-communicative act can be better construed through the use of the philosophical understanding of the “linguistic turn”. In this endeavour, the reflections on the event of Incarnation by Hans-Georg Gadamer, who sees it as an epitome of linguistic philosophy, are employed. The author contends that this could provide a fresh impetus to understand the mystery of the divine incarnation as linguistically-mediated God’s communicative act toward creation. Also, it helps one to understand that such a divine communication accommodates the limitations of human linguistic phenomenon. And, as within the divine economy, the two theological foci—incarnation and atonement—capture the whole essence of Jesus Christ’s person and work, the significance of Christ’s atonement as a redemptive act of God can be better understood as God’s continuing speech-act to invite humanity for a participation in the proleptic joy of God’s fellowship.

Uploaded//Published : September 11, 2018 | ERTP Vol 6, 2018, pages, A87-102


Review Article
‘Christ, Israel … and a Palestinian Cry: A Review Essay’

Katanacho, Yohanna. The Land of Christ A Palestinian Cry.
Eugene: Pickwick Publications, 2013.

||  Jesus Christ ||  Israel ||  Palestine ||  Replacement Theology ||
||  The Palestinian Kairos Document ||  The Kingdom of God ||
||  Two-State Solution ||  Arab-Israeli Conflict ||

Reviewed by Richard Flashman

Uploaded/Published : January2, 2018 | ERTP Vol 6, 2018, pages, RA1-6.

Review Article
‘Muslims and Non-Muslims: Not all Differences are Fabricated, or Arbitrary’

Steven W. Ramey (editor), Fabricating Difference. Sheffield: Equinox, 2017

Rumy Hasan, Religion and Development in the Global South. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

John Safran, Depends What You Mean by Extremist: Going Rogue with Australian Deplorables. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2017

William E. Arnal, Willi Braun, Russell T. McCutcheon (editors), Failure and Nerve in the Academic Study of Religion: Essays in Honor of Donald Wiebe. Sheffield: Equinox, 2012.

||  Islam ||  Islamaphobia ||  Muslims ||
||  Non-Muslims ||  Western Norms ||  Multiculturalism ||

Reviewed by Raphael Lataster

Uploaded/Published : October 20, 2018 | ERTP Vol 6, 2018, pages, RA7-18.

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Joshua Jipp, Saved by Faith and Hospitality,
Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2017.
Reviewed by Anthony Royle.

Uploaded/Published : January 1, 2018 | ERTP Vol 6, 2018, pages, BR1-4.

Gerald R. McDermott (editor), The New Christian Zionism:
Fresh Perspectives on Israel and the Land
Downer’s Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2016.
Reviewed by Mitch Glaser.

Uploaded/Published : January 1, 2018 |
ERTP Vol 6, 2018, pages, BR5-8.

Jeremy L. Sabella, An American Conscience:
The Reinhold Niebuhr Story
Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2017.
Reviewed by Daniel Salyers.

Uploaded/Published : January 1, 2018 |
ERTP Vol 6, 2018, pages, BR9-12.

Mark J. Boda, The Heartbeat of Old Testament Theology:
Three Creedal Expressions
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, a division of
Baker Publishing Group, 2017.
Reviewed by Corey Wilson.

Uploaded/Published : January 1, 2018 |
ERTP Vol 6, 2018, pages, BR13-16.

Nick Megoran, Warlike Christians in an Age of Violence:
The Evangelical Case Against War and for the Gospel of Peace
Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, Cascade Books, 2017.
Reviewed by Stephen M. Vantassel.

Uploaded/Published : January 1, 2018 |
ERTP Vol 6, 2018, pages, BR17-20.

Augustín Fuenates and Aku Visala, ed.,
Verbs, Bones, and Brains:Interdisciplinary Perspectives
on Human Nature.
Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017
Reviewed by Viktor Toth.

Uploaded/Published : January 25, 2018 |
ERTP Vol 6, 2018, pages, BR21-24.

Gerald A. Klingbeil, ed., The Genesis Creation Account
and Its Reverberations in the Old Testament.
Berrien Springs, MI: Andrews University Press, 2016
Reviewed by Viktor Toth.

Uploaded/Published : March 24, 2018 |
ERTP Vol 6, 2018, pages, BR25-26.

James K. A. Smith.
Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology
(Cultural Liturgies Volume 3).

Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2017.

Reviewed by Joshua Beckett.

Uploaded/Published : April 28, 2018 |
ERTP Vol 6, 2018, pages, BR27-30.

Douglas J. Moo, and Jonathan A. Moo.
Creation Care: A Biblical Theology of the Natural World.
Biblical Theology for Life

Edited by Jonathan Lunde. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2018
Reviewed by Stephen M. Vantassel.

Uploaded/Published : April 28, 2018 |
ERTP Vol 6, 2018, pages, BR31-34.

Erwin W. Lutzer.
Hitler’s Cross: How the Cross Was Used
to Promote the Nazi Agenda

Chicago, Moody Publishers, 2016.

Reviewed by Judith C. P. Lin.

Uploaded/Published : June 18, 2018 |
ERTP Vol 6, 2018, pages, BR35-36.

Christopher Lilley and Daniel Pedersen (editors).
Human Origins and the Image of God:
Essays in Honor of J. Wentzel van Huyssteen

Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2017.

Reviewed by David Muthukumar S.

Uploaded/Published : July 29, 2018 |
ERTP Vol 6, 2018, pages, BR37-40.

Matthew Levering.
Engaging the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit:
Love and Gift in the Trinity and the Church.
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2016.
Reviewed by Stephen M. Vantassel.
[ This replaces a previous review ]

Uploaded/Published : [ September 6, 2019 ] |
ERTP Vol 6, 2018, pages, BR41-42.

R. Keith Loftin and Joshua R. Farris,, eds.,
Christian Physicalism?: Philosophical Theological Criticisms.
Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018.

Reviewed by Viktor Toth.

Uploaded/Published : September 19, 2018 |
ERTP Vol 6, 2018, pages, 43-46.

Kay Higuera Smith, Jayachitra Lalitha, and L. Daniel Hawk,, eds.,
Evangelical Postcolonial Conversations:
Global Awakenings in Theology and Praxis.
Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2014.

Reviewed by Christopher The.

Uploaded/Published : October 20, 2018 |
ERTP Vol 6, 2018, pages, 47-50.