Academic journal article Theological Studies

Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Evangelical Theology

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Evangelical Theology

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Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Evangelical Theology. By Michael F. Bird. Grand Rapids, Ml: Zondervan, 2013. Pp. 912. $49.99.

Bird claims to be a "mere evangelical" (24) and a "catholic evangelical" (24-25). The theology he articulates justifies his claim. One finds here nothing of narrow fundamentalism that makes a pope out of every Bible reader; nor does one hear a whisper of the disdain that many from free churches hold toward the pioneers of the church in the post-apostolic ages.

B. chose the ageless gospel of Christ to be the "helm" (21) that steers his path through the conventional theological themes. This choice avoids the cultural accommodation that renders a theology inadequate to face the challenges of a changing world. B., a New Testament scholar now lecturing in theology, has sought to "strike a balance between biblical exposition and engagement with contemporary theological debate" (21). He has applied this pattern throughout: Scripture, hard questions, various positions, critiques, and conclusions.

I found the 109 pages devoted to ecclesiology to be of utmost interest. B.'s treatment is comprehensive and hard-hitting. It challenges readers of every ecclesial persuasion. …

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