>From Christianity Today:
State of the Society by Collin HansenActing president of Evangelical Theological Society talks about ‘momentary crisis,’ previews annual meeting.
A short Q&A with acting ETS president, Hassell Bullock of Wheaton College.
>John Mark, I read your blog post on the matter and I agree. Bullock said, “Since the doctrine of justification was the “watchword” of the Reformation, and thus the one doctrine, perhaps above all others, by which Protestantism distinguishes itself from its Catholic and Orthodox communions, it is only wise that we should talk about it and try to understand why our understanding distinguishes us from other Christian brothers and sisters.”And you replied,”If the doctrine of justification doesn’t matter so that the Gospel isn’t affected in anyway and we’re all brothers and sisters in Christ then why couldn’t Beckwith stay? What difference would it really make?”Bullock’s statement, while irenic, is tremendously weak. I recently attended a Q&A with Dr. D. Jeffrey Bingham here at Dallas Seminary and he clearly stated that ETS (emphasis on the “E”) is very much a NON-Roman organization. We better not be “trying to understand why our understanding distinguishes us” from Rome, we better already know why and be willing to state the differences clearly. On what basis is Bullock indiscriminantly calling Catholics and Orthodox “brothers and sisters”? What is the point of unity for him if the respective views of justification between Evangelicals, Catholics, & Orthodox are merely incidental? What is a Christian? What is the Gopsel? At what cost unity? These are questions we should be asking ourselves. Thanks for stopping by!Jeff
>Based on reading that article I don’t think justification really matters much at ETS. Maybe Beckwith shouldn’t have resigned since it seems that nothing significantly theologically changed.Mark
>I’m reading J.P. Moreland, who’s mentioned in the top link, and I imagine I’ll write up a brief review when I’m done.
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