PETER A. LILLBACK - in Vol. 6 No. 2 / Oct 2020
JAMES KURTH - in Vol. 6 No. 2 / Oct 2020
The United States in 2020 is in the midst of its greatest crisis since that of the Great Depression and the Second World War. This crisis is the result of large numbers of Americans, especially elite Americans, abandoning the traditional American religion, which was originally based upon Reformed Protestantism, and replacing it with a new secular religion, which is global progressivism. The determined efforts of these elites to promote this secular and postmodern religion on a global scale ...
BENYAMIN F. INTAN - in Vol. 6 No. 2 / Oct 2020
In 1974, Martin Marty first introduced the term public theology, and it has
since gained popularity. However, the reality of public theology has long
been a part of the church’s witness and should continue to be one of the
church’s essential tasks. John Calvin’s view of public theology has
impacted modern politics, both on the democratic movement and the
development of Western law and human rights. Not a few have accused
him of inhibiting freedom and democratic ideals. Here, I will discuss
JOHN WITTE JR. AND ERIC WANG - in Vol. 6 No. 2 / Oct 2020
This Article Introduces And Illustrates The Public Theology Developed By
Dutch Theologian, Philosopher, And Statesman Abraham Kuyper At The
Turn Of The Twentieth Century. Much Like Pope Leo XIII Transformed
Modern Catholicism With A New Social Teaching Movement Grounded In
Neo-Thomist Thought, Kuyper Transformed Modern Protestantism With A
New Public Theology Grounded In The Reformed Tradition Going Back To
John Calvin. Combining Close Biblical And Catechetical Exegesis With
JONATHAN CHAPLIN - in Vol. 6 No. 2 / Oct 2020
This article argues a theological case for “principled pluralism,” a particular stance regarding the proper attitude of the state towards the plural religious affiliations of its citizens. Its central claim is that the role of the state is both to defend the religious freedom of adherents to all faiths and to maintain a public square equally open to contributions from all faiths without publicly privileging any faith, even Christianity. It develops the argument in critical dialogue with ...
ANTONIUS STEVEN UN - in Vol. 6 No. 2 / Oct 2020
This article systematically describes the principle of sphere sovereignty
according to Abraham Kuyper. Four themes are critically examined: the
sovereignty of Christ as the main basis of Kuyper’s principle and its
relation to creation, fall, and redemption; structural pluralism as the way
of understanding social structure; the notion of religious and confessional
pluralism; finally, the role of the state as the sphere of spheres. A positive
critique of Kuyper’s principle is given in conclusion.
CORY C. BROCK - in Vol. 6 No. 2 / Oct 2020
As a result of the Enlightenment, the privatization of religion, and the
dissociation of theology and the university, public theology has become
a very pertinent topic. While public theology emerged as a discipline in
the 1980s, the neo-Calvinist tradition, led by Abraham Kuyper and
Herman Bavinck, was engaged in public-theological reasoning long
before. Although not using the expression public theology, Bavinck
offers a public theology in multiple ways. For him, it is a theology for and
SEUNG-GOO LEE - in Vol. 6 No. 2 / Oct 2020
In this article, I examine how public theology developed during the last several decades and point out several pitfalls in it. During this examination, I also draw out several ways in which Reformed public theology could be presented to avoid the dangers of public theology. That is, it must be based on Trinitarian theology and must be orthodox in the sense that it should not hold to a pluralistic view of salvation and not be panentheistic in its understanding of the relationship between God ...
JENNIFER PATTERSON - in Vol. 6 No. 2 / Oct 2020
Practical public theology engages questions concerning life together in
a political community. Forming Christians in practical public theology
draws on biblically informed principles and the experience of community
in the church. It fosters a conception of public life that is wider than the
strictly political, enabling responses with the resources and capacities of
spheres beyond government alone. It cultivates a disposition to discern
the multiple theological principles in many concerns of our
M. CHRISTIAN GREEN - in Vol. 6 No. 2 / Oct 2020
The Article Examines Religious Persecution, In The United States And
Abroad, Through The Lens Of An Extreme Result Of Persecution: Martyrdom.
It Examines Maximal And Minimal Definitions Of Martyrdom And Recent
Claims And Instances Of Martyrdom, Both In United States Law And
Political Culture And Against Christian And Other Religious Groups Around
The World. The Article Concludes With Some Principles From Which To
Discern An Ethic Of Martyrdom And Claims Of Martyrdom, Recommending
BOB FU - in Vol. 6 No. 2 / Oct 2020
What theological foundation can best procure, promote, and protect religious freedom for all? If obstacles to securing the peaceful public manifestation of religious faith in the context of the diverse worldviews in the “public square” depend on the state, however, what is next? In China, the Communist Party routinely uses persecution and other tyrannical tactics to eliminate the expression of religious beliefs, making religious freedom appear out of reach. Nevertheless, research projects ...
KIN YIP LOUIE - in Vol. 6 No. 2 / Oct 2020
From June to December of 2019, the normally peaceful streets of Hong Kong were filled with demonstrators and on many occasions with violent clashes between protesters and police. Hong Kong society was rocked by the Anti-Extradition Movement. We will give a brief description of the movement. Then we will describe the ways in which churches and Christians have participated in this movement. Thirdly, we will go into various controversies generated within the churches of Hong Kong. We do not intend
PAUL MARSHALL - in Vol. 6 No. 2 / Oct 2020
Thirty years ago, few in the West were much concerned about blasphemy restrictions which, while sometimes still on the statute books, were usually thought domestically and internationally to be only of historical interest. But, by the end of the twentieth, there were repeated eruptions of violence worldwide in reaction to blasphemy accusations, nearly all in the Muslim-majority world. Even comparatively moderate Indonesia has seen an increase in such accusations. This culminated in 2017 when Aho
ROBERT GEORGE, DAVID VANDRUNEN, PHILIP TACHIN, AND RICHARD J. MOUW - in Vol. 6 No. 2 / Oct 2020
1. How Is Your Position Fitted To Address The Problems Of Public Theology?
2. Does Natural Theology Have A Contribution To Make To Public Theology?
3. How Do You Conceive Of Law And Gospel In Relation To Social Issues?
4. What Is The Role Of Common Grace In The Present Secular Situation In The West?
5. What Would Be The Best Outcome Of The Present Secularization Other Than
6. From Your Point Of View, What Is The Major Problem With Other Positions?
PETER A. LILLBACK - in Vol. 6 No. 2 / Oct 2020
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known by his Hakka Chinese nickname, Ahok,
was born on June 29, 1966. He received his Bachelor of Engineering from Trisakti
University, Jakarta, and his M.B.A. from Prasetiya Mulya, Jakarta. From 1992
to 2005, Ahok worked in corporate business. He was then elected to be Regent of
East Belitung (2005–2006) before becoming a legislator in the Indonesian
People’s Representative Council (DPR; 2009–2012), Deputy Governor of Jakarta
(2012–2014), and Governor of Jakarta (20