‘Perfectly preserved’?


Islamic missionaries often claim that the Qur’an has been miraculously preserved from alteration, and that its text is exactly the same throughout the world.

Original consistency part II


The Nippur Tablet

 

Dr John Peet compares the Genesis record with other early accounts of origins. What about the content of other ancient documents?

Original consistency


Lascaux cave paintings in France, estimated to be up to 20,000 years old | photo: Vimeo

Lascaux cave paintings in France, estimated to be up to 20,000 years old | photo: Vimeo

Dr John Peet with some facts which indicate the truth of Genesis 1–11

Old Gezer


Solomonic gate at Tel Gezer | photo: www.telgezer.com

Solomonic gate at Tel Gezer | photo: http://www.telgezer.com

 

The last few months have seen an extraordinary number of archaeological discoveries that shed light on the biblical record.
As the dust settles (quite literally!) it will become clearer what may have been misinterpreted and what really adds to our understanding of Scripture. But there is no doubt …

Meet the big guys! (book review)


INTRODUCING MAJOR THEOLOGIANS:Meet the big guys
From the Apostolic Fathers to the Twentieth
Century
By Michael Reeves
IVP. 335 pages. £14.99
ISBN 978 1 783 592 722

Historical theology is a valuable tool for deepening and enriching our understanding of the Christian faith.

While our theology must be based on Scripture as our supreme authority and should also be conversant with the thinking and cultural context of today’s world, we would be foolish to ignore what previous generations have taught. Faithful theology must be deeply informed by the church’s tradition. This is not traditionalism, although that is a constant danger, but rather the way of wisdom as we learn from the best that has been left to us by our forefathers.

However, there is bad and good historical theology. Bad historical theology cherry-picks the bits from the past that we like and that confirm what we think rather than reading the older theologians in their historical context. Sadly there is far too much of that kind of historical theology among evangelicals... (to read more click here)

Kenneth Brownell, senior minister, East London Tabernacle

This article was first published in the February 2016 issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, articles or reviews, visit our website or subscribe to en for regular updates.

Rear view mirror by Michael Haykin: Are you a good historian?


Caleb Evans

Caleb Evans

Every Christian ought to be an informed historian.

Though it was written 200 years ago, Jane Austen’s fiction is still popular, since so much of it still rings true to human experience. In her novel Northanger Abbey (1817), for instance, the heroine Catherine Morland makes a statement that is amazingly prescient about the modern boredom with history.

In Catherine’s words, history ‘tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilences, in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all – it is very tiresome’. Many in the modern world, sadly even Christians, see the past as little more than this: a tiresome account of a few big names with little wisdom to impart for life today. At best, it may offer a couple of hours of entertainment and diversion via a movie or a novel….(to read more click here)

Michael Haykin is Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.

This article was first published in the January 2016 issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, articles or reviews, visit us online or subscribe to en for monthly updates.

Fierce convictions (book review)


FIERCE CONVICTIONS Fierce convictions
The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist
By Karen Swallow Prior
Thomas Nelson. 272 pages. £8.39
ISBN 978 0 718 021 917

Karen Swallow Prior has filled a significant gap in the shelves of Christian biographies with this well researched and engagingly written biography of an extraordinary woman.

Hannah More was well known to Christians in the 19th century, but up till now feminists and social historians were more likely to be familiar with her than the even averagely well-read Christian. So Karen Swallow Prior is to be applauded for bringing this timely story to the attention of today’s embattled church.… (to read more click here)

Sarah Allen,
Hope Church, Huddersfield

This article was first published in the January 2016 issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, articles or reviews, visit our website or subscribe to en for regular updates.