Post-Conservative Evangelcalism

Olson writes about the difference between conservative & post-conservative evangelicalism:

As I observed evangelical theology and theologians over the years I discovered a deep divide between two types and two groups identified with each type. One type and the theologians associated with it believe that the constructive task of theology is finished—forever. The only tasks of theology are re-statement of what was constructed by theologians such as Hodge and critique of alternatives.

The other type of evangelical theology and the theologians associated with it believe that the constructive task of theology is never finished because God always has new light to break forth from his word and because the church and theology should be “reformed and always reforming.”

Two examples of postconservative evangelical theology come to mind: Clark Pinnock’s (and others’) “openness of God” view and N. T. Wright’s “new interpretation of Paul.” Both depart from tradition but only because they believe fresh and faithful interpretation of Scripture requires it.

I regard myself as firmly post-evangelical. God’s truth is bigger than all our feeble attempts to encapsulate it. As our milieu changes, so must our formulations, applications, & expressions of that truth.

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