This is an update (2014) on Smith’s earlier edition, A Handbook on Contemporary Theology, published in 1992. These are helpful summaries of various contemporary theological movements and trends. The new version repeats some of the earlier ones with updated material, yet has new additions such as a history of theology from the Enlightenment, theologies of the future, black theology, queer theology, open theism, destiny of the unevangelized, prosperity theology, postmodern, postliberal, and postconservative theologies, and African and Asian theologies. Twenty two years has created a lot of religious confusion in the world! I have two takeaways from the new version (besides much good information and perspective). Smith is more negative toward fundamentalism than he was in the first volume, a disappointment to me. But a positive thing to learn from the new volume is that the syncretization of world religions with Christianity does not produce better Christianity nor any Christianity at all. When that is tried, the additions to Christianity and the subtractions from Christianity leave a Christianity that cannot save at all. The book is expensive but there will soon be deals and used editions that will be worth your while to buy.
Natural DisastersAugust 31, 2017
A number of interesting natural and unnatural things have happened in the last few days. We have seen an amazing solar eclipse which happens only a couple times in most people’s life time. Some people go too far on one side making such an eclipse a biblical sign from God, and others go too far […]
Human Nature, America, and the ChurchApril 29, 2017
America and, therefore, the Christian church are experiencing an upheaval unique to the present age but unlike any phenomenon in recent history. Cultural watchers have described it as post-Christian, post-modern, post-morality, slouching toward Gomorrah, God is dead, and also with Biblical terminology such as the great apostasy, the one-world church, the harlot of Revelation, etc. […]
The Local Church of RevelationOctober 1, 2016
All conservative scholars agree that Revelation is the last book to be added to the canon of sixty six inspired books and that the apostle John is the author. John is given his three-fold division of the book as, “the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall […]