The Boston Collaborative Encyclopedia of Modern Western Theology
Donald G. Bloesch: Mann Quick Notes (Mark Mann, 1997)
Mark Mann, 1997
Identifies his theology as "progressive evangelicalism": seeks continuity with early church and with the Reformers; not synonymous with emotionalism or scholasticism, but heartily embraces personal transformation of life and mind through Christ
His practical methodology: criticizes both conservative and liberal ends of the theological spectrum, attempting to find a safe middle ground between them
The purpose of theology: fides quarens intellectum: one cannot understand Gods world, will and way until one has first been tranformed and given faith by Gods Spirit which then provides the light that opens one up to God and enables one to plumb the depths of understanding God as far as is humanly possible
Two great dangers to faith and theology:
His method: "Fideistic Revelationism"
Scripture: it is not a set of divinely revealed propositions: this elevates humans words to divine status and robs the majesty of God; scripture is the instrument or medium of revelation (like a light bulb but not the light itself; scripture is inspired, and it is infallible (he does not like the word innerency: the Bible is not faultless but it is incapable of teaching deception
He believes that the single biggest challenge of the contemporary theological scene is the erosion of transcendence, that Christian faith is being co-opted by the ideologies of both the left and the right, and he calls for a new evangelical confessionalism not unlike the Confessing Church in Germany which would oppose any loyalty that challenges loyalty to the Triune God
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