Always Reforming

Explorations in Systematic Theology

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Edited by A. T. B. McGowan

Always Reforming
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  • Length: 365 pages
  • Published: March 02, 2007
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  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2829-6
  • Item Code: 2829
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The Reformed churches of the sixteenth century affirmed the need to be semper reformanda--always reforming.

But in the ensuing centuries, some have taken this conviction as a mandate to abandon the departure from received orthodoxy, while others have progressed toward a rigid confessionalism that cements the Reformation itself as a final codification of truth.

Between these extremes is the ongoing need of the church to be always reforming--subjecting its beliefs and practices to the renewed scrutiny of Holy Scripture and restating the truth of Scriptures in ways that faithfully communicate the gospel, advance the mission of the church and empower the people of God.

This collection of essays by senior theologians and edited by A. T. B. McGowan practices what it preaches, mining the whole terrain of systematic theology to refresh, renew and yes, even reform the church for its next season.

This is an amazing collection of "explorations."

Jack C. Whytock, Haddington House Journal, 2008

. . .most suitable as a textbook in a Reformed seminary or graduate school. Vanhoozer's focus on "communicative action" as the means of discourse, in aid of what he calls "triangulation," is congenial.

Linda Maloney, Catholic Books Review, January 2008
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CONTENTS

Contributors
Preface
Introduction

1 The Trinity: Where Do We Go from Here?
Gerald Bray

2 Observations on the Future of System
Stephen Williams

3 Classical Christology?s Future in Systematic Theology
Robert L. Reymond

4 On the Very Idea of a Theological System: An Essay in Aid
of Triangulating Scripture, Church and World
Kevin J. Vanhoozer

5 The Atonement as Penal Substitution
A. T. B. McGowan

6 The Relationship between Biblical Theology and Systematic
Theology
Richard C. Gamble

7 Old Covenant, New Covenant
Henri Blocher

8 Union with Christ: Some Biblical and Theological
Reflections
Richard B. Gaffin, Jr

9 Justification: The Ecumenical, Biblical and Theological
Dimensions of Current Debates
Cornelis P. Venema

10 The Doctrine of the Church in the Twenty-First Century
Derek W. H. Thomas

Index of Names
Index of Biblical References

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The Rev Professor Andrew McGowan is minister of Inverness East Church of Scotland, professor of theology in the University of the Highlands and Islands, and honorary professor in Reformed doctrine at the University of Aberdeen. He was the principal of Highland Theological College from 1994 to 2009. Professor McGowan chairs the Theological Commission of the World Reformed Fellowship, he is president of the Scottish Evangelical Theology Society, and he is chairman of Rutherford House. Professor McGowan’s most recent books are Always Reforming: Explorations in Systematic Theology, editor; The Divine Spiration of Scripture: Challenging Evangelical Perspectives; and The Person and Work of Christ: Understanding Jesus. Andrew is married to June and has three sons.

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