Recovering Classic Evangelicalism: Applying the Wisdom and Vision of Carl F. H. Henry

The startling expansion of the evangelical movement has resulted in the lack of a coherent focus, common mission, and robust doctrinal core, and consequently the American church has struggled to effectively engage the modern world Theologian and philosopher Gregory Alan Thornbury suggests that a renewed study of Carl F H Henry, one of the original architects of the modeThe startling expansion of the evangelical movement has resulted in the lack of a coherent focus, common mission, and robust doctrinal core, and consequently the American church has struggled to effectively engage the modern world Theologian and philosopher Gregory Alan Thornbury suggests that a renewed study of Carl F H Henry, one of the original architects of the modern evangelical movement, will help chart a new course for the next generation of evangelical theologians, pastors, and church leaders The book explores topics such as the lost world of classic evangelicalism, epistemology, inerrancy, culture, institutions, and evangelism Henry s life and work are timelier than ever, providing crucial insights for a renewed vision of the church s place in modern society.
Recovering Classic Evangelicalism Applying the Wisdom and Vision of Carl F H Henry The startling expansion of the evangelical movement has resulted in the lack of a coherent focus common mission and robust doctrinal core and consequently the American church has struggled to effec

  • Title: Recovering Classic Evangelicalism: Applying the Wisdom and Vision of Carl F. H. Henry
  • Author: Gregory Alan Thornbury
  • ISBN: 9781433530623
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. And what a wonderful book this was. It was so good that I was halfway braced for him to wreck it in the backstretch. So much good here.

    2. This book will help anyone become conversant with Henry's key ideas, as well as with the historical context of his own work. Thornbury works to show us how Henry's belief in the intellectual fortitude of evangelicalism properly informs our impetus for cultural engagement today in that at its core, the focus upon the necessity of the Scriptures for understanding truth along with the centrality of redemption provides us with a worldview that meets the great need for meaning in our times. The retre [...]

    3. Just read Greg Thornbury's "Recovering Classic Evangelicalism: Applying the Wisdom and Vision of Carl F. H. Henry." If I am asked, Evangelical Christian is my primary self-identification. But defining Evangelicalism has become problematic these days. It covers anything from Open Theists like Greg Boyd to modern day modalists like TD Jakes to Word of Faith leaders such as Kenneth Copeland. Scholars see the genesis of the movement in the ministry of George Whitefield in the early 1700s in his tran [...]

    4. My biggest takeaways for this book is how Thornbury portrays Carl F.H. Henry's view of the Bible and how the gospel was to influence Culture. An intellectual “old-school” way of describing God’s revelation with his 15 theses found in his volume entitled "God, Revelation and Authority: God Who Speaks and Shows, Fifteen Theses, Part One" is insightful. Gregory Thornbury spends a good amount of pages on Henry’s view of inerrancy. Nowadays, it is refreshing to read about a certainty one can [...]

    5. I enjoy reading this book. I had never truly been introduced to the life and thought of Dr. Carl F. H. Henry. I had heard about him before and knew that he was one of the people who brought Dr. Mark Dever to Capitol Hill Baptist Church. I knew that he founded 'Christianity Today' and was one of the evangelical forbearers of the 20th century but still had not read him. This book gave me a desire to know Henry more. I'm grateful that Dr. Thornbury wrote this book. The purpose of this book was to r [...]

    6. If you've never read Henry as a primary source, this will be a helpful, interpretive primer not only to the Carl F.H. Henry corpus but also (and more importantly) to Henry's vision, as the subtitle suggests. Thornbury is "a fan" and seeks to make Henry "cool again." And after reading this tome, Thornbury is the right man for the task of throwing back the dusty curtains of the forsaken Henry room in the Evangelical "castle."

    7. At a later point in my life I'll give this 5 stars. It was too precise and academic for me, in my current understanding of the evangelical theology. The author, who is an exhilarating lecturer, uses a vocabulary that is 400-level, as well as references to philosophers by last name only and I was left in the dust. Now, the core message of the book around a social critique of evangelicalism and how we should stop critiquing ourselves was awesome. Thornbury nailed it. Just needed some help to get [...]

    8. When I finished this book I wanted to sit, think, and reflect on its message (though I'm usually eager to move on to the next book). The thrust of Thornbury's argument is that evangelicalism must recover its philosophical and epistemological roots, roots that Carl F.H. Henry tried to send deep into the soil of the movement. Cut loose from those roots, the doctrines we cherish are in danger of being cast off and we lack a comprehensive worldview that can answer the fundamental questions that are [...]

    9. *Disclaimer* Dr. Thornbury was my academic adviser during my undergraduate work at Union University. My best friend and another good friend both worked as his research assistants during the writing of this book. Nonetheless, I have attempted to approach this book objectively.Dr. Thornbury has written a great book. Thornbury sees contemporary evangelicalism as a weakened and watered down version of the radical movement that Carl Henry started. Each chapter begins with a lengthy exposition of Carl [...]

    10. Taking Carl F Henry's neglected "God, Revelation and Authority" as its point of departure, Thornbury shows how Henry helps Christians answer the vital questions of "Is this stuff actually true? How would we know?"Thornbury presents in an accessible way Henry's argument that Christianity depends on God revealing himself, clearly, truthfully and trustworthily, by infallible scripture, and brings philosophical muscle to the debate. He shows how Henry engaged with philosophers such as Kant and Heide [...]

    11. This book is clearly not intended for the casual reader. Many parts of it are only understandable to the person with an advanced degree in theology or philosophy, or both, neither of which I am. Nevertheless, it was a worthwhile read, though a difficult slog at points. I particularly appreciated his chapters on inerrancy and culture. In spite of its highly academic nature, I would readily recommend it to someone who wishes to have a better understanding of where Evangelicalism is wandering from [...]

    12. I recall reading a section of Henry's God, Revelation, and Authority for an assignment in Systematic Theology during my first semester of seminary. I found that section so helpful that I began to piece together a hardback set of God, Revelation, and Authority during my seminary years. Despite disagreements on apologetic method, ecclesial strategy, etc I've found Henry very much worth reading.Gregory Alan Thornbury is of the same mind, and yet finds Henry too neglected, and even misrepresented, b [...]

    13. It's an excellent piece. As a minister, I think Christian leaders need to weigh the implications of what Thornbury and his colleagues (e.g. Moore, Mohler) are proposing that seems to extend beyond just cultural engagement—they want to shape culture by political and social means—but at what cost and what end? Is their evangelical thrust the solution to reclaiming America for God? As a nondenominational conservative who is often lumped into the evangelical category (perhaps imprecisely), I am [...]

    14. I really liked this book, especially the chapters on Inerrancy and Culture.Thornbury essentially summarizes Henry's "God, Revelation, and Authority," and "The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism," and applies a modern appraisal and slight critique. It's impressive and should stand as a rally call for evangelicals, especially those who are unwitting fundamentalists.I loved the chapter on culture because it showed how 20th-cent evangelicals divorced social justice and spirituality from one [...]

    15. With so many wondering what evangelicalism is, Thornbury makes it plain. It's astonishing to think that a man so scholarly yet practical as Carl Henry founded Christianity Today. The book begins in thick material--epistemology, theology and nuances of inerrancy and the follies of abandoning it. All this is very good and informative, foundational stuff for sound faith and life. Then he really gets into the full-orbed vision for culture and mission. Evangelicalism isn't confined to pulpits and cla [...]

    16. Fantastic. I found myself over and over seeing things that I believed and not really knowing why I believed them explained clearly in this book. This book was difficult however. In the section on hermeneutics, Thornbury throws around the names of phenomenologists as though everyone knows every aspect of their theorizing which unfortunately in my case was not true. Regardless, a good read and one I would recommend.

    17. It delves more into contemporary theological debates than I expected, but it's always a plus to learn of a largely unknown landscape. Nonetheless, I think I've highlighted passages from every single page because the book contained so many interesting points.

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