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11.05.2011

Where is discussion of the theory of evolution in Michael Horton's systematic theology?

Michael Horton apparently wanted to engage modern currents in philosophy in his new systematic theology *The Christian Faith*, yet no where in the big book can I find any reference to the theory of evolution.

It's easy to slam these guys, and Horton is on-the-mark regarding biblical doctrine to an unusual degree, yet he does belong to a tradition that also regularly produces Norman Shepherds and Peter Ennss (that would be the plural of Peter Enns), and that is because it is an academic culture before it is a doctrinal school.

Not even mentioning the theory of evolution in his new systematic theology lays Horton open to the fair speculation that he fears more what his academic peers (in the secular realm, which Horton consciously plays to) will think about him than he fears not holding to and proclaiming the truth.

It reminds me of Robert L. Reymond producing a new, big systematic theology and not once mentioning angels in it. (He later wrote a short article on the subject of angels, and methinks he did it as a result of criticism or speculation that he didn't believe in angels).

These guys actually leave other main things out of their systematic theologies. Spiritual warfare being a big one. Yet to not even touch on the theory of evolution, in a systematic theology that *tries* to engage modern currents of thought and belief, is rather strange.

1 Comments:

Blogger c.t. said...

Is spiritual warfare a subject for systematic theology? Well, if practice of the faith is totally separate from knowledge of the faith I suppose not, but I think such big subjects as spiritual warfare and progressive sanctification would benefit greatly from systematic theologians thinking about them, and presenting them...systematically.

November 5, 2011 at 5:51 AM  

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