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Limitations of Evangelical Theology

November 2, 2007

Limitations of Evangelical Theology

1.      Unawareness of culture-boundedness of Western theology that leads to an ethnocentric assertion of unswerving rightness.

2.      Over attachment to those forms of Scripture that are most familiar.

3.      Highly academic and disconnected approach to theology and praxis.

4.      Philosophical presuppositions unbalanced.

5.      Theocentric to the exclusion of human experience. High Christology, weak anthropology.


Contributions of Anthropology

1.      Provides a better understanding of the culture(s) in which and for whom theology is done.

2.      Provides a better understanding of language in general affecting translation work.

3.      Provides insight into the meaning and relevance of cultural forms.

4.      Provides clarity in what should be considered absolute vs. relative.

Adapted from Charles Kraft, Culture, Communication, and Christianity 

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 2, 2007 2:36 pm

    God has been faithful to draw me toward understanding culture in light of theology and the study of culture. It is interesting because in it I am relearning what I knew before I was saved.

    Amazon has this book for $95!! I look forward to hearing more from you on this book. Thanks for saving me some coin brother.

    PS: It was good to visit for a bit yesterday. I am always encouraged and challenge when around you.

  2. November 2, 2007 4:28 pm

    These were pivotal insights for me during seminary. It is good to heed the critique of PM scholars who recognize we all read with bias. Of course, the point isnt to read from some kind of impossible neutral ground, our experiences are important in also appropriating meaning from any text, especially the Bible. As Packer has said, “intellectual honesty consists not in enforcing an impossible neutrality, but in admitting that neutrality is not possible.”

    I am glad you are in Austin.

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