TC ERT October 2015 Vol 39 No 4


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Theme: Relationships


  1. Salvation Belongs to the Lord: Evangelical Consensus in Dialogue with Roman Catholicism by Leonardo De Chirico
  2. Secularization: A New Testament Perspective by Judith L. Hill
  3. A Biblical Basis for Reducing Extreme Disparity in Property Ownership by Clive and Cara Beed
  4. William Ames and His Contribution to Evangelical Theology by Billy Kristanto
  5. ‘Discerning the Obedience of Faith’ A history of the Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance 2nd edition Part II by David Parker
  6. Book Reviews
  7. Index

Editorial: Relationships

In this final issue for the year, we focus on some aspects of the important relationships involved in the Christian life. First of all, Leonardo De Chirico (Italy) updates us on developments in dialogue between Evangelicals and the Roman Catholic Church, using the key concept of salvation as the thread to understand the story; following an explanation of the biblical background, the article covers various evangelical statements and then examines the status of this doctrine in some key dialogues.

Then we turn to relationships with the world as Judith Hill (CAR) discusses secularization – an issue which, as the author points out, is ‘an absolute necessity’ for some, while for others it is ‘anathema.’ The article offers some definitions (‘moving away from a religious worldview’) and examples from various parts of the New Testament, concluding with ‘advice’ for both individuals and churches suggesting that it is possible and necessary to live Christianly in a modern secular world and make a positive contribution to the community.

Next we look at a Christian’s relationship with property, as joint authors, Clive and Cara Beed (Australia), review biblical teaching to show that ‘Jesus intend[s] property ownership to be widespread, that extreme disparities are to be alleviated, and that property should be distributed reasonably evenly, which does not mean equally.’ Their discussion, which covers topics such as quity in ownership, private property, housing and employment, highlights a number of highly relevant issues facing people today and includes references toways in which problems related to this topic can be tackled.

The last paper on this theme is much more theological, being an exposition of the theology of Puritan theologian, William Ames. However, in the course of discussion, the author, Billy Kirstanto (Indonesia/Singapore), does show how his subject relates to later theological voices which build on those who proceeded them as well as making improvements and modifications in the light of their own context and convictions; he also shows how particular doctrines are related to other important beliefs to create an integrated body of faith.

We conclude with the second part of the Editor’s recent updated history of the World Evangelical Alliance’s Theological Commission which publishes this journal, and an expanded section of book reviews drawn from various sources, along with our Index for this volume.

Thomas Schirrmacher, General Editor
David Parker, Executive Editor