Theological News Jan 2011 Vol 40 No 1



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TC Chairman Reflects on the Public Impact of Faith

Looking back on the last three months, I am amazed how evangelical theology more and more becomes part of public life. Three of us visited the Vatican for two days (and nights) discussing the code of ethics for mission. The theologians we met ranged from very conservative to very liberal, a much broader spectrum than WEA (or even WCC!).

In New York and Vienna, I fought the proposition against ‘Defamation of religion' proposed by the Muslim states in the UN and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) together with the official representatives of the Vatican to UN and OSCE. A lot of theology is involved here!

In Nepal I had the chance to hear reports from evangelical leaders as well as the Catholic archbishop about two years of religious freedom in the country. The first Asian TEE conference in 25 years was a remarkable experience. I also lectured at the State University in Kathmandu on 'fundamentalism' with hundreds of Hindu students listening. At the same time studying and seeing a temple with a 'living goddess' of seven years of age was a shocking experience, reminding me of Acts 17 and the need to preach the one and only living God and Creator! (continues)

Developments in Inter-Church Fellowship Involving Evangelicals

The Global Christian Forum (GCF) reports that in November 2010, seventy participants from mainline, evangelical and Pentecostal churches met at the Yoido Full Gospel Church, Seoul, Korea for a regional Global Christian Forum. Sharing their faith stories and reflecting on Christian unity, they agreed on the need to clarify the meaning of ecumenism, discussed interreligious dialogue and cooperation and looked at the possibilities for the GCF movement in Asia. The full text of the document issued by the meeting is available on request from (continues....)

Peace Studies offered in Asia

The Asia Graduate School of Theology which is part of the Asia Theological Association has announced the availability of a new program in Peace Studies. In a recent statement, the sponsors explain, ‘To work through the emotions and issues of conflict, ministry leaders need deep biblical insight, strong Spirit-led hearts, effective practical tools, and culturally sensitive wisdom. This kind of training is available in the newly expanded Peace Studies program of AGST-Philippines. Forged in partnership with Peacemaker Ministries ( and hosted by the International Graduate School of Leadership (Manila), the innovative joint degree format offers three exit points: the Th.M., the D.Min., or the Ph.D. in Peace Studies.’(continues....)

Evangelical World Mourns Loss of Three Influential Theologians

Three theologians who have influenced generations of students have died recently in North America. They are Dr Donald G Bloesch, Emeritus Professor of Theology at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dr Vernon Grounds, Chancellor of Denver Seminary and Dr Clark Pinnock, formerly Professor of Systematic Theology at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.