Do changing perspectives trample tradition? Since the 16th century, the Reformation's call to be semper reformanda - always reforming - has led some to abandon received orthodoxy. Others have progressed toward rigid confessionalism. These essays by eleven distinguished Reformed theologians traverse the full terrain of systematic theology to help refresh and renew the present and future church.
The Reformed churches of the sixteenth century affirmed the need to be semper reformanda--always reforming. But in the ensuing centuries, some have taken this conviction as a mandate to abandon the departure from received orthodoxy, while others have progressed toward a rigid confessionalism that cements the Reformation itself as a final codification of truth. Between these extremes is the ongoing need of the church to be always reforming--subjecting its beliefs and practices to the renewed scrutiny of Holy Scripture and restating the truth of Scriptures in ways that faithfully communicate the gospel, advance the mission of the church and empower the people of God. This collection of essays by senior theologians and edited by A. T. B. McGowan practices what it preaches, mining the whole terrain of systematic theology to refresh, renew and yes, even reform the church for its next season.
A. T. B. McGowan is principal of Highland Theological College, adjunct professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and a visiting professor of theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He also serves as vice president of World Reformed Fellowship.
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