You may have not heard his name, but Carl F. H. Henry has dramatically and directly impacted YOU. He may be one of the least known Christian thinker in modern Christianity, yet he wielded huge cultural influence in his time. I would like to do my part to remedy this short-sightedness.
I am increasingly loving what I learn about this man. He lived from 1913-2003 and was on the cutting edge of defining what it meant to be an Evangelical, in a time when you were either a Liberal or a Fundamentalist.
As Liberals were rejecting the Bible and Fundamentalists were retreating from society, Henry stood tall and proclaimed there is a way to be Biblically faithful and culturally relevant! Thus the birth of the Evangelical movement.
What Billy Graham was in the pubic eye, Carl Henry was in the Academic eye. Henry put biblical Christianity back on the map of scholarly thinking.
At the urging of his friend Billy Graham, Henry was the founding editor of Christianity Today. He was on the founding faculty of Fuller Theological Seminary. He signed the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy along with James Montgomery Boice, J.I. Packer, Francis Schaeffer and R.C. Sproul, to mention a few.
Henry wrote some impactful books that shaped our understanding of church and life. The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism, and his magnum opus, God, Revelation, and Authority are two major titles.
Today you can learn more about Carl F. H. Henry through several means:
It is my goal to get to know this great leader within the Evangelical heritage, and I encourage you to do the same!
Dr. Russell Moore presents a great little comparison the terms “evangelical” and “fundamental” using the filter of Halloween. If you have a hard time understanding the nuances in these christian circles, I think this helps. And it is pretty accurate!
See the original article here.
The Halloween spectrum within Evangelical Christianity:
- An evangelical is a fundamentalist whose kids dress up for Halloween.
- A conservative evangelical is a fundamentalist whose kids dress up for the church’s “Fall Festival.”
- A confessional evangelical is a fundamentalist whose kids dress up as Zwingli and Bucer for “Reformation Day.”
- A revivalist evangelical is a fundamentalist whose kids dress up as demons and angels for the church’s Judgment House community evangelism outreach.
- An Emerging Church evangelical is a fundamentalist who has no kids, but who dresses up for Halloween anyway.
- A fundamentalist is a fundamentalist whose kids hand out gospel tracts to all those mentioned above.
One year ago today, July 27th, 2011 the humble preacher, author, and theologian John Stott passed away. I want to take this article, just in case you have never heard of this man, to reflect on some of his legacy.
Some of my favorite Stott quotes:
- Every Christian should be both conservative and radical; conservative in preserving the faith and radical in applying it.
- Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us.
- His authority on earth allows us to dare to go to all the nations. His authority in heaven gives us our only hope of success. And His presence with us leaves us with no other choice.
- The truth is that there are such things as Christian tears, and too few of us ever weep them.
As described in an obituary by Christianity Today, Stott was “An architect of 20th-century evangelicalism [who] shaped the faith of a generation.” When he passed away the BBC referred to him as someone who could “explain complex theology in a way lay people could easily understand”. Billy Graham said of him, “The evangelical world has lost one of its greatest spokesmen, and I have lost one of my close personal friends and advisors. I look forward to seeing him again when I go to Heaven.”
An incredibly influential work that John Stott wrote was “The Cross of Christ”. At a time when a substitutionary view of the Atonement of Christ was under attack, Stott addressed the issue with grace and truth. Of this book J. I. Packer stated, “No other treatment of this supreme subject says so much so truly and so well.”
While Stott has some theological differences from myself, [for rarely (if ever) can you agree with every single belief of another man], I respect his heart for Christ and the legacy of biblical passion he has left behind for evangelicalism. I pray that more teachers of the faith will rise up like him and shake our generation as he shook his.
Your fellow worker in the field, Adam