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:
- Christianity Today’s compilation of articles
- The Henry Center for Theological Understanding
- @CarlHenryDaily – a daily twitter feed of Carl Henry reference cited quotes
- Gregory Thornbury’s excellent book- Recovering Classic Evangelicalism-Applying the Wisdom and Vision of Carl F. H. Henry
- This New York Times Article, and many other resources if you do a google search
It is my goal to get to know this great leader within the Evangelical heritage, and I encourage you to do the same!