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Clark H. Pinnock: Journey Toward Renewal: An Intellectual Biography [Paperback]

By Barry L. Callen (Author)
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Evangelical theology in the twentieth century often wrestled with the ideas of Prof. Clark H. Pinnock of McMaster University. To understand the tensions of Pinnock's work is to grasp the diversity of theological options now confronting evangelicalism and to glimpse the future of evangelical theology.

This biblical conservative has interacted constructively with the whole Christian community -- Evangelicalism, Pentecostalism, Wesleyanism, Process Theology, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Roman Catholicism. Described as a theologian who has "prayed his head into his heart", Dr. Pinnock is not ashamed to say that he has changed his mind on theological issues several times. He insists that Christian theology is best done on one's knees.

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Studio: Evangel Publishing House
Pages   293
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   1.13 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 23, 2000
Publisher   Evangel Publishing House
ISBN  1928915027  
ISBN13  9781928915027  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! H. RAY DUNNING is professor emeritus of theology at Trevecca Nazarene University. He holds an MA and a PhD from Vanderbilt University and has served as a pastor, lecturer, and speaker in numerous churches around the United States. Dr. Dunning has authored and edited numerous books on Christian faith and practice, including Grace, Faith, and Holiness; The Second Coming; and Biblical Resources for Holiness Preaching (2 volumes). Barry L. Callen serves as a professor of Christian Studies at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. Dr. Richard Thompson is the Professor of New Testament at Northwest Nazarene University where he has served as the Chair of the Religion Department. He has authored numerous publications and articles and holds a Ph.D. Southern Methodist University and an M.Div. Nazarene Theological Seminary.

Barry L. Callen currently resides in Anderson. Barry L. Callen was born in 1941.

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Renewal or Regression?  Jan 12, 2006
Clark Pinnock is probably the most controversial evangelical theologian of the second half of the twentieth century. Born in 1937 in Canada and raised in a mainline protestant denomination, he converted to evangelicalism of the Reformed Baptist variety. In his early works (1967-1971) he defended biblical inerrancy against attempts to limit the Bible's truthfulness to spiritual matters. By the mid-1970s (if not earlier) Pinnock's views started evolving. He embraced Arminianism and the Charismatic movement. In 1984 he published THE SCRIPTURE PRINCIPLE, in which he rejected the strict view of inerrancy he had previously advocated. By 1992 he was advocating annihilationism (the belief that the impenitent will be destroyed rather than condemned to eternal punishment). Not content with these changes he turned his attention to the doctrine of God, contributing an important essay to the 1994 collection THE OPENNESS OF GOD. There Pinnock advocated "open theism." Open theism (also called free-will theism) rejects the classical conception of God in favor of something roughly between process theism and classical theism. Although Pinnock has always considered himself an evangelical, some haven't hesitated in calling the "later Pinnock" a heretic. In 2002 some members of the Evangelical Theological Society sought to expel him. After Pinnock "clarified" his views on inerrancy, the ETS voted to retain him.

Prof. Barry Callen - who appears to agree with Pinnock's theology in its essentials - has written a solid intellectual biography of Pinnock. While the work is not exactly critical, it does a good job of explaining where Pinnock fits in the theological spectrum and how his views have evolved over time.

The book contains some excerpts from Pinnock's works with reflections by Pinnock written especially for the book. It also has a bibliography of books and articles by and about Pinnock.
Dare to question!!!  Apr 21, 2002
Barry Callen has shown in this exciting book that if one is truly open to the moving of the Holy Spirit, then change can take place. He shows how Clark Pinnock, who was totally sold out for the Reform doctrine, began to question these beliefs and search out the Scriptures. It is a story spanning over 30 years of Pinnock's life, and it is truly well done. Many have seen Pinnock as a deserter of the faith, but Callen shows how Pinnock's faith has only been strengthen by this truly spiritual journey. There will always be those who question and critisize anything that is different than what they themselves believe. But for those who want a truly inspiring book that shows how the rewards of the journey far outweigh the risk of leaving the harbor, then I recommend this book.
Pilgrim's Regress (Apologies to C.S. Lewis)  Sep 7, 2000
More appropriately titled, 'Journey toward Newness/Novelty'. The main strength of the book is to show how subtly, gradually and unwittingly a journey away from evangelical core beliefs can be for anyone, no matter the intellectual horsepower or academic credentials or sincerity. Compare/contrast prior Pinnock quotes (1985 - How I Use the Bible in Doing Theology) with his current position (still evolving, progressing, 'renewing', 'maturing'): "theological novelty does not blend well with a high view of Scripture" "adherence to the Bible means acquiescence to all its teachings and a refusal to allow any rival to stand above it, whether tradition, reason, culture, science, opinion" "the theologian has no right to pick and choose between biblical doctrines" "reductionism has no rightful role in theology, nor is there a right to place in opposition one part of the Bible against another. I simply presuppose its falsity on the grounds of my confidence in scripture, the inspiration of which carries an assumption of its unity and coherence" "each text must be read and understood in the canonical context which resists an atomistic approach" "we must not conform theology to our situation" "use of process thought cannot be explained in terms of biblical reflection but must be explained in terms of the influence of secular modernity" "What divine revelation does not disclose cannot be incorporated into theology as truth. Only what is taught in Scripture is binding on the conscience" "the wise theologian accepts the tensions which are present in the Bible and learns to resist the temptation from reason to tamper with them. I cannot tamper with the data as regards sovereignty and human freedom just because it would be easier if one were at liberty to do so" "Reason is a God-given faculty which is of great usefulness in theology; however, it must be kept in its ministerial role and not allowed to rise to a magisterial role"

"tradition (the living faith of the dead, as opposed to traditionalism, the dead faith of the living) provides contexts in which Scriptural knowledge is pursued" "Tradition in its servant role alerts theologians to heresy" Prooftexting is suspect because "when the Bible is cited in support of some proposal, it must be apt, intelligent and discerning. I do not want to be sued by Scripture for exegetical malpractice" In other words, citing texts must be done in a way that is

illuminant, Spirit-friendly, plenarily representative and canonically/contextually balanced. "be wary of twisting Scripture to serve one's own interests and preferred views" "theology must not attempt to advance beyond the limits of the Bible" - do not go beyond what is written! "We cannot go beyond the evidence", especially if it is where no man has gone before, or where even angels fear to tread. "We cannot invent new data or eliminate any. We may even have to accept antinomies which offend the rational impulse"(apparent contradiction; paradox; antilogy) "Scripture may not always satisfy human curiosity which presses for answers in areas where sufficient evidence is not provided" That is, we have all we need to know, not all we need to want to know. The wise theologian must be careful to find even what he may not be apt to seek, rather than seek only what he is prone to find. "tradition serves to confront heretical teachers who advance their novelties in the name of some lost-sight-of exegetical insights" "A high doctrine of Scripture and theological novelty do not go well together" "we are not free to pick and choose between biblical doctrines or to perform theological reduction that marks the shift toward humanity in religious liberalism" "The biblical writers do not seem to feel that (divine sovereignty and human agency) are mutually exclusive, but instead they place the two ideas in juxtaposition at every turn and seem indifferent to our intellectual dilemmas" "Reason is a faculty of great usefulness to theology. Occasionally, it rises up to challenge Scripture and when it does, we ought to put it in its place as supportive,ministerial, non-legislative" "When confronting heresies, novelties, 'lost-sight-of exegetical insights', the creeds of the church, though not infallible, provide temporary respite by alerting to the time-honored convictions and conventions of multitudes of believers before our time and make one pause before accepting innovations" Even the most well-intentioned are "quite prepared for and adept at twisting Scripture to serve their own ends; no one is immune from doing the same thing"

Truer words were never spoken! This biography highlights the importance of guarding against any violation of the above principles of using Scripture in theology. Caveat Emptor!

An Instructive Journey  Jun 6, 2000
Barry Callen has put evangelical scholars in his debt with this intellectual biography on Clark Pinnock's theological development. Pinnock's own journey is a sort of "microcosm" of evangelicalism itself, which makes these insights encouraging and instructive. (In this sense, the book reminds me a little of George Marsden's "Reforming Fundamentalism"--a history of Fuller Seminary which, as an institution, also provided a glimpse into the struggles and growth of evangelicalism as a whole.) Though *almost* bordering on the hagiographic at times, Callen does an excellent job of distilling the key themes of Pinnock's theology and allowing us to glimpse how Pinnock's mind has changed. By focusing on the process and development, Callen sketches Pinnock as a model of genuine evangelical engagement who is not afraid to engage broader currents, and not afraid to change his mind. Both Pinnock's work and Callen's account of it are exemplary in this regard.

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