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God, Revelation and Authority (6 Volume Set) [Paperback]

By Carl F. Henry (Author)
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Dr. Henry's case for the revealed authority of God offers the wisdom you need to minister to a generation that has forgotten who God is and what he's done. This series discusses the history of Christianity, confronts alternatives to evangelical Christianity, and shows how God's revelation of himself is uniquely personal and redemptive.

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"The most important work of evangelical theology in modern times." --Kenneth Briggs, New York Times

"Establishes Henry as the leading theologian of the nation's evangelical flank." --Richard Ostling, Time Magazine

"A must for every Christian leader." --Reverend Billy Graham

"This great six-volume work confronts the confusion of our age with a clear affirmation and brilliant defense of the Christian faith." --R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Carl Henry's keen insights as expressed in God, Revelation and Authority are sorely needed." --R.C. Sproul, Ligonier Ministries

"These volumes are a landmark work, fully biblical, intellectually coherent, powerfully persuasive, and genuinely spiritual." --David F. Wells, Academic Dean, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary--Charlotte

"A sure-footed guide to a great many aspects of evangelical theology." --D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"God, Revelation and Authority is a biblically faithful rock in the twentieth-century sea of theological experimentation." --John Piper, Senior Pastor, Bethlehem Bapist Church, Minneapolis

"Dr. Henry's God, Revelation and Authority should be on every evangelical pastor's shelf. I recommend it to the upcoming generation of serious, thinking Christians." --James Montgomery Boice, Senior Minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadephia

"Carl F. H. Henry brings an incredible marriage of scholarship, conviction, and application to the matter of spiritual authority. I am happy to commend this significant work." --Adrian Rogers, Senior Pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis

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Studio: Crossway Books
Pages   3030
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.9" Width: 7" Height: 10.1"
Weight:   9.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 1999
Publisher   Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN  1581340567  
ISBN13  9781581340563  

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Carl F. H. Henry (1913-2003) was widely considered one of the foremost evangelical theologians of the twentieth century. He was the founding editor of Christianity Today, the chairman of the World Congress on Evangelism in Berlin in 1966, and the program chairman for the Jerusalem Conference on Biblical Prophecy in 1970. Henry taught or lectured on America's most prestigious campuses and in countries on every continent, and penned more than twenty volumes, including The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism (1948), Evangelicals at the Brink of Crisis (1967), and the monumental six-volume work, God, Revelation, and Authority (1976-1983).

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One Of A Kind  Sep 26, 2007
Carl Henry had a illustrious career, which influenced most theological seminaries and bible colleges, some even unbeknown to today's generation.

In a time of opposing views from differing Higher-Criticism schools (Bultman, Barth etc.) his was the lone evangelical voice calling to remain true to the revealed and conclusive, propositional Word of Truth.

His work is majestic. His grasp is overarching, always worldview-ish, always generational, always God-centered. He broke from the Fundamentalists in the 40's because of their 'siege-mentality'.

The 6 Volumes display the journalistic powers he had, and the power to reason and debate. He was the founder of Christianity Today and served as its Editor in Charge for many decades. He passed away recently, but his influence will long outlive those of Bultmann or Barth.

A great Christian and an honorable man. I read his work with absolute passion.

The following quotations are from one chapter alone, 'Secular Man and Ultimate Concerns', Book 1:

'The ecumenical movement with its focus on "what the Spirit is saying to the churches" rather than on what the inspired Scripture ongoingly says, has meanwhile been more open to an emphasis on charismatic renewal than on a recovery of the Reformation.' Book 1, pg 131

'Man is viewed as a creature competent without gods to cope with all problems thru social rather than supernatural resources, and all his powers and choices are contingently grounded.' Book 1, pg 137

'Man creates his own future by exercising inherent powers of mind and will.' Book 1, pg 140

'Man alone is able to decide his life's course, he alone is the source of what truth he affirms and of what good he champions.' ibid

'especially man's own nature stands in the way of doing the good that he would.' Book 1, pg 144

'Man's sense of personal worth and peculiar destiny derives from remnants of the created Imago Dei in man, and beyond that from the ongoing universal revelation of the Creator.' Book 1, pg 145

'Modern man's difficulty is not due to the unintelligibility or incredibility of the reality of God, but arises from the secularist's intellectual postulations and commitments which render the biblical view personally powerless.' Book 1, pg 146

'To insist that the living God of the Bible is inescapably an aspect of everyday existence may strike the man "come of age" as nonsense, since the very possibility is excluded by his definition of reality and his delimitation of experience.' Book 1, pg 149

'If man made for God, will not live by the truth of God, he will nevertheless venture on his own to invest his life with sense and security by serving false gods.' Book 1, pg 150

'Only God's purpose and assurance made known in His Word can displace doubts about man's historical significance...' ibid

'The universal disclosure of God penetrates deeply into all man's confidences and doubts. God is the Eternal with whom unrenewed man, in all his experiences, has a vagabond relationship. Evidence of God's reality and power and truth and goodness is ongoingly refracted into the course of man's daily life.' Book 1, pg 151

'Not a judgment, not a decision, not an action takes place without reference to the Horizon of Ultimate Claims upon man's life. Secular man does not miss out on general revelation, but he misses out on the joy of God and the goal of life.' ibid

The intellectual depth is staggering, the wisdom other-worldly.

How Firm a Foundation!  Nov 22, 2005
Henry, Carl F. H. God, Revelation, and Authority. 6 Volumes.
Seeing the incomplete rubble of humanism and a shattered epistemological foundation, Henry attempts to provide a consistently Christian perspective to God, authority, reason, the limits and benefits of systematic theology, etc. Henry argues in the opening books that we are facing the rise of a new Dark Ages. Humanism cannot maintain a long-term vision for civilization, but neither can the modern church, given their inane infatuation with the world and their faulty epistemology (assuming that the church shares a Foundationalistic or Postmodern epistemology). Therefore, the Church must reorient herself around vigorous thinking and a firm commitment to Scripture.

Henry's main sparring partner is Karl Barth. Barth was arguable the most influential voice of the 20th century (if not always the best voice). Therefore, when Barth speaks people listen. Henry listened and responded with 6 volumes. This is where reading Henry gets difficult. Many readers will hear Al Mohler or David Wells (rightly) praise Henry as a clear theological voice in this century. That is true, but one must also know the context in which Henry wrote, otherwise nothing is clear.

Another difficulty in reading Henry is the deep, philosophical well from which he draws. I began Henry with *no* philosophical background whatsoever. I was lost on many of his discussions. Without a basic philosophical framework in mind, I thought Henry was skipping from topic to topic. So, before beginning Henry I would recommend a basic philosophical overview (Colin Brown or Richard Tarnas). While slow going at first, it will pay dividends later.

Also, it wouldn't hurt to know what Barth is saying either. I do not share Barth's worldview. I think it is dangerous and a wolf in sheep's clothing. That being said, Barth appears in almost every chapter. Begin with a small Barthian book (*Humanity of God*, perhaps).

While I can't give a full overview of what Henry said, here are some questions/issues he wrestles with:
*Is human language adequate/sufficient to deal with religious phenomena? Henry takes the affirmative and deals with Langdon Gilkey.
*Can man actually do a systematic theology? If so, what constitutes biblical categories?
*How does God reveal himself to man? When God reveals himself to man, he uses propositions that have corresponding truth-value.
*Is natural theology adequate, or even viable? No. While I agree with Henry's conclusions, I think Greg Bahnsen via Van Til does a better job here. Interestingly enough, and Henry didn't develop this point: deny natural theology and natural law goes out the window. If natural law is not an option, then what is? Think Greg Bahnsen.
*On the practical level, how are evangelicals to do theology and face the crisis of the future? Evangelicalism lacks the intellectual nerve to write a modern day *City of God.* In other words, the Secular West is falling at an alarming rate (as was Rome) and we need, but lack, an Augustine to answer the crisis. (I will address this in my conclusion.)

Now, as to the reviwer who said that Henry ended up arguing for a god as abstract as Aristotle's, I have only to say that he/she did not read Henry. Henry spends 30 pages arguing specifically against such a deity. Oh well, wisdom is justified by her children.

Henry's Method for Theology is as following:

Divine revelation is the source of all truth, the truth of Christianity included; reason is the instrument for recognizing it; Scripture is its verifying principle; logical consistency of a negative test for truth and coherence a subordinate test. The task of Christian theology is to exhibit the content of biblical revelation as an orderly whole."
Carl Henry - updated  Jul 17, 2002
Carl Henry was a theologian of great character and insight.
This series is his opus.

A few clarifications: Dr. Henry was an Evangelical theologian not a Fundamentalist (he broke with them in the 40s), a term which is particular to Protestantism from 20th Century America; but which was redefined by a religious studies project at the University of Chicago to defame any conservative religious viewpoint which may effect public values. Also, he wasn't a literalist, as some would coin, but holds that God has communicated with clarity in the text - a similar notion to that of John Wycliff. His view is universal not just American.

It is long. Look through the Indices to see what subject you want to study.

Unfortunately, Dr. Henry was pilloried by many academics and contermporary "evangelicals" who wanted to shed his influence for post-modern presuppositions or post-Bartian notions.

Dr. Henry understood the Lord as above a singular history and greater than one's words, but one who seeks to communicate liberty to those who want to hear.

He passed away on December 7, 2003 in Watertown, WI.

Christianity yesterday, today, and forever  Mar 20, 2002
This magnum opus of Dr. Henry's theology is simply the most thoughtful, incisive, and relevant work in modern theology, evangelical or otherwise.

Henry's basic propositions are at once both simple and profound - that revealed truth must be communicable in propositional form, that is, in complete sentences, with subject, verbs, and objects. Truth is not a commodity for the intellectually or spiritually elite. In other words, if you cannot tell me in plain language what the truth is, then I must question whether or not what you are considering is really the truth. Furthermore, God has set this example by personally revealing Himself in this manner in our own objective, external history - the same history of which we are all now a part. This is not to say that there are truths in the universe that are not communicable verbally, only that the Truth that has been revealed by God must be, and has been, communicated in that manner.

Henry's antagonists are those theologians (Barth, Bultmann and company)who propose that history is of two kinds - the day-to-day, external, objective history with which we are all familiar, and a special, internal "geschichte" history where God reveals himself internally to individuals within gaps in the causal uniformity of external history, and the less extreme theologians (Moltmann, Pannenberg, and company) who propose that there is one, encompassing salvation-history ("heilsgeschichte") within which there is no distinction to be made between the natural and supernatural and hence, no need to distinguish between two different kinds of history.

Although some find the concepts of geschichte and heilsgeschichte intellectually appealing in that the altogether-other God is revealing himself in an altogether-other history that is suitable to His nature, it falls short of the biblical concept of salvation, in which God has revealed Himself personally and powerfully within our own, external day-to-day history, where we live, die, marry, raise children, and work out our lives. The logical conclusion of geschichte seems to be that, if our salvation has been wrought in a different kind of history that stands apart from our own familiar day-to-day history, then so must our Christian life be wrought in a similar fashion. Heilsgechichte hold up slightly better under scrutiny, but still falls short by de-mystifying the supernatural into the realm of the ordinary. Henry demonstrates that these concepts are neither biblical nor Christian.

Once, he told us a story about a press conference he attended with Karl Barth. During the question and answer period, Dr. Barth was engaged in several lively discussions on his theme of geschichte. When it came Dr. Henry's turn to pose a question, he asked, "Herr Barth, what would the newspapers have read on the morning following the resurrection?" The visibly disturbed Barth responded, "Did you say you were the editor of Christianity Yesterday, or was it Christianity Today?" Henry calmly responded, "That would be Christianity yesterday, today, and forever."

I am aware that his detractors use the tired, old, "just another [biased] *evangelical* perspective" argument, as if the mere use of the term dispatches Henry's contribution to the growing body of truly irrelevant theology. I sometimes wonder if these detractors have taken the time to make an honest appraisal of Henry in the same manner as they request the rest of us to do with Pannenberg, Moltmann, Barth, Bultmann, and company? Or even worse, does geschichte and helsgeschichte captivate their attention because they allow salvation to be considered separately from the course of daily life?

I am afraid, however, that you must read Henry for yourself and decide, as I, the student, am not greater than his Master.

That Last Guy is Sneaky  Sep 8, 2001
This is not "A" book. This is a collection of Henry's writtings from over his whole life. It is organized into 5 separate softback books. Don't pay attention to that last guy. He hasn't even seen these books.

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