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The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism [Paperback]

By Carl F. H. Henry (Author) & Richard J. Mouw (Foreword by)
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Originally published in 1947, "The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism" has since served as the manifesto of evangelical Christians serious about bringing the fundamentals of the Christian faith to bear in contemporary culture. In this classic book Carl F. H. Henry, the father of modern fundamentalism, pioneered a path for active Christian engagement with the world a path as relevant today as when it was first staked out. Now available again and featuring a new foreword by Richard J. Mouw, "The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism" offers a bracing world-and-life view that calls for boldness on the part of the evangelical community. Henry argues that a reformation is imperative within the ranks of conservative Christianity, one that will result in an ecumenical passion for souls and in the power to meaningfully address the social and intellectual needs of the world.

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Foreword by Richard J. Mouw Originally published in 1947, The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism has since served as the manifesto of evangelical Christians serious about bringing the fundamentals of the Christian faith to bear in contemporary culture. In this classic book Carl F. H. Henry, the father of modern fundamentalism, pioneered a path for active Christian engagement with the world - a path as relevant today as when it was first staked out. Now available again and featuring a new foreword by Richard J. Mouw, The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism offers a bracing world-and-life view that calls for boldness on the part of the evangelical community. Henry argues that a reformation is imperative within the ranks of conservative Christianity, one that will result in an ecumenical passion for souls and in the power to meaningfully address the social and intellectual needs of the world.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Pages   120
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 29, 2003
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  080282661X  
ISBN13  9780802826619  


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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).

Carl F. H. Henry was born in 1913.

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The Social Dimension of Kingdom Theology  Jul 2, 2007
Review of the Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism by Carl F. H. Henry

Henry's book, written sixty years ago, is a clarion call for Christian social action that is grounded in biblical revelation. His thesis is that the Fundamentalist conscience is uneasy because it has not applied biblical truths (11). It sees a radical disjunct between faith and life that is psychologically devastating. It is understandable why conservative Christians have been reluctant to address social concerns: this was the hallowed ground of liberalism, a worldview that denied the central tenets of the Christian faith. Henry's challenge is not only can conservative Christians address social issues without compromising the faith, but that they ought to address these issues because of their faith.

The opening chapters of Henry's work highlight his thesis. He addresses the impasse that evangelicals find them in. Part of this is due to their eschatology. Both premillennialism and amillennialism can't consistently work for social betterment on this earth because this earth is a time-bomb. (Interestingly, he doesn't consider the firepower of evangelical postmillennialism, but that is another matter). This seems to tell the world that "we have the right theology but it can't help your everyday lives." Henry laments that this ought not be the case. The early Christians had a definite social dimension to their preaching--they addressed the painful concerns of humanity with the following two considerations: 1) they did not compromise the message of Christ and 2) the message of Christ demanded such action. In other words, Christ did come to preach justice and address the whole man--granted that the first priority is regeneration--and that a truncated gospel (a gospel that touches the head but not the life) is no gospel at all.

Henry then expounds a brief kingdom-theology. Given the recent rise in kingdom-studies, this will not be new stuff. He anticipated what GE Ladd and Geerhardus Vos expounded: "already-not yet," etc. (His protégé, Russell Moore, has written a competent work on this subject: *The Kingdom of Christ*). Henry defines biblical history as a continuity, not a parentheses, thus ruling out dispensationalism. Henry is quick to deny identifying the kingdom of God with any type of political government.

What Should we Now do?
Henry's work is as relevant as ever. The past 30 years have seen an Evangelical Renaissance. Evangelicals have finally mobilized to social action (if not always perfectly), but many questions remain unanswered (e.g., what would a Christian society look like? What laws would it pass? How would one justify those laws?). Against the confusion of this age, Henry recommends a Christian metaphysics grounded on biblical revelation, from which we derive a Christian normative ethic that is universal on all cultures (39). It is imperative for evangelicals to take Henry's challenge and address the evils of society. Our brightest young people have a renewed intellectual passion. If they see evangelicalism as a "personal religion" that does not speak to the needs of all of life, then they will find a worldview with similar totalitarian claims, such as socialism, Marxism, or Islam. Against the gods of this age, Henry gives us a vision grounded in the God of the ages.
 
Should Christianity influence the culture - read this to find out!  Jun 13, 2006
An incredibly astute book that challenges fundamentalist Christianity with a weakness in their armor - an inability and unwillingness to address social ills and evil in the world. But that can't be, fundamentalism clearly and correctly identifies the problem with the world is sin and the solution is the saving grace and transforming power of Jesus Christ in the life of an individual. While true, Henry claims that the transforming nature does not end with the individual, it only begins there! Henry's issue - that the once redemptive gospel that was a "world-changing" message has now narrowed to a "world-resisting" one.

In an effort to counter a liberal theological concept of the social gospel, the idea that man can be saved by a good society, fundamentalists in Henry's opinion have sought to remove themselves from the social questions of the day isolating their redemptive message to the individual and his need of salvation for sin. The world is evil, it is fallen, but man can be redeemed is the mantra. Henry agrees, but presses the issue further - for redeemed men redeem the culture, he claims - not the other way around. Changed men change laws to reflect their newfound value of life and liberty. Henry argues that this is the pattern of history and civilizations from the beginning - regenerate men have reinvigorated cultures, dead men made alive by the power of Christ have brought dying cultures back to life as well. And they must, or at least they must try, according to Henry.

Henry says that the true effect of a missionary is not solely in the number of souls saved, but also in the change in the lives of those around him - in the quality of life even for the unbelievers because they live in a transformed society infused by transformed lives. He ends with a call for Christians to engage the cultural crisis with a level of expertise in all areas of life - and to do that, he notes that evangelical schools will play a most important and pivotal role in preparing and equipping the next generation of Christian thinkers who will not isolate, but engage to the glory of God!
 
Redeeming Society with the Gospel  Jan 8, 2004
The late Carl Henry sets forth the case that there is a great divorce within Evangelicalism. He argues that evangelical Christianity has become separated from any form of social reform. Christianity has failed to deal with the pressing issues, which face the world today. Doctrine has become divorced from ethics and orthodoxy (right teaching) has become divorced from orthopraxy (right living). While redemption in Christ is the only answer to this world's problems Henry argues that Christianity has ceased its preaching of this message to the culture. Christianity has given up its humanitarianism.

Sadly, since the church has given up its social endeavors, non-evangelical efforts have taken over. Therefore the saving message of the cross of Christ is replaced with sub-Christian methods of reform. The effort to save society continues but without a redemptive foundation all such efforts are bound to failure. Without the gospel social reform may feed a few empty stomachs but will fail to provide the living water of Christ, which is the world's only hope.

Henry offers a solution by properly understanding kingdom preaching. The kingdom must be preached both as a present reality (kingdom now) and as a future reality (kingdom then). There is an already, not-yet dimension to the kingdom of God and this needs to be applied to kingdom ethics. We must live out the kingdom now with expectant hope of the kingdom then. This dimension of the kingdom needs to be restudied toward the end of being applied to the social and ethical challenges for this present age.

It is also the doctrinal integrity of evangelical Christianity, which must confront the world. To give up the gospel for social reform is to cease to be Christian, but to give up social reform is to give up the gospel. Henry argues that it is the very metaphysics of Christianity, which provide the underpinnings for Biblical ethics. The Christian needs to have a biblical worldview to confront the needs and evils of the world. It is only the Christian worldview founded upon the cross of Christ, which provides the proper redemptive framework, which is the only hope for a world in travail.

The balance of social concern and gospel preaching is rarely achieved, but Henry offers a helpful way forward by arguing that the very means of social reform is through gospel preaching. Through the proclamation of the redeeming gospel of Jesus Christ the world will be changed. The gospel properly understood seeks to change not just individual sinners, but the world, which groans under its present bondage. He correctly recognizes that the present world problems are not primarily economic, political, or societal, but spiritual. Nonetheless the evangelical Christian is to apply the spiritual-redemptive message of the gospel to the economic, political, and societal woes of today.

While one may not fully agree with everything Henry says (I certainly did not), his underlining thesis is true: the gospel must be proclaimed and applied to the present cultural crisis, which our world faces. In applying the gospel of Christ to the world need the evangelical Christian remarries the truth of Christ with the humanitarianism of Christ. This today is most necessary.

 

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