Carl F. H. Henry’s Regenerational Model of Evangelism and Social Concern and the Promise of an Evangelical Consensus

Open access

Abstract

Carl F. H. Henry has widely been acknowledged for his contributions to evangelical social concern. What has not been fully appreciated though is theological foundations that undergirded Henry’s priority model as it relates to the relationship between the church social and evangelistic mandates. For Henry, the key to both was the doctrine of revelation, and this foundation enabled Henry to uniquely argue for both integration and prioritization. As such, Henry presents a challenge to many contemporary models of evangelism and social concern that set the two on an even plane by locating them within a kingdom rubric. Despite accusations that his theological method fosters information over transformation, Henry hold forth a revelation centered approach with Augustinian roots capable of guiding the contemporary church on the elusive issue of finding a biblical approach to its mission.

If the inline PDF is not rendering correctly, you can download the PDF file here.

  • Brand CO (1999) Is Carl Henry a Modernist? Rationalism and Foundationalism in Post-War Evangelical Theology. Trinity Journal 20(1): 3-21.

  • Bosch D (1991) Transforming Mission. Maryknoll NY: Orbis.

  • Cerillo Jr. A Dempster MW (1991) Carl F. H. Henry’s Early Apologetic for an Evangelical Social Ethic 1942-1956. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 34(3): 365-379.

  • Costas O (1992) Christ Outside the Gate: Mission Beyond Christendom. Maryknoll NY: Orbis.

  • Dodd CH (1964) Apostolic Preaching and Its Development. New York NY: Hodder & Stoughton.

  • Flemming DE (2013) Recovering the Full Mission of God: A Biblical Perspective on Being Doing and Telling. Downers Grove IL: IVP Academic.

  • France RT (1989) Matthew: Evangelist and Teacher. Grand Rapids MI: Zondervan.

  • Henry CFH (1967) Evangelicals at the Brink of Crisis. Waco TX: Word Books.

  • Henry CFH (1971) Plea for Evangelical Demonstration. Grand Rapids MI: Baker Book House.

  • Henry CFH (1972) The Tension Between Evangelism and Christian Concern for Social Justice. Fides et Historia 4(*):3-10.

  • Henry CFH (1979) Evangelicals and the Social Scene: God’s Plan for Salvation and Justice. In Hancock RL (ed) The Ministry of Development. Pasadena CA: William Carey Library pp. 96-103.

  • Henry CFH (1980) Aspects of Christian Social Ethics. Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans.

  • Henry CFH (1984) The Christian Mindset in a Secular Society: Promoting Evangelical Renewal & National Righteousness. Portland OR: Multnomah Press.

  • Henry CFH (1986) Christian Countermoves in a Decadent Culture. Portland OR: Multnomah Press.

  • Henry CFH (1988) Twilight of a Great Civilization. Westchester IL: Crossway.

  • Henry CFH (1990) Toward a Recovery of Christian Belief: The Rutherford Lectures. Wheaton IL: Crossway Books.

  • Henry CFH (1999) God Revelation and Authority 6 volumes. Wheaton IL: Crossway.

  • Henry CFH (1947 2003) The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism. Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans.

  • Hesselgrave DJ (2005) Paradigms in Conflict: 10 Key Questions in Christian Missions Today. Grand Rapids MI: Kregel Publications.

  • Ireland J (2015) Evangelism and Social Concern in the Theology of Carl F. H. Henry. Eugene OR: Pickwick.

  • Jones SJ (2003) The Evangelistic Love of God and Neighbor. Nashville TN: Abingdon.

  • Keener C (1997) Matthew. Downers Grove IL: IVP Academic.

  • Kirk JA (1983) The Good News of the Coming Kingdom. Downers Grove IL: Intervarsity Press.

  • Litfin D (2012) Word vs. Deed: Resetting the Scales to a Biblical Balance. Wheaton IL: Crossway.

  • Little C (2005) What Makes Mission Christian? Mission Studies 22(2): 207-226.

  • Little C (2013) Polemic Missiology in the 21st Century. Amazon Digital Services.

  • Marsden G (1987) Reforming Fundamentalism: Fuller Seminary and the New Evangelicalism. Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans.

  • Miles D (1986) Evangelism and Social Involvement. Nashville TN: Broadman Press.

  • Moore RD (2004) The Kingdom of Christ. Wheaton IL: Crossway.

  • Nash RH (1982) The Word of God and the Mind of Man. Phillipsburg NJ: P&R.

  • Neuhaus RJ (1989) A Prophetic Jeremiad. Christianity Today (April 7): 30.

  • Olson R (2007) Reformed and Always Reforming: A Postconservative Approach to Theological Method. Grand Rapids MI: Baker Academic.

  • Sider R (1993) Good News and Good Works. Grand Rapids MI: Baker.

  • Stott J (ed) (1996) Making Christ Known: Historic Mission Documents from the Lausanne Movement 1974-1989. Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans.

  • Stott J (ed) (2008) Christian Mission in the Modern World. Downers Grove IL: Intervarsity Press.

  • Thornbury GA (2013) Recovering Classic Evangelicalism: Applying the Wisdom and Vision of Carl F. H. Henry. Wheaton IL: Crossway.

  • Tizon A (2008) Transformation After Lausanne. Eugene OR: Wipf & Stock.

  • Trueman C (2000) Admiring the Sistine Chapel: Reflections on Carl F. H. Henry’s God Revelation and Authority. Themelios 25(2): 48-58.

  • Vanhoozer K (2005) The Drama of Doctrine. Louisville KY: Westminster John Knox.

  • Wright C (2006) The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative. Downers Grove: IVP Academic.

Search
Journal information
Impact Factor


CiteScore 2018: 0.18

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2018: 0.100
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2018: 0.526

Metrics
All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 0 0 0
Full Text Views 144 144 43
PDF Downloads 67 67 14