Recover evangelicalism’s foundations by returning to its architect.
None doubt the influence of Carl F. H. Henry, the “theological architect” of contemporary evangelicalism. Through his prolific writing and editorial role in Christianity Today, Henry is known for addressing contemporary theology, individual and social ethics, and cultural criticism. But he has been critiqued for an underdeveloped pneumatology.
In Carl F. H. Henry on The Holy Spirit, Jesse M. Payne argues that Henry cannot truly be understood apart from his mature pneumatology. The Spirit plays a vital role in three major areas of Henry’s theology: revelation, ecclesiology, and ethics. These seemingly disparate topics are tied together by his view of a Spirit-inspired Bible ordering a Spirit-enlivened body composed of Spirit-filled believers.
Readers will gain a more holistic view of Henry, the role of the Spirit in his life and thought, and early neo-evangelical theology.
Jesse Payne’s work on the role of the Holy Spirit in the theology of Carl F. H. Henry provides a fresh and convincing correction to the perception that Henry's theology was one-sided, lacking a developed pneumatology. Instead, Payne’s careful and thoughtful research enables us to see that the Holy Spirit played an essential role in Henry’s theological construction. Guiding readers through Henry’s treatment of the doctrine of revelation, the church, and Christian ethics, we find that Henry’s thought was thoroughly dependent upon and inconceivable apart from the Holy Spirit. Helping all of us to see our need for the Word of God and the Wind of God, Payne’s volume fills an important role in our interpretation and understanding of this evangelical giant. I count it a privilege to recommend this fine book.
–David S. Dockery, Distinguished Professor of Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and president, International Alliance for Christian Education
Studies in Historical and Systematic Theology is a peer-reviewed series of contemporary monographs exploring key figures, themes, and issues in historical and systematic theology from an evangelical perspective.
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Jesse M. Payne (PhD, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Burkburnett, Texas.