Timothy George – The Vicar of Baghdad

If Jesus came back to the Middle East today, I think he would look a lot like the Reverend Canon Dr. Andrew White, the Anglican Chaplain in Iraq and Vicar of St. George’s Church. The “Vicar of Baghdad,” as he is called, carries out his work in one of the world’s most dangerous cities. He does the kinds of things every pastor does: He preaches, performs weddings, baptizes, offers communion, gives counsel and comfort to his congregation, makes mince pies for his church members at Christmas. He also presides at funerals—lots of funerals. One Sunday on his way to morning worship at the church, Canon White counted sixty dead bodies strung up on lampposts and discarded along the road, victims all of the latest round of post-invasion sectarian violence.

Who is Canon Andrew White, and what does he think he is doing in a place like that? He answered that question in the opening words of a speech he gave not long ago at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington. “I need to be perfectly honest with you,” he said. “I love Iraq more than any other place in the world.” Continue reading “Timothy George – The Vicar of Baghdad”

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Timothy George – A Tribute to Carl Henry on the Centenary of His Birth

Carl FH Henry
Carl Henry

The man Who Birthed Evangelicalism

One hundred years after his birth and a decade after his death, is it time to revisit Carl F.H. Henry? For many, the first question very well may be “Carl who?”

The answer is, the Carl Henry who invented post-World War II evangelicalism, the evangelicalism we are still in large measure living with today. If you want to understand the core passions of contemporary evangelicalism, you have to understand the passions of Carl Henry.

Henry did not invent post-war evangelicalism all by himself, of course. He had lots of help from Harold John Ockenga, the Strategist; Billy Graham, the Evangelist; Bill Bright, the Activist; Francis Schaeffer, the Apologist; and many others. But it was Henry more than anyone else who argued the case and set forth a compelling intellectual apologetic for what was called in those days the New Evangelicalism.

Henry did this not only from professorship at Fuller Theological Seminary and his chair as the first editor of Christianity Today, but also through a series of impressive books beginning with The Uneasy Conscience of Fundamentalism and culminating in the six-volume God, Revelation and Authority. GRAis still the most sustained theological epistemology by any American theologian. It deserves to be read more than it is, but it is not easy to read. Theologian Millard Erickson once said, with a twinkle in his eye, “I love Carl Henry’s work. It’s extremely important. I hope someday that it is translated into English!”

The last volume of GRA was published in 1983. Since then there have been several sea changes in hermeneutics and linguistics that a Henry redivivus would need (and want) to respond to. Still, some new theologians, like Greg Thornbury, think it’s time we engage Henry again. Thornbury unabashedly declares in his new book, Recovering Classic Evangelicalism, that “I want to make Carl Henry cool again!” Thornbury knows that it’s a hard sell, but he ably puts Henry in dialogue with his critics both within and outside of the evangelical family. This is true to the spirit of Henry himself, who engaged in a productive exchanges with the neo-orthodox Karl Barth and the postliberal theologian Hans Frei, among others. (There is a subtext to Thornbury’s retrieval project: Henry is too easily caricatured and presented in a one-dimensional way because he is not read and studied.)

Read the whole article on the website of Christianity Today.

Remarks of Timothy George at the Catholic Synod of Bishops

Timothy George & Pope Benedict XVI
Rev Dr Timothy George & Pope Benedict XVI

Remarks by the Rev. Dr. Timothy George, Fraternal Delegate, Baptist World Alliance to the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on “The New Evangelisation for the Transmission of the Christian Faith” Vatican City, 16 October 2012

 

Dear Holy Father, Venerable Fathers of the Synod, brothers and sisters in the Lord,

I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ, the one and only Savior of the world, and on behalf of the Baptist World Alliance, a fellowship of 42 million Christians, serving the Lord in some 180,000 churches in 120 countries. That a Baptist Christian would be invited to participate in and address this Synod is a moment of historic significance. I am grateful for the warm welcome extended to me.

I would like to emphasize three points with respect to the New Evangelization.

First, Baptists confess with all Christians a robust faith in the one triune God who in his great mercy and love has made us partakers of his divine life through Jesus Christ, the Great Evangelizer, who saves us by his grace alone. This faith is based on the inspired Holy Scriptures, God’s written Word, especially on the primal confession of St. Johns Gospel, ho logos sarx egeneto, “the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). Continue reading “Remarks of Timothy George at the Catholic Synod of Bishops”