Many of my readers likely know very little about the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). Nevertheless, those same readers would probably recognize the names of many of its members. The membership is a veritable who’s who of evangelical scholars and writers (e.g., William Lane Craig, J. P. Moreland, John Piper, Tom Schreiner, Wayne Grudem, just to name of few). Thus, the theological orientation of the ETS impacts the broader evangelical movement through the writings and publications of it membersâ€”members who come from all over the world.
ETS has a “doctrinal basis” that is aimed at keeping the society constituted of “evangelical” scholars. The Doctrinal Basis is very short, containing only two points: an affirmation of inerrancy and an affirmation of the Trinity. Over the years, it has become increasingly clear to many of us that this Doctrinal Basis has proven insufficient to do what it was designed to do.
For this reason, Ray Van Neste and I will be proposing to amend the Doctrinal Basis of the ETS. The proposal will be introduced at the annual meeting in San Diego next week, and it will be voted on at next year’s meeting in Providence, Rhode Island.
In order to get the word out about this amendment, Ray and I have written an article that was published this fall in the Criswell Theological Review. The title of the article is “Inerrancy Is Not Enough: A Proposal to Amend the Doctrinal Basis of The Evangelical Theological Society.” The editor of CTR has allowed us to post a free copy of the article on the journal’s website, and you can now download and read our rationale for the amendment. Even though the article relates most directly to voting members of the ETS, the issues we raise here are relevant to anyone who is concerned about the shape of contemporary American evangelicalism.
[For more information, visit the website www.AmendETS.com.]
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