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Edinburgh Dogmatics Conference Retrospective

27 August, 2009

corcpicsmallThe site has been on hiatus for three days (sorry about that!), because I’ve been at the Edinburgh Dogmatics Conference put on every year by Rutherford House. The previously published volumes of papers from this conference have been very well done, as in the multifaceted content of two examples: Engaging the Doctrine of God: Contemporary Protestant Perspectives (Baker, 2008), and Justification in Perspective: Historical Developments and Contemporary Challenges (Baker, 2006), both edited by Bruce McCormack (Princeton Theological Seminary), who’s always interesting — if highly controversial — and has been a mainstay of the conference over the years, along with Henri Blocher (Wheaton).

Along with Blocher and McCormack, the variegated cast of characters included Americans Mike Horton (WSC) and John Franke (Biblical Theological Seminary), Brits Stephen Holmes (St Andrews), Paul Nimmo (New College, Edinburgh), Andrew McGowan (Highland Theological College) and Andrew Clarke (Aberdeen), and Australian Mark Thompson (Moore College, Sydney).

Each main paper looked at either a mark of the Church or a means of grace, while the shorter papers dealt with a range of things. My particular favorites where Horton’s on the apostolicity of the Church (very good), Thompson’s on preaching (both solid and thoroughly edifying), and Holmes’s on the danger of in some direct way using trinitarian theology to push your own view of what relationships within the Church should look like (communitarian versus hierarchical, complimentarian versus egalitarian, etc.).

Just as enjoyable as the conference were the times we all got to hang out together afterward. It’s always encouraging when, even in certain cases despite important and serious differences, Christians are able graciously and genuinely to extend the right hand of fellowship and friendship.

Keep a look out for the published volume!

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2 Comments
  1. 30 August, 2009 7:36 pm

    Missed you dude. Anyway to get transcripts etc.?

    • 1 September, 2009 10:28 am

      Unfortunately, they’ll only be generally available when the book comes out, which won’t be for a couple years.

      ~B

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