What's Postconservative Evangelical? Theology Unfinished, 'Inerrancy' Not Dogmatic: Roger Olson

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(Screenshot: YouTube/cityhilltv)Roger E. Olson, professor of Christian Theology of Ethics at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, speaking at City Hill Church in Federal Way, WA, on October 31, 2013.

An evangelical theologian has explained the meaning of "postconservative evangelical," noting that the task of aligning doctrine with Scripture remains unfinished and "biblical inerrancy" is not elevated to dogma-status.

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"Not many theologians I know want this label slapped on them," Roger E. Olson, professor of Christian Theology of Ethics at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, admitted in a blog on Monday.

"Postconservative evangelical theology is evangelical theology that does not consider the constructive task of theology finished. Conservative evangelical theology is evangelical theology that considers the constructive task of theology finished. These theologians are primarily interested in the critical task of theology — discovering heresy and exposing it. They are also interested, of course, in translating older versions of 'the received evangelical tradition' into contemporary idiom," he goes on to explain.

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"Postconservative evangelical theology does not elevate 'biblical inerrancy' to the status of an evangelical dogma or (to borrow Carl Henry's term) the 'super badge of evangelicalism,'" he added.

"Postconservative evangelical theology does not privilege epistemological foundationalism and finds some ideas of postmodern epistemology helpful."

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When reached by The Christian Post on Monday to elaborate further, Olson noted that he has written two books that delve into the nuances of the term.

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His 2008 book, How to Be Evangelical Without Being Conservative, disputes the notion that evangelicals should be or have always been conservatives.

The book says that it sets forth evidence "that the link between evangelicalism and conservatism has not always been as strong as it is today in the popular mind" and it provides suggestions "for contemporary evangelicals who want to...
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