The King’s College “can seek perhaps no better model than Carl F. H. Henry, “ on whom Gregory A. Thornbury, the recently-announced incoming president of the Kings College, “happens to be an expert and happens to have just written a book.” says Gene Fant in today’s column .
After begging his readers not to skip reading Henry themselves, Thornbury summarizes fifteen important theological themes in the Henrician corpus. The arc begins with revelation, moves to the Scriptures as truth, to the Holy Spirits role in illumination and interpretation, then to the Churchs role in Gods kingdom, ending in Gods self-manifestation in the consummation of the ages. The space limitations of a single chapter mean that the overview is at once breathless in its pace and breathtaking in its scope . . . .
I want to make Carl Henry cool again, Thornbury exclaims in the introduction. Given that we can recognize Henrys thoughts almost everywhere we look these days, such an aspiration is not terribly ridiculous. I would love to see the book cover in many a coffeehouse in the coming days, and would love even more to see Henry himself return as a staple of theological conversations. He was a giant whose legacy deserves to be recovered.
Read the full column here .