The ten most controversial inner evangelical-Christian theological debates today (in no particular order).
- The inspiration of scripture (inerrant? Authority?)
- Appropriate hermeneutic (Scripture interprets scripture and sola scriptura? A big role for tradition? A role for the local community? The perspicuity of scripture?)
- The importance of changes in culture, from ‘modernity’ to late modernity/postmodernity/post postmodernity etc. (for many this boils down, unfairly, to the question: emerging church?)
- The role of theological research (indispensable? Global incubation chamber for false teaching and unbelief? Apologetics?)
- Homosexuality? (cf. the precarious situation of the Church of England at the moment)
- The nature of the atonement (penal substitution? Steve Chalke et al.)
- The ‘New Perspective’ on Paul (for many this boils, once again unfairly I might add, down to: Tom Wright?)
- Women clergy (speak up or shut up?!)
- The nature of God (open theism? immutability?)
- Eschatological questions (Pre-post-a-millenialism? Rapture? New creation?)
I thought about adding ‘gifts of the Spirit and second blessing for today?’, but I felt that to be more of a concern of the 80’s and 90’s.
What would you throw out or add?