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The Fabric of Theology: A Prolegomenon to Evangelical Theology Paperback – December 1, 1993
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As a scholar in the field of U.S. and Latin American "evangelicos" the fact remains that there is no homgeneity in the understanding or appplication of the term. Donald Dayton had made the case that there is a clear bias in the use of the term and clear imprecision, as well.
The overall contribution of the text is therefore short-changed as it is assumed that 'evangelical" means one thing, when in fact it mean almost nothing. It the term applies to such a broad band of manifestation that range from UMC, ABC, CCDOC, RCA, PCUSA, and 100s of other independent manifestations of U.S. Protestantism, then we may wonder if this term means anything helpful at all?
Don Dayton was absolutely correct when he traced the breach to the old Princeton School and the Holiness movements of the "Riff-Raff" that continue to be a scandal to the power elite among those that attempt to hold captive the liberating history of the gospel.
FOT is written from a conservative evangelical perspective. Lints finds much to affirm in conservative evangelicalism but also offers helpful critiques in at least two areas.
First, while upholding the traditional conservative evangelical approach to the inspiration of the Scriptures (inerrancy, authority, etc.), Lints clearly marks out a more humble path advocating that evangelicals not apply their description of the Bible to their own theology. Simply put, the evangelical's Bible is inspired and inerrant, but her theology is not.
Second, without trashing systematic theology or reducing its importance in any way, Lints offers extensive helpful comparison and differentiation between systematic theology (which looks at the whole Bible in terms of specific topics) and biblical theology (which looks at the whole Bible in terms of God's unfolding redeeming of creation and humanity).
FOT is a weighty evangelical voice on the work of creating theology in our time and place. Lints is worth reading and processing for evangelicals who see theological work as important for every generation.