By Donald G. Bloesch / Wipf & Stock / 2002
Examine Reinhold Niebuhr’s apologetic enterprise with this revised version of Donald Bloesch’s doctoral thesis. Bloesch throws light on Niebuhr’s attempt to establish the credibility of Christian thought in the public forum, focusing on how Niebuhr “sought to reevaluate the apologetic task in such a way as to make it consistent with the basic thrust of the Bible.” While providing a thorough and balanced analysis, he argues that Niebuhr’s “reevaluation does not do full justice to biblical revelation, especially where the nature of humanity is concerned” and that “in order to bring the apologetic task into accord with biblical themes there is a pressing need for a more radical reappraisal of this task.”
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Donald G. Bloesch is professor of theology emeritus at Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. Bloesch was educated at the University of Chicago, Oxford University, University of Tubingen, and Basel University, where he studied under Karl Barth.
He has written numerous books, including Faith and Its Counterfeits, Evangelical Theology in Transition, Essentials of Evangelical Theology, The Future of Evangelical Christianity, The Struggle of Prayer and Freedom for Obedience. He is also a past president of the Midwest Division of the American Theological Society.