Monday, December 29, 2008

My Top Ten Theology Stories of 2008

Counting down the events, debates, and books that shaped evangelical theology over the last year. By Collin Hansen

Christianity Today's editors have already compiled their list of the top ten news stories of 2008. Only a few of them have theological overtones, so I decided to take a stab at the top ten theology stories from the past year. My criteria, borrowed from the news list, are admittedly subjective. What theological events, books, and debates shaped evangelical life, thought, or mission in 2008? You might recognize a few of the stories from previous Theology in the News coverage. Here is my list in order from least to most important.

1. Publishers make 2008 the "Year of the Study Bible."

2. The Shack enthralls readers, angers theologians.

3. Victory for traditional marriage carries a cost.

4. Conservatives launch Anglican Church of North America.

5. Peter Enns leaves Westminster Seminary.

6. Critics respond to dialogue between evangelicals and Muslims.

7. Leading evangelicals issue a "manifesto."

8. Evangelical Free Church of America revises its statement of faith.

9. Roman Catholic bishops revisit inerrancy compromise reached at Vatican II.

10. Northwestern College faculty and staff struggle over school's direction.

Collin Hansen is a CT editor at large and author of Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist's Journey with the New Calvinists. To read the whole story

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