Volume 4.1
Spring 2017


The essays in this first issue of the fourth volume of the Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology are drawn from papers read at theological symposia in August 2015, October 2015, and June 2016 hosted by the Center For Pastor Theologians in Oak Park, IL. These meeting brought together clergy from various denominational backgrounds within the evangelical Christian tradition to discuss and explore the timely question of the relationship between faith and science. Essay contributors in the issue include Jim Samra, Dillon Thornton, David Rudolph, Chris Bruno, Gary Schultz, and Gerald Hiestand. Book reviews in this issue will likewise focus both on both contemporary and classic works relating to science, as well as the intersection between faith and science.


“Faith as an Epistemology: Hebrews 11:3 and the Origins of Life” — Jim Samra

“Consecrated Creation: First Timothy 4:1–5 as an Underused Remedy for the Cosmological Dualism Prevalent in the Church” — Dillon T. Thornton

“The Science of Worship: Astronomy, Intercalation, and the Church’s Dependence on the Jewish People” — David Rudolph

“Creation and New Creation: How should our Understanding of the End Influence our Understanding of the Beginning?” — Chris Bruno

“The Cosmological Aspect of the Atonement and the Integration of Faith and Science” — Gary L. Shultz Jr.

“The Bishop, Beelzebub, and the Blessings of Materiality: How Irenaeus’ Account of the Devil Reshapes the Christian Narrative in a Pro-Terrestrial Direction” — Gerald Hiestand


Andy Crouch. Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling — Chris Bruno

Oliver O’Donovan. Resurrection and Moral Order: An Outline for Evangelical Ethics — Joshua D. Chatraw

Owen Gingerich. God’s Planet — Benjamin D. Espinoza

C.S. Lewis. Perelandra — Ed Gerber

G.K. Beale. The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God — Robert S. Kinney

Collin E. Gunton. The Triune Creator: A Historical and Systematic Study — Matthew Mason

Gerald Manley Hopkins. The Major Works, Including All the Poems and Selected Verses — Benjamin J. Petroelje

Susan E. Schreiner. The Theatre of His Glory: Nature and Natural Order in the Thought of John Calvin — Joseph H. Sherrard

Jonathan R. Wilson. God’s Good World: Reclaiming the Doctrine of Creation — Gary L. Shultz Jr.

Alister E. McGrath. Science and Religion: A New Introduction — Dillon T. Thornton

Stephen W. Hawking. A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes — Matt Ward