Essential Evangelicalism: The Enduring Influence of Carl F. H. Henry

Andrew T. Walker | September 18, 2015


There seems to be a resurgence in Carl F. H. Henry studies. For this, students of evangelicalism should be resoundingly thankful. While most lay evangelicals have regrettably never heard of Henry, a reprisal of his work and approach to both evangelical theology and identity is badly needed in our time.

Enter the new volume Essential Evangelicalism: The Enduring Influence of Carl F. H. Henry, edited by Matthew Hall and Owen Strachan. Hall, professor and administrator at Southern Seminary in Louisville, and Strachan, professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Seminary in Kansas City, have assembled an all-star lineup of scholars reflecting on Henry’s rich theological legacy.

Reasons for Engaging 

Hall and Strachan have given the church a wonderful gift, for few theologians demand wide acceptance and saturation like Henry does. Since this is a review of an edited volume of essays on differing topics, I want to focus less on the specifics of each essay and more on the rationale that birthed the book in the first place. In the series preface, the editors expound on five reasons to engage with Henry, which bear repeating here:

  1. Henry provides a model of orthodox theological engagement with an unorthodox world.
  2. Henry’s philosophical engagement can provide young evangelicals with…

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