Archives For The Forgotten Henry

Previous on The Quotable Henry:
* On Civic Engagement
* The Calling of the Church
* Having An Evangelical Worldview

“The believer’s personal debt of love to God and his passion for the lost impel him, so that Christian activity transcends the antithesis of spiritual and social service.”

- Carl F. H. Henry, “Perspective for Social Action Part II,” Christianity Today 3 (February 2, 1959): 16.

“Whenever love triumphs at the expense of holiness, whenever love takes the priority over righteousness, we have moved outside the scriptural orbit.”

- Carl F. H. Henry, Aspects of Christian Social Ethics (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1964), 169.

“Christian holiness issues no license for the ecstatic enjoyment of the vision of God as a merely private option; rather, it insists that love of God reflects itself in love for neighbor, and enlists men of piety as sacrificial servants of their fellows.”

- Carl F. H. Henry, “Perspective for Social Action Part II,” Christianity Today 3 (February 2, 1959): 16.

“He who withholds love from another because he considers him unworthy removes himself from the love God manifests to us in the gift and death of Christ while we were yet sinners, yea, actually enemies of God.”

- Carl F. H. Henry, “Perspective for Social Action Part II,” Christianity Today 3 (February 2, 1959): 16.

“The compassionate factor in the Christian social thrust, with its eye on the value of the individual, delivers social service from its impersonal tendency to deal with the people as merely so many cases or illustrations of a given complex of circumstances. Social compassion thus holds status as a prime motive and duty of the Church.”

- Carl F. H. Henry, “Perspective for Social Action Part II,” Christianity Today 3 (February 2, 1959): 16.

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Previously:
* On Civic Engagement

The Calling of the Church

“If the new man is eclipsed in present daily life, and the new society is but a future vision, then contemporary alternatives to the Truth will rush in to fill the yawning gap of a plummeting world. Like a street corner observer, the church will be only watching the passing parade instead of leading and directing the rescue.”

- Carl F. H. Henry, “The New Man and the New Society” in God, Revelation, and Authority: God Who Speaks and Shows. vol. IV (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1979), 541.

“The church which bears his name is already called, now, to challenge and contain powers of evil: as the living Body of its living head the church is now to resist the Evil One, not to indict rampant injustices and support the afflicted and oppressed, now to sensitize moral conscience against wrong and for the right, now to exhibit the purpose of God in a new life and a new community while it proclaims the revealed truth and will of God.”

- Carl F. H. Henry, “Good News for the Oppressed” in God, Revelation, and Authority: God Who Speaks and Shows. vol. IV (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1979), 545-46.

“As never before the church needs to exercise her total witness to the world in the context of the truth of revelation and of the reality of redemption.”

- Carl F. H. Henry, A Plea for Evangelical Demonstration (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1971), 123.

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Carl HenryToday marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Carl F.H. Henry. While in seminary, I don’t think there was another theologian who influenced me more. In my free time, I spent dozens of hours collecting all of Henry’s work in journals, magazines, and books in hopes of one day doing advanced studies on his uneasy conscience for the 21st century.

In one of my classes, Fundamentalism & Evangelicalism, I wrote a paper called “Surgeon for Social Change: Carl F.H. Henry and the New Evangelical Conscience. It was the beginning of my exploration of this man’s legacy of thought. I thought in honor of his 100th birthday, I’d post it here on my blog for those interested in reading it.

Thanks, Carl Henry, for your incredible mind, and even more, your uneasy conscience.

» Surgeon for Social Change – Carl F. H. Henry and the New Evangelical Conscience

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