An Open Letter to David Norman: What Do You Believe about Jesus Christ and other Basic Doctrines of the Christian Faith?
Enclosed is an “Open Letter” to President David Norman of Erskine College & Seminary. The author is Mr. Scott Cook, a 2010 graduate of Erskine College. Mr. Cook’s “Open Letter” is in response to an article that first appeared in Reformation21 and then in the Aquila Report.
Here on the verge of the meeting of the General Synod of the ARP Church, are we watching as Erskine College and Seminary becomes the handmaiden of the EC Foundation? The Erskine administration and board (EBOT) are declaring the independence of Erskine from the ARP Church, threatening retaliations from SACS, and sending reports to General Synod that are poorly crafted attempts at dissimulation, obfuscation, disinformation, and slight-of-hand.
Well, the June/annual meeting of the General Synod of the ARP Church has come and gone, and the Editor of ARPTalk is not depressed. The Editor, in fact, was surprised by both the actions of the Erskine Board of Trustees (EBOT) and the General Synod (GS). Included is a recounting of the highpoints of the meeting of the 2011 General Synod with commentary.
While some have thought that what has been termed the “battle for the Bible” was successfully concluded in evangelical circles almost three decades back, there can be little doubt at this point that the doctrine of Scripture is now a front-burner issue among American Evangelicals. In particular, there is increasing interest in the formulations of Karl Barth, whose dialectical theology is thought by some to provide…
An Interview with Dr. R. J. Gore: Regarding the “Statement on Scripture by Concerned Erskine Faculty Members”
If nothing but the last line of this interview were to have been published, it would still have newsworthy! Thank you, Dr. Gore for your time in addressing these few questions.
We live in a world of oppressive uncertainty. In a world where so many things are going wrong and a cacophony of voices solicits our allegiance, where can one go for direction? Some would say, just rely on your experience. Yet Peter points to an even more certain witness…
This article, by Mr. Seth Stark, is how an outsider, a Californian and a graduate student who has recently become an ARP, sees the relationship between the ARP Church and Erskine College and Seminary.
The news from the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America is woeful. It is the opinion of the Editor that any resemblance that now exists between the PC(USA) and historic Christianity is only vestigial or accidental. Indeed, the PC(USA) is now a denomination of woe!
Sadly, it is now well known in most of the conservative Reformed theological world that Dr. Hughes Oliphant Old, holder of the John Leith Chair and the Director of the Institute of Reformed Worship at Erskine Theological Seminary, has, in his most recent book, The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church, vol. 7: Our Own Time, written that he does not “believe in Satan, demonic spirits, and demon possession.”
Editor: The paper below is by Erskine Theological Seminary professor Dr. Richard Burnett. Dr. Burnett is a humble friend of the ARP Church who attempts to help the poor, benighted ministers and lay people of the ARP Church understand the theological failure of the doctrine of inerrancy. He is concerned that we are hopeless anti-intellectuals [...]
ARPTalk Extra #5 – Dr. Richard Burnett Publicly Acknowledges That He Does Not Concur With Inerrancy!
At the end of an acerbic diatribe filled with unsubstantiated accusations against the Editor of ARPTalk and others, Dr. Richard Burnett, Professor of Systematic Theology, Erskine Theological Seminary, has publicly acknowledged that he does not concur with the theological position of the ARP Church on the authority of the Bible and desires to instruct the ministers of the ARP Church on their defective understanding of the inerrancy of the Bible.
Welcome to the seventh issue of ARPTalk. Life has been busy and interesting in ARPdom as of late. The Erskine Board meeting. The Fall meetings of the ARP presbyteries. As a matter of fact, the amount of news is such that one issue of ARPTalk is not enough to cover all the news and to [...]
Welcome to the fifth issue of ARPTalk. Featured in ARPTalk(5) are the following seven (7) articles: Do Burnett and Bush Affirm Inerrancy? No! Is This a Metaphor for Erskine’s Future? by Dr. Mary Anne Fleagle; An Open Letter to the Seminary Committee; Kudos to Erskine College for Academic Recognition, from Erskine NetNews; Old Challenges, New [...]
The third issue of ARPTalk contains the following: A review of Dr. Peter Enns’ book, Incarnation and Inspiration, by Dr. William Evans, Erskine College, “Some Reflections by a Christian College Professor.” This review is found in the E-Magazine, Reformation 21. The link for this article can be found HERE. This review is also part of [...]
Unfortunately a platform for discussion and communication doesn’t exist in Arpdom. The Associate Reformed Presbyterian magazine no longer has a “Letters to the Editor” section. The Highroad is financially strapped and infrequently published. With the advent of computers and internet, e-mail opens the door to both instant communication and the wide circulation of ideas at [...]