Re: P.J. Bowler book

Date: Tue Jan 15 2002 - 22:59:27 EST

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    I at least partially grant your comment, but Bowler did write "The argument
    developed in this book DEPENDS CRUCIALLY [my emphasis] on this point: the
    reconciliation proposed between nonmaterialistic science and liberal
    Christianity was based on a continued belief in progress and in the
    purposefulness of the material universe [p. 23]". (Though he also added
    "Curiously, the literary elite paralleled more traditional Christian
    thinkers, both evangelical and Catholic, in rejecting this faith, although
    for very different reasons [p.23]".

    Thus I didn't mean to imply that Bowler ignored everything but liberal
    theology; only that such was his main concern, around which other
    events/people are arranged. Also, there were evangelical voices but they
    were mostly Scottish, and Bowler admits that he stuck pretty much to the
    "golden triangle" of Cambridge-Oxford-London.

    Karl V. Evans

    In a message dated 1/15/02 8:29:57 AM Mountain Daylight Time, writes:

    << Karl,


     Your assertion that Bowler's 'main intent was to deal with liberal theology
     and non-materialistic science' is a bit off the mark. There was little
     evangelical thinking to cite viz. Oliver Barclay (Whatever Happened to the
     Jesus Lane Lot (or something like that) and Michael Roberts.


     When an evangelical appeared after WWII - C. A. Coulson - Bowler gives him a
     thumbs up (p. 415ff). John Brooke kept an eye on the manuscript which I
     think would keep the discussion evenhanded.


     Jack Haas

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