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Revitalizing Theological Epistemology:

Holistic Evangelical Approaches to the Knowledge of God

By Steven B. Sherman

Revitalizing Theological Epistemology

Revitalizing Theological Epistemology:

Holistic Evangelical Approaches to the Knowledge of God

By Steven B. Sherman

An analysis of the epistemological underpinnings of evangelical theology, such as how to respond to the rise of postmodern criticisms of foundationalism.

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ISBN: 9780227173343

Specifications: 229x153mm (9x6in), 278pp

Published: April 2010


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ISBN: 9780227903445

Specifications: 292pp

Published: June 2015

In Revitalizing Theological Epistemology Steven B. Sherman addresses questions about what evangelical theology ought to be doing in light of the changing cultural situation. He wonders if the Christian faith should continue to be presented and defended mainly according to the foundationalist principles inherited from the thinkers of the Enlightenment, when growing criticism of modern thought is affecting virtually every discipline. He asks if evangelicalism and its intellectual leaders ought to "wait it out" or whether they should "re-vision" their theology, and offers a constructive proposal for reframing theological epistemology that draws creatively on the work of missiologist Lesslie Newbigin.

This book is about contemporary evangelical approaches to the knowledge of God, considering – and suggesting – ways Christian philosophers and theologians envision and make use of theological knowledge in a postmodern context.


1. Introduction: The Rise of Postconservative Evangelical Theology
2. The Emergence of Postconservative Theological Epistemology
3. The Essence and Development of Postconservative Theological Epistemology
4. Lesslie Newbigin's Theological Epistemology: A Commendable Paradigm for Evangelical Theology
5. Constructive Proposal for Revitalizing Evangelical Theological Epistemology: A Holistic Approach
6. Conclusion: Selected Practical Steps for Revitalizing Evangelical Theological Epistemology


Steven B. Sherman is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Winebrenner Theological Seminary.

In this insightful book, Steven Sherman explores issues that are at the heart of current debates about the foundationalist epistemology not only with philosophical and theological savvy, but also with a deep commitment to the truth of the Gospel Richard J. Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary
This book represents a very important contribution for helping us understand the emerging shape of the Evangelical theological voice. Steven B. Sherman provides the reader with an excellent overview of recent developments in chronicling the rise of post-conservative evangelical theology Craig Van Gelder, Luther Seminary
Sherman offers a well-researched and highly readable overview of evangelical epistomology's journey from foundationalism to postconservatism. ... His synopsis of the complex development of Pinnock will prove to be a fine contribution to understanding the legacy of this influential theologian. Daniel B. Gallagher, in Reviews in Religion and Theology, Vol 19, Issue 1

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