Another great model of a being "black and Reformed" is my old friend Vince Bacote, who now teaches theology at Wheaton College. A Neo-Calvinist, he is seeking to build on the ideas of Abraham Kuyper as he engages in the theological issues of the 21st Century (I have his paper, "A Neo-Kuyperian Assist to the Emergent Church" published here at VanguardChurch).
His latest article, "What is to be done in Theology?" is found at the Comment online magazine website. In it, he offers four items for an emerging 21st Century theological agenda:
- The further development of what it means to live as God's people in God's world--focusing on the Cultural Mandate of Genesis 1 as the "first Great Commission."
- The challenge of the commodification of our church experience--where people are discipled more by a mall-mentality than by the Christian understanding of "church."
- A rediscovery of the importance of the Holy Spirit--transforming a church that is functionally "binitarian" into a truly Trinitarian church.
- The rectification of deficiencies related to race and ethnicity in our theology--where Vince spells out some of his plans to engage with "liberation theology" as an acceptable theological category, and to employ Kuyperian sensibilities to the task.
Good stuff; check it out.