Evangelical theology cannot merely presuppose its own superiority or absoluteness.  As evangelical theologians, we must argue for the finality of Christian truth claims.  A theology of religion need not necessarily come to a pluralist conclusion that places all religions on the same plane.  As evangelical theologians, we want to do Christian theology in an academic setting.  But, in that context and for the purposes of scholarly reflection, we must remain open to discussion and criticism of our initial Christian axiom that the Christian revelation is fundamentally superior to other religions.  Pannenberg’s middle position points toward a resolution of the fundamental tension between Christian theology and religious studies.  We must get past the basic dilemma posited as a choice between whether revelation exercises priority over religion or religion over revelation.  This poses the question as an absolute either/or.

From: To Know and Love God: Method for Theology by David K. Clark; “Foundations of Evangelical Theology” series (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2003), p. 204.

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