Interview with Rolland McCune on Systematic Theology

Note: This article has been cross-posted on Andy Naselli’s blog. It appears here verbatim.

Relatively few people agree with every single position taken in any comprehensive systematic theology, but it is valuable to consult a large number and wide variety of systematic theologies in order to understand how others correlate God’s revealed truth. For this (secondary) reason alone, a new multi-volume systematic theology by veteran seminary professor Rolland McCune is definitely worth adding to one’s ST collection.

About Rolland McCune

Rolland McCuneRolland McCune (b. 1934) is former president and current professor of systematic theology at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 1981. He is the author of Promise Unfulfilled: The Failed Strategy of Modern Evangelicalism.

Dr. McCune had a massive influence on me in college and beyond. In my review of Promise Unfulfilled (to which McCune kindly responded), I noted this:
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Meeting Bill through Tom

by Pastor Dan Miller

Editor’s Note: This article was reprinted with permission from Dan Miller’s book Spiritual Reflections. It appears here verbatim.
InterviewI do not know anyone famous. I can boast of no connections to powerful people. And so like most of us commoners, a brush with a person of renown is an experience you don’t soon forget. I have had a handful of these encounters, but one stands out above the rest. I tell this story repeatedly, not because I’m infatuated with the experience, but because it so clearly illustrates a deeper reality I want the world to hear.

Tom White was a high school friend of mine in Pennsylvania. Tom was not famous, but his dad was. Tom’s dad, Bill, was a six-time All-Star and Gold Glove first baseman in the National League from 1956-1969. By the time Tom and I became friends, Bill was a seasoned radio announcer for the New York Yankees and on track to become the first African-American president of the National League (1989-1993).
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Historic Marks of Fundamentalism

Note: This article is reprinted from The Faith Pulpit (June/August 1989), a publication of Faith Baptist Theological Seminary (Ankeny, IA).

Fundamentalism began in the later nineteenth century as a concerned response to the rise of higher criticism and doctrinal deviation and also as a response to the worldly drift among God’s people. How far back does the movement go? Surely not before the Believers’ Meeting held in Chicago, 1875, with their concerns about prophecy and German theology. Some have dated it from 1909, with the publication of “The Fundamentals” and the first edition of “The Scofield Reference Bible.” Surely it dates no later than the 1920 Northern Baptist Convention, when Curtis Lee Laws coined the term Fundamentalist. By any view, however, the movement was a departure from the drifting attitude expressed by mainstream Protestant orthodoxy. A look at the marks of the movement will bring that out clearly. The old Protestants did not seem to have these identifying qualities.
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An Apologia for the 24-Hour Day Creation View, Part 2

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In the first part of this three-part series, I noted that the prevailing view of Christian orthodoxy had been the literal day interpretation of Genesis 1:1-2:3. I also presented four preliminary arguments supporting this twenty-four-hour day interpretation of Genesis 1:1-2:3. Here we will note four of the most prominent alternative views that have arisen largely as a result of the advent of modern geology and its claims about the (old) age of the earth. Read more about An Apologia for the 24-Hour Day Creation View, Part 2

Biblical Authority in Matters of Faith and Practice, Part 2

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Note: Reprinted from Worship in Song by Scott Aniol, published by BMH Books, Winona Lake, Indiana, Used by permission.

aniol_bk_cvr.jpgCHAPTER ONE

Biblical Authority in Matters of Faith and Practice

Critique of the Encyclopedic View of Scripture

Those who promote the encyclopedic view of Scripture in terms of its applicability fail to understand several key princi­ples with regard to Sola Scriptura and the Bible’s own example of moral application.

Sola Scriptura Understood Correctly

First, it is important to recognize that the formulators of the principle of Sola Scriptura never intended it to be applied in the manner of the encyclopedic view. For instance, consider these lines from Article VI of the Westminster Confession of Faith:
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