Ad fontes, “to the sources,” was a rallying cry of the Reformation. The Reformers bequeathed to us a heritage, rooted in the Scriptures and their wide-ranging humanistic studies, which sought to address the hard questions of theology, philosophy, and culture in a way that was true to the revelation of God’s word and God’s world. Through this journal, we aim to channel this ethos into a modern context, seeking to explore our questions alongside the great cloud of witnesses and the many exemplars who have gone before us. The goal is to aid ourselves and our neighbors in the wise pursuit of common goods.
Ad Fontes is a quarterly journal (ordinarily, issues will publish in September, December, March, and June) built around an annual theme. The theme for 2019-20 is “A Protestant Christendom?” Each issue will feature a couple of longer articles related to the theme, plus a smattering of shorter unthemed articles, historical sketches, and book reviews.
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Volume V, Issue 1: Fall 2020
By supporters and detractors alike, Christianity is often portrayed as distinctively opposed to modernity. The history of Evangelicalism and Protestant political engagement, at any rate, belie this interpretation. As Moses Bratrud argues in this issue of Ad Fontes, Evangelicalism in the Anglophone world was formed in the crucible of the Enlightenment; its intellectual self-understanding and revivalist tendencies were explained in terms consonant with Enlightenment paradigms. Similarly, although Protestants have, over the past century, been party to various political movements on the left and right, they have too often simply adopted the positions, political and cultural framings, and emphases of their coalitions. For this reason, in “Martin Luther and Tax,” Allen Calhoun seeks to develop a robust and distinctly Protestant approach to taxation and wealth redistribution. How might we think through this perennial, hot-button issue as Protestants? This issue of Ad Fontes also features reviews of Protestants and American Conservatism and The Foolishness of God by Adam Carrington and Bart Gingerich respectively.
IN THIS ISSUE:
“Enlighten My Mind in the Knowledge of Christ”: Evangelicalism and Enlightenment at the Cambuslang Revival, 1742
BY MOSES BRATRUD
Martin Luther and Tax: A Protestant Perspective on Redistributive Taxation
BY ALLEN CALHOUN
The Christian Right (and Wrong): A Review of Protestants and American Conservatism
BY Adam Carrington
Chariots of Fire: The Needed Restoration of Anglican Preaching: A Review of The Foolishness of God
BY BARTON GINGERICH