Great Stuff: Dr. Kilcrease Reviews Dr. Becker’s Fundamental Theology

Found at Logia Online.

Highly needed and valuable, a review of Dr. Matthew L. Becker’s book, Fundamental Theology: A Protestant Perspective, by a competent academic, scriptural Christian, and confessional Lutheran. Now we have it Logia‘s book review by Dr. Jack Kilcrease.Fundamental Theology

From “Book Review: Fundamental Theology”:

Under the principle that the Bible is not actually the Word of God (or perhaps only in a very qualified sense!), Becker posits that those earlier eras’ written witness to revelation can, in many cases, be discarded altogether in favor of the better human apprehensions of God and his ways during later stages of salvation history (289–90).

Read the whole review here.

About T. R. Halvorson

T. R. Halvorson was born in Sidney, Montana on July 14, 1953, baptized at Pella Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sidney, Montana on November 8, 1953, and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Williston, North Dakota in 1968. He and his wife, Marilyn, are members of Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Sidney, Montana. They have three sons and six grandchildren. T. R. farms at Wildrose, North Dakota, and is Deputy County Attorney in Sidney, Montana. He has been a computer programmer; and an author, conference speaker, instructor, and consultant to industry in online legal information. He is among the authors of the religion column in the Sidney Herald at Sidney, Montana. He is the Editor of


Great Stuff: Dr. Kilcrease Reviews Dr. Becker’s Fundamental Theology — 6 Comments

  1. Dear T.R.,

    Thanks for giving us the “heads up” on this book review. It’s long but thorough and to the point–from what I can see. I am going to print this one out and read it carefully when I have some time. Dr. Kilcrease is really good at this sort of thing.

    Yours in Christ, Martin R. Noland

  2. It will indeed be interesting to read Kilcrease’s review, given that his dissertation is on Gerhard Forde, who like Becker rejected the propositional truth of Scripture (following JCK von Hofmann, a bailiwick of Becker’s).

  3. Robert, Two things:

    1. Yes, my dissertation was on Gerhard Forde. It was a criticism of his position, which you know since you read it. So, I’m rather curious as to why you would leave a comment giving an impression of my work which you in fact know to be false.

    2. Neither Becker, nor Forde, nor Hofmann reject the notion that Scripture contains propositional truth which must be believed. That being said, they should indeed be criticized for rejecting certain propositional truth taught in Scripture. Nevertheless, this is very different than categorically rejecting the notion of propositional truth. When we criticize people, we should accurately represent their work.

  4. @Dr. Jack Kilcrease #3

    FWIW, I didn’t get the impression that Robert meant anything other than that you have already extensively reviewed another guy with the same flaw as Becker such that you should expertise in this area.

  5. An interesting review.

    Though I’ve had my fill of heretical theology texts, I’m tempted to read Becker’s book. Dr. Kilcrease’s summation of Becker’s positions as provisionalist was intriguing as a category I was not previously familiar with… though from the review, I also thought I caught the wafting and decaying scent of Tillich’s process theology.

    Of the many quotes I enjoyed and took away from this review, I think this was my favorite:

    “If we follow Becker’s suggestion, we would operate under the assumption that the Word of God is fallible, but human reason is not. In light of history, this is an untenable position.”

    I was also fond of the use of Thomas Kuhn’s critique of the philosophical assumptions in the paradigm shifts of modern scientific inquiry– something I think needs far more application in current discussions of scientific propositions.

    Thank you for your contribution, Dr. Kilcrease.

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