In Is There a Future for God's Love? Henry H. Knight III explains how evangelical theology’s historic commitment to revealed truth can still function in a world that is averse to truth claims and allergic to all forms of authority. Yet in addition to revealed truth, evangelicalism has always insisted on a direct, personal encounter with God in Christ and on personal involvement in God’s mission to redeem the world. How does evangelical Christianity’s understanding of a loving God life fit in a world suspicious of any claim to a normative encounter with the divine? How can one answer the call to love and serve in God's name when all such calls are viewed inherently intolerant? In this book Knight wrestles with these and other questions of how evangelical Christians can prayerfully discern while also contextualizing the gospel in order to live with faithful effectiveness while avoiding unfaithful compromise.
In an age when “love” is easily used as an empty slogan within both culture and church, Knight’s work is a sobering, hopeful, and joyful reminder of the profound Christian claim that love involves true transformation because its source and future is God. This book has the capacity of enchanting its readers anew in the beauty of the Wesleyan theological vision and of making a compelling case for its extension in the midst of the challenges we face today.
--Daniel Castelo, Associate Professor of Theology at Seattle Pacific Seminary and University
Judiciously worded and highly informed, Hal Knight has given us an intensely practical book--sound theology for the church. Knight's historical and theological expertise combine with his evangelistic flair to lead readers into a fresh vision of authentic evangelical, Wesleyan theology that challenges at fundamental levels the assumptions governing the lives of church-going Christians. Even more important, he offers a way forward to those would would follow the "more excellent way."
--W. Stephen Gunter, Associate Dean and Research Professor of Evangelism and Wesleyan Studies, Duke Divinity School
Hal Knight’s newest book is a decisive Wesleyan contribution to the question of how to reorder distorted human affections, desires, and hopes toward the coming reign of God in a racialized, consumerist, and narcissistic world. Readers across the evangelical spectrum will want to hear this voice crying out amid the North American wilderness.
--Amos Yong, J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology, Regent University School of Divinity, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Knight makes an important contribution to a Christian theology of love by taking into account two interacting formative factors often overlooked (or avoided) by evangelicals: external cultural assumptions and internal affections or dispositions. This enables him—and us, if we follow his example—to tackle issues such as racism and consumerism in the church, accounting for our failure to live up to our spiritual birthright while also embracing hope for real transformation. For any who desire the freedom to participate in God’s mission of renewing love, this book clearly and compellingly points the way.
--Douglas S. Hardy, Professor of Spiritual Formation, Nazarene Theological Seminary
Knight’s follow-up to A Future for Truth should be the one new book in every theology class. Knight adeptly articulates the difference between evangelicalism and the political right. He confidently points out the theological challenges with both modernity and postmodernity, helpfully guiding readers toward a deeper understanding of orthopathy as the way forward in today’s culture. Readers will come away with a new appreciation for evangelical theology as a viable conversation partner in today’s convoluted theological arena.
--F. Douglas Powe, Jr., Ph.D., Saint Paul School of Theology, E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor of Evangelism and Associate Professor of Black Church Studies