We promised the editor’s paper from the 2009 Beijing Congress of the Philosophy of Law and Social Policy. This was actually a follow-up essay to the one presented at the previous Congress of that body, held in Kraków, Poland, in 2007. These papers have just appeared in a volume published by the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR), under the editorship of Dr Friedrich Toepel of Bonn, Germany, a fine Christian lawyer. * But since the subject matter of both papers is heavily theological (the nature of freewill) and since readers of the Global Journal are unlikely to obtain such a specialized publication, we shall be including both essays in our next issue.
Volume 8, No. 2, will also feature a paper capable of setting the children’s teeth on edge: Dr John D. Wilsey’s “Critique of the Historiographical Construal of America As a Christian Nation.” This essay produced an appropriate stir at the November, 2009, sessions of the Evangelical Theological Society’s national meeting in New Orleans. We are most fortunate to be publishing it, and we trust that readers who make the grave error of thinking that the United States is the Christian replacement of the Israel of the Old Testament—or is by definition at the top of the Almighty’s “most favoured nation” classification—will be helped by it to a more mature theological view of nationhood.