Vol. 7, No. 1 of the Global Journal will continue the philosophy that has governed the periodical since its inception: solid theology and unquestionable relevance. We are all concerned with the Islamic threat to western values and Muslim opposition to classic Christian affirmations; thus our lead article will deal with “An Examination of the Qur’anic Denial of Jesus’ Crucifixion in Light of Historical Evidences.” Its author, Mark Pierson, submitted this essay as part of his work at the July, 2007, session of Patrick Henry’s International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism and Human Rights, held annually in Strasbourg, France; the essay should serve as an indicator of the high quality of the Academy programmes and encourage other participants to submit their magna opera for possible publication.
Dr Harold F. Carl has provided fine contributions to the pages of our on-line journal in past and will do so again in the forthcoming issue. His essay, “Did the Son Always Exist?” is particularly apropos in light of the unjust criticisms of Tertullian and of the patristic formulation of Trinitarian doctrine and the eternal Sonship of Christ as popularised by Elaine Pagels (and her ilk).
Finally, in line with Patrick Henry’s concerns not only with historic Christian faith but also with its application to political theory and government, Ph.D. candidate Robert Arnold of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary asks–and offers a thought-provoking answer to–the question, “Was Samuel Rutherford a Source for John Locke’s Political Theories?”