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Carl Henry

5 Minutes in Church History with Stephen Nichols

Ligonier Ministries

Religion & Spirituality, Christianity, History

4.81.6K Ratings

🗓️ 3 April 2024

⏱️ 6 minutes

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Who was Carl Henry? What part did he play in shaping modern evangelicalism? Today, Stephen Nichols tells us about the tremendous influence that Henry had in his roles as an academic, apologist, author, theologian, and more.

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visit Ligonier.org slash 2024. Welcome back to another episode of five minutes in church history. Back in 2019 we did an


episode entitled What is an evangelical and in that episode I


introduced two figures architects of modern evangelicalism this would be


evangelicalism especially in America, from post World War II on.


And those two figures were the theologian, Carl F. Henry, and the evangelist, Billy Graham. On this episode, let's spend some time


getting to know Carl Henry.


He was born in 1913 in Long Island, New York.


His parents came to America from Germany and Henry and his parents spoke German in their home


and that would be a distinct advantage for him later as he engaged those German theologians.


Well Henry was a brilliant student. He graduated from high school a little early at the age of 16 and he immediately went right to work in the newspaper business as a journalist.


In three years he was editor of the Smithtown Star, a town right in the center of Long Island,


and he was also a regular contributor to the New York Times.


In the summer of 1933, he was converted.


And that summer, he visited Frank E. Gabeline


of the Stony Brook School, also on Long Island, and Gableine recommended that Henry go to Wheaton College and off to Wheaton he went.


At the time, Jay Oliver Buswell was president, he was quite the theologian and philosopher, but it was the professor Gordon Clark, who probably had the most influence, while Henry was at Wheaton.


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