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Laidlaw College Lecturer’s anti-Zionist Book Critiqued

Posted by admin on December 26, 2012

Since the latter part of the 20th century, evangelical Christians have constituted what is probably the most significant sector of non-Jewish support for the Jewish state. Such support is hardly surprising. After all, evangelicalism has traditionally professed a high regard for biblical authority and, as we have noted elsewhere, the Scriptures declare Israel’s restoration to her land in the most plain and emphatic terms.

Over the centuries, there have always been Christian leaders and lay people willing to reject replacement theology and the rabid antisemitism that frequently accompanies it. Such teachers have hailed from a broad range of theological traditions but have been united on the issue of Israel’s restoration by their willingness to allow the Scriptures to speak more loudly than the theological traditions of the last eighteen centuries.

The anti-Zionist and militant replacementists of institutions like Laidlaw College and Tear Fund have chosen to target dispensationalism in particular, a theological system whose adherents are often strong supporters of Israel. Apparently Christian anti-Zionists would like to convince others that Christian affirmation of Israel’s restoration is an aberration, an invention of so-called dispensationalism. They are mistaken.

Christians have supported Israel wherever and whenever the biblical text has been granted authority – in practice, not merely as a hollow profession.

Alistair Donaldson, a theology lecturer at Laidlaw College, recently published an anti-Zionist work entitled The Last Days of Dispensationalism. Dunedin’s Sam Mangai has written a review of Donaldson’s work.

Read Mangai’s review here.

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  1. RobEllis December 26, 2012

    Excellent critique – I have studied at Laidlaw (I am almost embarrassed to say) and I found quite a few of the lecturer’s held this ridiculous notion that because I believed in a new heaven and a new earth (from Revelation) – then by definition I did not care for the earth and was less environmentally friendly. When I challenged for evidence – eg a study – of course none could be produced – a reference was made to some random article in a recent magazine…and that is a so called University level institution.
    One lecturer was annoyed with me when I managed to convince one of my class mates that God had a real plan for Israel.
    I learned to avoid to essays that conveyed the dispensationalist view just to pass.


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