Laidlaw College Lecturer’s anti-Zionist Book Critiqued
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.
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