sad news: the passing of Donald G Bloesch

I learned of the sad news on the Western Seminary ThM blog run by Marc Cortez where he posted the following:

Donald Bloesch, professor emeritus at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and a longtime conservative voice for renewal in the United Church of Christ, passed away on Tuesday. Bloesch had been influential evangelical voice for over 40 years through a wide range of writings, but particular his Essentials of Evangelical Theologyand Christian Foundations series.

I first encountered Bloesch during my seminary years, and he quickly became one of my favorite evangelical theologians. I appreciated his careful thinking, his critical engagement with a wide range of biblical scholars and theologians, and his evangelical appropriation of Karl Barth’s theology. In many ways, he modeled how a committed evangelical can and should engage a broad range of theological voices. I’m sure that I’m not alone in saying that his contributions have been greatly appreciated and his voice will be missed.

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This is indeed sad news – he was a good theologian and I too was introduced to him in seminary (a class on Christology) and enjoyed reading his book Jesus Christ: Savior and Lord in the Christian Foundation series.  I also have his book Holy Scripture: Revelation, Inspiration & Interpretation (Christian Foundations) which I haven’t had the chance to get into yet but am sure will be interesting to read.