Crossway publishers interviewed David F. Wells regarding his forthcoming book God in the Whirlwind: How the Holy-love of God Reorients Our World (January 2014), asking six questions:
- How does God in the Whirlwind contribute to the work you’ve already done in No Place for Truth, God in the Wasteland, Losing Our Virtue, Above All Earthly Pow’rs, and The Courage to Be Protestant?
- In the introduction, you write that the primary thing that evangelical theology lacks is an understanding of God’s character that carries “weight.” What do you mean by this?
- You’ve coined the term “holy-love” as a way to refer to the essential union of God’s holiness and love. You write, “Today, our constant temptation, aided and abetted as it is by our culture, is to shatter the hyphen.” How does this happen and why is it dangerous?
- How should Christians answer the charge that we are intolerant and exclusive in our thinking about God and salvation?
- You argue that our thinking is fundamentally flawed if we seek to understand God’s love through the lens of our own experiences related to loving and being loved. Why is that? Doesn’t such a claim negate the importance of the imago Dei?
- What is the biggest challenge the evangelical church will face in the next 50 years?
For Wells’s (oft illuminating) answers, go here.