Since I work with Mike Horton with the White Horse Inn, am a WSC alum (class of 84), and former student of John Frame, some of you have asked me to weigh in on the issues surrounding Frame's latest book, The Escondido Theology.
Mike Horton has responded to Frame here, in Mike's usual charitable way. Click here
Admittedly I have had no contact with Professor Frame in recent years. He was helpful to me when I was working on my dissertation, and I have nothing against him personally. And so far as I know, he's never said anything negative about me or my work--if he even remembers me. I have not yet read Frame's recent book, and am seriously wondering whether to spend the time and money on it. When WSC speaks officially on this matter with such collective ire, that, in my humble opinion, says a great deal about the book's worth. Click Here
I will say that I find it very disconcerting when a professor of Frame's repute spends so much time and energy trashing the work of some of his best former students. Horton, Clark, and VanDrunen all studied under Frame. Yet, it seems to me, because they find John's views problematic or unconvincing in certain areas, Frame takes personal affront. Given what these men have accomplished, he should be glowing with a professorial pride. But he's not.
I say this based on Frame's down-right mean-spirted and petty review of Horton's Christless Christianity. And now Frame lets it fly toward his old institution and his former students and colleagues in his Escondido Theology in such a way that they do not recognize their own theology in his hands, nor do they have anywhere near the same recollection of events that he does.
Frame's recent theological texts are an important contribution to the Reformed world. But John Frame passes himself off as a fair-minded and reasonable statesman-like figure who seeks to rise above so many of the issues which unfortunately divide Reformed and Calvinist Christians. No doubt, that sounds noble, and indeed it would be, if that was Frame's track record.
Yet this is the same man who throws out the pejorative label "Machen's warrior children," and who actually sides with Joel Osteen over Horton when reviewing the latter's Christless Christianity. This is the man who who seeks to pick a fight with a yet another shot across WSC's bow with his Escondido Theology.
On this matter, John Frame has sure not risen above controversy. He's stooped to create it.