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Generations of Theologians and Pastors

Time Magazine - Generation XAs I read through this list of birthdates of famous theologians and pastors (from a fellow Regent grad‘s blog), strangely I felt like seeing clusters of people. It seems like different generations of people have different characteristics, leaning towards to a different theological emphasis and thought pattern. Perhaps it’s simply that people tend to interact and dialogue with their peers, therefore sharing similar thoughts. Or could it be possible that it is ultimately God who raises up generations of people for His own specific purposes in every point of history?

If so, then I want to ask: What characterizes my generation (born in the 70s)? Who are my peers? What is the context that shaped the generation that I belong to? How is it different from other generations? What is God calling my generation to contribute to the history of His redemptive work? What will my generation be like 30 years from now?

The Birthdates of Famous Living Pastors, Theologians, Christian Leaders, Philosophers, etc. from Church Leadership Conversations with Andy Rowell:

Here they are from oldest to youngest.

Billy Graham (born November 7, 1918)

John Stott, born April 27, 1921)

Jürgen Moltmann (born April 8, 1926)

Tim LaHaye (born April 27, 1926)

J.I. Packer (born July 22, 1926)

Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Alois Ratzinger (born 16 April 1927)

Donald G. Bloesch (born 1928)

Gustavo Gutiérrez (born 8 June 1928)

Jean Vanier (born September 10, 1928)

Wolfhart Pannenberg (born 2 October 1928

Alasdair MacIntyre (born 12 January 1929

Pat Robertson (born March 22, 1930)

John Zizioulas (born 10 January 1931)

Chuck Colson (born October 16, 1931)

Thomas Oden (born October 21, 1931)

Charles Taylor (born November 5, 1931)

Eugene Peterson (born November 6, 1932)

Walter Brueggemann (born 1933)

Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. (born 1933)

Dallas Willard (September 4, 1935)

Walter Wink (born 1935)

James Dobson (born April 21, 1936)

Tony Campolo (born 1935)

E.P. Sanders (born 18 April 1937)

James D. G. Dunn (born 1939)

Ronald Sider (born 17 September 1939).

George Marsden (born February 25, 1939)

Stanley Hauerwas (born July 24, 1940)

Os Guinness (born September 30, 1941)

L. Paige Patterson (born October 19, 1942)

Marilynne Robinson (born November 26, 1943)

Larry Crabb (born 1944)

Walter Wangerin, Jr. (born February 13, 1944)

Oliver O’Donovan (born 1945)

John Piper (born January 11, 1946)

William Willimon (born May 15, 1946)

Mark A. Noll (born 1946)

Martha Nussbaum (born May 6, 1947)

John C. Maxwell (born 1947)

Wayne A. Grudem (born 1948)

Richard B. Hays (born May 4, 1948)

Jim Wallis (born June 4, 1948),

Marva J. Dawn (born August 20, 1948)

N.T. Wright (born December 1, 1948)

Philip Yancey (born 1949)

Rowan Williams (born 14 June 1950)

Tim Keller (born 1950)

Bill Hybels (born 1951)

Sarah Coakley (1951)

John Milbank (born 1952)

Alister McGrath (born 23 January 1953)

Rick Warren (born January 28, 1954)

John Webster (born 1955)

George Barna (born 1955)

Brian McLaren (born 1956)

Miroslav Volf (born 1956)

Kevin J. Vanhoozer (born 1957)

T. D. Jakes Sr. (born June 9, 1957)

R. Albert Mohler, Jr. (born 1959)

Bono (born 10 May 1960)

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