Adrian Warnock on What is a Christian?

Here are links to two stimulating posts by Adrian Warnock on What is a Christian, and What is an Evangelical? See what you think.


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  • Kullervo

    I think that the church in the first millennium did a pretty thorough job of defining “Christian,” and they did so in a context that was riddles with schism and divergent doctrine that makes the “Mormon Moment” pale by comparison. I’m not sure why we need to engage in re-definition now.

  • Kenny Johnson

    Hmm.. by his definition, I think I’d be excluded from the Evangelical community.

    I’m uncomfortable with a lot of his wording — but these stuck out:

    1. I’m not sure what a literal approach to the Bible is, but the term is loaded and its not one I would use for my approach to the Bible.

    2. That belief in open theism is contrary to Evangelicalism. I tend to lean towards open theism, so I guess this also keeps me out of Evangelicalism.

    It’s ok though. Because the media and the general population tends to view Evangelicalism as nothing more than the Religious Right (which I’m not part of) and fundamentalism, I’m not sure I want the label anymore anyway.

    So maybe I should just thank Adrian for kicking me out!

  • Matt

    Are the “evangelicals” the best type of Christian?? If so, then believing in infant baptism is keeping me that one step away from joining! How did you score Ben?

  • Taylor

    I liked the part about evangelicals responding to opinions with “show me that in the Bible!” My pastor (who classifies herself as an evangelical) frequently says this as the “particularly protestant thing to do”.

  • Mark

    In another column Warnock suggests that Rob (the heretic) Bell doesn’t let the Bible speak for itself. Which Bible would that be? Which bit of manuscript, in which arcane language? How do we interpret the meaning of words and their intent when the culture and language being spoken no longer exists? What about the worldview of the culture that informs the language? Was it the same as Spurgeon’s or Billy Graham’s? He never asks; what is the Bible, who wrote it and why? He simply assumes that God dictated it and men wrote it down without prejudice in what presumably would be some kind of universal and easy to understand form and then shipped off to your local bookstore. If he knows better you couldn’t tell by his writing.

  • Saša Nikolinović¸

    Agree with Kenny.
    @ Mark. I agree with you. Living in 95% Muslim city I can say that such an approach to the Bible (God dictated it and men wrote it down) equates the Bible with the Quran and some other books that people holds as holy. It leads to dogmatic positions on questions that can not and need not be treated that way. What I hate most is that as a result it brings divisions, which is one of ‘greatest’ heritage (sins) of evangelical movement.

  • Kristina D

    So very interesting.

    Your picture reminded me of this video I recently came across– it’s a cute little song about how Jesus and his followers actually Occupy Jerusalem.

    Anyways, here it is:

    Which, it has a point.