Patheos and the Future of Evangelicalism

If you haven’t seen the series, Patheos has asked a horde of bloggers to prognosticate on the future of evangelicalism — and it’s an admirable set of sketches from a variety of angles. I didn’t have time to read them all, nor do I pretend to know each author, but there’s a problem when it [Read More...]

Did Evangelicals Re-Engage Culture with Neo-Evangelicalism?

The standard narrative: the fundamentalist movement turned American evangelicals/fundamentalists away from cultural, political and social involvement and Carl Henry’s famous The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism called evangelicals back into the engagement. In Matthew Avery Sutton’s new book, American Apocalypse, that story is challenged, and here are three lines then the pertinent paragraph calling Henry to task, [Read More...]

American Evangelicals and the American Apocalypse

I was nurtured in the kind of American faith that was utterly convinced that the Rapture or the Second Coming — in essence, Judgment Day — was coming soon, if not very soon, and it was a good thing to be on the right side, which we were. While our pastor did not regal us [Read More...]

A Few Thoughts for My Friends in the Gospel Coalition (by David Moore)

By David George Moore.  Dave blogs at Two Cities. Bear with me a bit, but some personal background is needed.  Theologically, I have sympathies with a “Calvinistic” understanding of salvation, but a deeper commitment to the “consensual Christianity” that theologians like Wesleyan Tom Oden have written about.  This is the Christianity which finds its anchor [Read More...]

Three Problems for Politicizing a Local Church

Let’s agree with a general observation: evangelicals churches tend toward Republican politics while the mainline churches tend toward Democrat politics. I see three problems with this widespread reality in the American church, and I’m sure you can add to this brief discussion of other problems: What impacts of politicizing the church do you encounter? First, [Read More...]

A Liberal’s Take on Evangelicalism

Kelvin Holdsworth offers his ideas of what evangelicalism is and at the link you can read his explanations. Do you think this is fair? accurate? adequate? shallow?  I thought I might help Malcolm out with 10 things about Evangelicals that Evangelicals tend not to tell you when you first encounter them and when you first encounter [Read More...]

Evangelicalism: Ten Changes (by Roger Olson)

Source (where you can read his explanations for each change): What do you think? What has changed the most in your lifetime? What are the most dramatic changes? First, when I was growing up and well into my early adult years evangelical Christianity in America focused much attention on the return of Jesus Christ. Second, and [Read More...]

What to Call the So-Called New Calvinists?

My friend, Bob Robinson, has made a good case for seeing the New Calvinists as Neo-Puritans. I don’t think we can know this for sure, but it is indeed possible that on this blog that group was first called the Neo-Reformed, but a commenter said they are not really Reformed since they are mostly Baptists and [Read More...]

All About Adam (RJS)

From The Economist All About Adam commenting on the ETS session at Baltimore (HT R): A trickier controversy has been triggered by findings from the genome that modern humans, in their genetic diversity, cannot be descended from a single pair of individuals. Rather, there were at least several thousand “first humans”. That challenges the historical [Read More...]

Liberation Themes among Evangelicals

“The culture wars, of the late twentieth century began, in part,” Molly Worthen contends, “as a civil war within evangelicalism” (177). So she states in her study of the “gospel of liberation” among evangelicals in her fine study, Apostles of Reason. In the 1960s some American evangelicals looked to the church’s precedents in dealing with the [Read More...]


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