Over on his blog Brick by Brick, David Williams is engaging a great question:
Should evangelicals expend so much energy critiquing other evangelicals or should they focus more on defending the faith against movements hostile to Christianity, like secularism or scientism?
I think that’s a great question, one I ask myself periodically.
Williams has given this issue serious thought and has concluded that critiquing evangelicalism remains an important task, because, “there are a number of Evangelical intellectual habits and material positions that are serious liabilities for us as we try to faithfully engage the academy and the wider culture.”
Put another way, evangelicals too often pose bad arguments that hamper serious intellectual engagement, and Williams feels it is important to expose these problems from the inside.I couldn’t agree more. From my little corner of the world, it is a recurring problem in evangelical books “defending” the Bible, but I digress (though not really).
Anyway, Williams makes four substantive points to support his position. I think he nails it:
2. When criticized, evangelicals tend to circle the wagons.
3. Mark Noll’s thesis of The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind persists.
4. The loudest voices among evangelicals tend to be guilty of 1, 2, and 3, and are unchallenged.
Check our David’s post to fill in the details.