I couldn’t possibly have a sharper critique of that limited document than
Jamie Smith 3, 2, and 1
Jenell Paris 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
So I’ll let theirs do the talking for me.
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A story becomes smaller the more we make ourselves it’s lead actor and primary protagonist.
May our story grow larger, for the sake of the faith, for the sake of the human race.
I think one thing that needs to be noted about a document such as this Evangelical Manifesto, is that it is written somewhat like a press release. And as with any document, we should consider the intended audience as a means to better understanding the meaning of the doc itself.
If these evangelical leaders are trying to bring the definition of evangelical “in-house”, then they’re faced with the task of explaining things in a way that our sound-bite-sized culture can comprehend- and interact with.
The only problem with this is that this makes for some slightly sloppy, choppy theology that lacks both in terms of sophistication and nuance. More thoughts on the manifesto here:
but Jenell’s post said she mostly “loved” the document and signed it, or was she not genuine in that?