Posts Tagged ‘evangelicalism’

Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated

There’s an alarming story floating around the blogsphere for the past week about the death of evangelicalism. This story first originated on Michael Spencer’s blog and then was picked up by The Christian Science Monitor. Spencer’s predictions are dire and portentous. Simply put, evangelicalism, as we know it here in the West, is “on the verge… of a major collapse” and will cease to exist within 10 years. This doomsday prediction is partly based on the simple premise that evangelicals are slow to understand, exegete, and adapt to the changing social and cultural landscape and have failed to pass on the fundamentals of Christian faith and spirituality to the next generation. Added to this mix is the encroaching pressure of secularism, and evangelicalism, in Spencer’s view, will not survive such onslaught. In its place, Pentecostal, Catholic, and Orthodox churches will thrive, and Western evangelism would benefit to receive missions from Global South churches. [….]


Catholics and evangelicals together

returnI picked up this little book at the 2008 annual Evangelical Theological Society meeting last November in Providence, Rhode Island. Francis Beckwith, who was the former ETS president in 2007, narrates his return to the Roman Catholic church. This fine book is divided into two parts: personal narrative and theological reflection. I found the latter part to be quite insightful since Beckwith provides his raison d’être for becoming a Catholic again (he was baptized as an infant in the Catholic church). Beckwith’s reflection focuses on the Reformers’ notion of imputation versus Catholic’s infusion of righteousness and grace. This reflection, not surprisingly, is based on several Patristic readings, which, I believe, today’s evangelicals could greatly benefit from. I’ve always found the idea of “forensic” imputation to be arbitrary and stilted. [….]


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