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Applause

posted by Scot McKnight

I give Roger Olson an applause for an accurate sketch of the American evangelical coalition, of the influx of a fundamentalist spirit that is taking over (and rob our freedom in Christ), and of the difficulty of the middle road. […]

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Evangelicalism’s Radical Diversity 7

posted by Scot McKnight

Here’s one of the most important observations that Steve Wilkens and Don Thorsen make in their new book, Everything You Know about Evangelicals Is Wrong (Well, Almost Everything): An Insider’s Look at Myths and Realities . Not all Evangelicals are Republicans. But […]

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The Future of Evangelicalism 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Alternatives and Elements Hence, the rise of alternatives: the ancient-future movement spearheaded by Robert Webber, the emergent/emerging movement spearheaded by young thinkers and leaders, like Brian McLaren, who knew fundamentalism and neo-evangelicalism’s coalition wasn’t listening to the youth culture, and […]

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The Future of Evangelicalism 2

posted by Scot McKnight

The Neo-Evangelical Coalition Breakdown Why has the coalition broken down? I don’t know for sure, but I think the following two are contributing factors: First, some evangelicals who were nurtured in fundamentalism never really softened enough to be big tent […]

The Future of Evangelicalism 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is a part of a piece posted last Monday at Patheos.com, which was also picked up by WaPo. But, I want to have a discussion about it here so I will spread it out over three days (MWF) on […]

Are Christians Really….? 7

posted by Scot McKnight

Now the big one: What do non-Christians think of Christians? This chp is an examination of one of the most common observations made in the last decade, and it is an observation made often among emerging folks. I’ve made the […]

Are Christians Really….? 6

posted by Scot McKnight

This is the chp some of you are waiting for. In this chp, Brad Wright examines the big one: Are Christians loving?  And I’m going to depart from normal custom and give the results first: When it comes to measures […]

Evangelicalism’s Radical Diversity 2

posted by Scot McKnight

When you hear these two words, the words “evangelical” and “eschatology,” what is the first word that comes to mind? I’m asking you for the first thing that comes to mind. Here’s what would probably be said by conventional culture: […]

Are Christians Really….? 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Do Christians behave like Christians? Are they any different?  What do you think? If you run up and down your neighborhood, what observable differences do you see in those who say they are Christians? Tell the truth. Do empirical studies […]

Evangelicalism’s Radical Diversity 1

posted by Scot McKnight

So just how do you define an evangelical? Do you go with David Bebbington’s four-fold breakdown: Bible, Cross, Conversion and Active Christian living?  Steve Wilkens and Don Thorsen, both profs at Azusa Pacific, have a new book that takes on […]

Are Christians Really….? 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Where do Evangelical and Protestant church members come from? Are they born into their group or do they convert into this group? This is the question Brad Wright asks and probes in the 4th chap of his excellent new book, […]

Are Christians Really….? 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Are evangelical Christians poor, uneducated, Southern and white? (Not that anyone has anything against any of the groups.)  This is the question Brad Wright asks and probes in the 4th chap of his excellent new book, Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites…and […]

Misperceptions of Evangelicals

posted by Scot McKnight

We’re living in days where false images of evangelicals abound. The knack here is not to play the victim card and start blaming everyone else. The knack is to describe the scene. Which leads me to a new book… Steve […]

Christ and the Dragons 7

posted by Scot McKnight

James Emery White’s , in his new book ( Christ Among the Dragons: Finding Our Way Through Cultural Challenges), offers nothing less than a stunning chp on the importance of the church, and we will close this series with this post. And […]

Are Christians Really….? 1

posted by Scot McKnight

As I mentioned Monday afternoon, I’ve got a new book sitting here that will be a dynamic book to read and blog about. It’s one of the most encouraging and myth-busting books of the last two decades. The book is […]

Christ and the Dragons 1

posted by Scot McKnight

James Emery White thinks evangelicalism is teetering over a precipice. Or, put in his words about the evangelical world he once knew, “that era of evangelical faith in America is now gone.” Perhaps that is fine, he adds. What he […]

Evangelicalism’s Biggest Challenge

posted by Scot McKnight

Claiming something is evangelicalism’s biggest challenge is sport for some. I’ve heard a number of items, including complementarianism, the Second Coming, and socialism. I want to register my suggestion, and I believe this idea erodes the very core of evangelicalism. […]

The Challenge of Adam 5 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

I am currently reading a book by David N. Livingstone, Adam’s Ancestors: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Human Origins. David Livingstone is Professor of Geography and Intellectual History at Queen’s University, Belfast and this book reflects both of his […]

Family First? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

A couple of times last week Scot advertised a conference on Evangelicals and the Early Church to be held next week at Wheaton College. I wish I could attend, as it looks fascinating. But one of the things I noticed […]

The Blue Social Model and the Kingdom of God

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is a very serious critique of the mainline by Walter Russell Mead, and I offer it to you for conversation. It was sent to me by a friend, an Episcopalian priest, and one who observes that too many today […]

Science and the Evangelical Mission (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Last Friday David Opderbeck introduced Ken Wilson’s essay Science and the Evangelical Mission in America. Wilson’s message is that the approach we take to issues of science and faith will have a profound impact on the willingness of people to […]

Scofield and His Bible

posted by Scot McKnight

I don’t know how to measure the impact, but the Scofield Bible and its form of dispensationalism has probably shaped American conservative, populist evangelicalism more than any other set of ideas. I grew up with Scofield, the first Bible I […]

Mainline University Bias?

posted by Scot McKnight

A post by Dan Wallace, over at Parchment and Pen, has more than 400 comments and I’ve been asked to weigh in via this letter below. The gist is that Professor Wallace (at Dallas) has suggested there’s enough bias against […]

Faith and the Future 4 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Today’s post wraps up our brief series on Harvey Cox’s new book The Future of Faith. The last several chapters of the book, and in fact various passages throughout the book,  present some of Cox’s thoughts on the future of […]

Faith and the Future 1 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Today I begin a series of posts looking at Harvey Cox’s new book The Future of Faith. We’ll see how long it goes – at least a couple of weeks. Cox is the Hollis Professor of Divinity emeritus at Harvard […]

Rob Bell on “Evangelical”: Follow-up

posted by Scot McKnight

Yesterday I posted a recent interview with Rob Bell about what an “evangelical” is, and I said I’d weigh in today. I don’t think Rob Bell has defined “evangelical” but given a set of statements that are true about the […]

Is (low church) Evangelicalism Protestant?

posted by Scot McKnight

Early in September October I sat down with Bryan Chapell’s new book, Christ-Centered Worship: Letting the Gospel Shape Our Practice , and studied his chart on the order of services in the Church, what he called the “Liturgy of the […]

Missional Campus Ministry 4 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Last week I took my eldest to Bethel University in St. Paul (well Arden Hills) where moving in was truly an experience. The President of the University and his wife, Jay and Barb Barnes, greeted each and every new student […]

What is Consumerist Christianity?

posted by Scot McKnight

Skye Jethani, at Leadership magazine and Out of Ur blog, has created a bit of a dust-up about “consumerist” Christianity with his new, very good book: The Divine Commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity . His book does three […]

How Old is Evangelicalism? William Andrew Tooley

posted by Scot McKnight

 How Old Is Evangelicalism?  Andrew Tooley There is a dustup these days about the origins of evangelicalism: is it to be traced to the Reformation or to the 18th Century? (Never mind that many just say it goes back to […]

World Christianity and America 2

posted by Scot McKnight

We don’t get the issues (behind the book) on the table with descriptive clarity until chp 4 in Mark Noll’s new book, The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith, and in my estimation Noll is […]

Courtly Love in the Courts of God

posted by Scot McKnight

This was posted last week at Out of Ur blog but I’d like to re-post it here. A peculiar development occurred in the medieval age about love. Behind closed doors and in the rush of brief encounters there developed what […]

Excellent Church Study Guides

posted by Scot McKnight

Have you seen the new series from Christianity Today International? There are a number of volumes in this series, and I’m privileged to be in two of them. These books take CT articles and turn them into study sessions for […]

Education, Discipleship, and the Future 3 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

One of the topics Scot has emphasized of late has been the future of our church and the importance of youth ministry – defined to cover anyone from 12 to 30 or so.  We have been discussing an aspect of […]

Will Evangelicalism Survive?

posted by Scot McKnight

Mark Galli, senior managing editor at Christianity Today, has just responded to Michael Spencer’s (iMonk) colossal prediction of the imminent collapse of evangelicalism. I’d like to shift this conversation a bit to two other questions to see if we might […]

Who are the NeoReformed? 2

posted by Scot McKnight

We are looking at the rise of the NeoReformed; we began Monday and this is part two. The NeoReformed movement of which I speak is an attempt to capture evangelicalism, redefine it by some clearly-defined doctrines that are Reformed, and […]

Who are the NeoReformed?

posted by Scot McKnight

I have been using the term “NeoReformed” now for a year or two and a few of my friends have asked me what I mean and why I don’t just calls such folks “Reformed”. This post will sketch who they […]

Artists Struggling with Evangelicalism 4

posted by Scot McKnight

One of the more interesting artists in the history of the West is Vincent Van Gogh.  One of the more fascinating dimensions of Van Gogh’s art was his expression of hope in bright yellow colors, and the absence of such […]

A Statement Worth Pondering

posted by Scot McKnight

What do you think of this statement? It was said by someone named Basil Willey about Francis Newman (John Henry Newman’s brother) and I found it in the Hempton book in the post we had earlier today. What “story” is […]

Artists Struggling with Evangelicalism 3

posted by Scot McKnight

One of the most famous converts from evangelicalism to Roman Catholicism, someone I write about in Finding Faith, Losing Faith: Stories of Conversion and Apostasy , was John Henry Newman. Today we look at his brother, Francis, who also was […]

Artists Struggling with Evangelicalism 2

posted by Scot McKnight

George Eliot was Mary Ann Evans (1819-1880), and a famous novelist. She is the subject of David Hempton’s first study in how artists struggle with the evangelical faith ( Evangelical Disenchantment: Nine Portraits of Faith and Doubt ). Eliot’s most […]

Artists Struggling with Evangelicalism 1

posted by Scot McKnight

On this blog we have given lots of attention to faith and science and the struggle scientists have with the orthodox Christian faith. What about artists? I read this statement not long ago and want to have a conversation about […]

Fundamentalists Flop-flipping

posted by Scot McKnight

Steven Waldman, editor of Beliefnet, recently sat down with Rick Warren for an interview, and in the midst of that interview Rick Warren said a negative thing or two about the social gospel. Waldman’s had several posts about the interview.  […]

What do Evangelicals do well?

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m proud to be an evangelical. I think we do many things well. Some will roll their eyes with those first two statements. Why? Criticizing evangelicalism is fashionable and evangelicals have joined the fashion, sometimes with apocalyptic fervor.  I wonder […]

Why I am not a Catholic or Eastern Orthodox

posted by xscot mcknight

Mr. McKnight, I would like to echo a question that someone asked above, and I don’t think you replied to it (unless I missed the answer, in which case I apologize.) The question is: why are you still an evangelical, […]

When Willow Creek last summer

posted by xscot mcknight

When Willow Creek last summer released its Reveal study, lots of folks took Bill Hybels and the seeker movement to task. Most were waiting for something to criticize; some took the time to read it; some really did study it […]

“Evangelical”

posted by xscot mcknight

Two recently published items illustrate the “evangelical” problem — David Wells’ grumpy summary screed of his four volumes that, for over a decade, have attempted to reveal how superficial evangelicalism is and the generously-spirited Evangelical Manifesto. What is happening? Let […]

Reforming 12

posted by xscot mcknight

Roger Olson’s next chp in Reformed and Always Reforming takes on yet another crucial theme: tradition and orthodoxy in postconservative evangelical theology.

Reforming 11

posted by xscot mcknight

Well, a real bug-bear of a term now comes up in Roger Olson’s Reformed and Always Reforming, chp. 5: Propositionalism. What is it? And what are the alternatives when it comes to understanding revelation and Scripture?

Reforming 10

posted by xscot mcknight

The 4th chp in Roger Olson, Reformed and Always Reforming, is about the influence of postmodernity and postfoundationalism on postconservatives. The chps sweeps through many ideas with names and quotations, but I can only give a sampling here and I […]

Reforming 9

posted by xscot mcknight

Olson admits that his characterization of conservative evangelicalism’s conservative emphasis is “impressionistic” but he puts it like this: “A habit of the conservative theological mind is to specialize in reiterating traditional doctrinal formulations and criticizing reconstruction and reformulations of doctrine” […]

Yet Another Letter

posted by xscot mcknight

A letter which the young candidate would like discussed: Dear Scot, I am 34 (10 years part time youth ministry experience) and currently in discussion with a local congregation about joining their staff as FT Youth Pastor. During my first […]

Reforming 8

posted by xscot mcknight

What are the tasks of theology? This question, asked by Roger Olson in the 3d chp of Reformed and Always Reforming, is a question I wish more would ask. Here are his four points:

Reforming 7

posted by xscot mcknight

So, how do postconservatives articulate the order of first experience with theology a second-order articulation of that gospel experience? According to Roger Olson (Reformed and Always Reforming) this can be found in the following theologians:

Pete Enns, WTS, and CT

posted by xscot mcknight

Pete Enns, professor at Westminster Theological Seminary, has been suspended and Christianity Today has a long article. The comments there are mostly uncharitable and accusatory, and we will have to guard the comments here carefully. So, please be charitable.

Reforming 6

posted by xscot mcknight

Roger Olson, in Reformed and Always Reforming, argues that conservative evangelicalism has a one-sided emphasis on doctrinal content as the essence of Christianity and a corresponding neglect of experience. Postconservatism, accordingly, has an experiential impulse.

Reforming 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Chp 2 of Roger Olson, Reformed and Always Reforming, is about “Christianity’s Essence” and his concern is “transformation over information.”

Reforming 4

posted by xscot mcknight

What then is postconservatism? What is the postconservative evangelical impulse? Roger Olson, in Reformed and Always Reforming, sees six features. Friends, this is the singular contribution of this book and it will be discussed for years to come, and this […]

Reforming 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Two streams flow into Evangelicalism today according to Roger Olson in his fine new study, Reformed and Always Reforming. Here are the two streams, and they derive also from the fine studies of Mark Noll, the Dean of American Church […]

Reforming 2

posted by xscot mcknight

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Roger Olson, in his Reformed and Always Reforming, lists four features, yea five, that characterize evangelicalism and that are common between conservatives and postconservatives. In other words, he defines who is […]

Reforming 1

posted by xscot mcknight

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Sometimes it is necessary to describe and classify and map in order to understand both who we are and what we think and who others are and what they believe. This […]

Come Monday

posted by xscot mcknight

Monday we begin a series on Roger Olson’s new book, Reformed and Always Reforming. I promise to interact with this book a little more, not because I disagree but because he’s sketching stuff I am seeing too. When I was […]

Always Reforming?

posted by xscot mcknight

When I began working on The Blue Parakeet, I had in mind a book that would show the extremes in evangelicalism on four or five topics and show how a third way, the way of moderation, is both more accurate […]

Mapping the Church Today

posted by xscot mcknight

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Last week we posted Michael Patton’s “map.” His was an attempt to create a map that revealed where specific emergent folks were to be placed theologically with respect to orthodoxy. Michael’s […]

Cedarville and Shane Claiborne

posted by xscot mcknight

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) As some of you may know, Shane Claiborne was invited and then uninvited to speak at Cedarville University, a Christian college in Cedarville OH. Here is Shane’s comment at God’s Politics. […]

Christian Biographies 1

posted by xscot mcknight

Over Christmas break I read six biographies, one of which I posted about already but which will come up again later this week. Today I want to focus on my favorite biography of the break: that of William Tyndale, by […]

Willow’s Reveal Study

posted by xscot mcknight

Thursday morning David Fitch and I will be on WMBI radio, a little after 7:30am (Central Time), on The Morning Show to discuss Willow’s now controversial “Reveal” study. In my listening and reading of the responses to this study, I’m […]

Divine Embrace 6

posted by xscot mcknight

Not only is legalism a problem for evangelicals, but so is what Robert Webber calls “intellectual spirituality” (84-87 in The Divine Embrace). How does this manifest itself?

Divine Embrace 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Legalism, both ethical and doctrinal, distorts spirituality. So, the first four pages of chp 4 of Robert Webber’s The Divine Embrace is all we’ll look at today.

Divine Embrace 4

posted by xscot mcknight

The essence of chp 3 of Robert Webber’s The Divine Embrace makes a simple contention: no matter how we turn the dice, the numbers of the earliest spirituality are not turning up in contemporary evangelicalism’s understanding of spirituality. He believes […]

Ancient-Evangelical Future Conference

posted by xscot mcknight

Friday and Saturday, along with Kevin Vanhoozer and Edith Humphrey, as well as Howard Snyder, Vince Bacote, David Fitch, and David Neff, I participated in the Ancient-Evangelical Future Call conference at Northern Baptist’s Seminary‘s pleasant surroundings.

Divine Embrace 3

posted by xscot mcknight

The crisis Christian spirituality faces is how it came to pass that spirituality became separated from the divine embrace. This is discussed by Robert Webber in chp 2 of The Divine Embrace.

Divine Embrace 2

posted by xscot mcknight

What is Christian spirituality? If the popular meaning of spirituality is “experience of the Beyond or the transcendent or of God,” Robert Webber, in The Divine Embrace, contends Christian spirituality is about “God’s embrace.”

Divine Embrace 1

posted by xscot mcknight

Robert Webber for more than thirty years called evangelicalism to its historical roots. It is a fact that far too many evangelicals simply don’t know their church history but Bob educated an entire generation of Wheaton students in what many […]

Consuming Jesus 6

posted by xscot mcknight

How then can we turn from a consumerist church to become a race-less and class-less church? This practical question drives chp 6 of Paul Metzger’s Consuming Jesus. There has been lots of theology and lots of abstraction so far, and […]

Consuming Jesus 5

posted by xscot mcknight

How then do evangelical Christians begin to take steps to reorder the church so that it becomes less a consumeristic society and more of a race-less and class-less community around Jesus? This is the question he seeks to answer in […]

Our Ancient Evangelical Future

posted by xscot mcknight

Nov 30 and Dec 1, at Northern Seminary here in the suburbs of Chicago, The Ancient Evangelical Future Conference and the Grow Center are hosting an event dedicated to the primacy of the biblical narrative. There will be some papers […]

Consuming Jesus 4

posted by xscot mcknight

How best to transform the evangelical church so it will gain sight to eliminate its blindness to such things as racism and classism and consumerism? Here Paul Metzger, in Consuming Jesus, reveals his evangelicalism.

Consuming Jesus 3

posted by xscot mcknight

What kind of gospel, or what kind of atonement theory, must be articulated in order to lead evangelicals out of their blindness into a life that pursues both reconciliation with God and with others? This is the question asked by […]

Consuming Jesus 2

posted by xscot mcknight

What is the contemporary church blinded to? The fun of this question is that the one who asks it nearly always assumes he or she knows the answer and is privy to something most aren’t. I don’t think it is […]

Consuming Jesus 1

posted by xscot mcknight

We begin a series today on a book by Paul Louis Metzger called Consuming Jesus. This will be a fitting complement to Brian McLaren’s Everything Must Change since this book calls evangelicals to explore the the consumerist origins of racism […]

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