A Rift in the Modern Church, Part 3 of 3: Three Suggestions

A Rift in the Modern Church: Where It Originated (Part 1 of 3)

In the prior post I mentioned that evangelicals and liberals* tend to have differing starting points: Scripture as interpreted historically, going back to the creeds (evangelicals); and science along with the best of contemporary culture and learning (liberal theologians). With such disparate starting points, it's hard to achieve productive dialogue between the two sides. Thus, I'd like to offer three suggestions: Listen: As an...

A Rift in the Modern Church, Part 2 of 3: Liberal-Evangelical Dialogue

A Rift in the Modern Church: Where It Originated (Part 1 of 3)

Part 1 of this series is here. It's about working with evangelical and liberal students on campus. A few years ago I was sitting in a fascinating seminary class called “Liberal-Evangelical Dialog.” I’d already been in that dialog for a decade at a pair of liberal colleges in Minnesota. I’d found the conversation between liberals and evangelicals on campus stimulating, challenging, and sometimes frustrating....

A Rift in the Modern Church: Where It Originated (Part 1 of 3)

A Rift in the Modern Church: Where It Originated (Part 1 of 3)

I've been reading the noted historian, George Marsden, professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame. He tells of the great split that occurred among Protestants in the early 20th c. between "liberals" and "evangelicals." Liberals were concerned to save the intellectual respectability of Protestantism. In response to cultural forces as represented by Darwin, Freud, and scholarly critique of the Bible, liberals reinterpreted Christianity...

Speaking of LGBT+, Part 2 of 2

Speaking of LGBT+, Part 2 of 2

In the last post I noted that Christian students are often torn between their beliefs from home and their friends at school. Because their home (Christian) beliefs sometimes lack depth and support, they accommodate themselves to secular norms at school and drift away from the Bible. This I have witnessed too many times to count. To my thinking, the problem stems from a lack...

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