And Now for a Little Controversy… « Prof. John Stackhouse’s Weblog

And Now for a Little Controversy… « Prof. John Stackhouse’s Weblog.

John Stackhouse is one of the authors of this book. Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism, to be published later this month.

Here is a spicy quote, to wet you appetite and make sure you read the blog post:

Brother Mohler, however, was someone I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting but whose considerable shadow I have judged to both bless and blight the landscape of American evangelicalism, as it has his own denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention. Since Al seems to imply at every turn that his position is the one all right-thinking Southern Baptists, evangelicals, Christians, and human beings ought to hold–since he thinks it is simply the gospel truth–and since I am pretty sure it isn’t that, and also since I try to engage  in public controversy only with people who are in some sense public figures who have invited such controversy by asserting their views as normative in public…well, then how could I turn down the opportunity to interact with Brother Al? I couldn’t, so I didn’t.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

4 thoughts on “And Now for a Little Controversy… « Prof. John Stackhouse’s Weblog”

  1. “…And controversy is fine so long as it does not obscure where we agree: we must be careful to say just what is at stake and what really isn’t–a rhetorical approach that has not generally been the strong suit of fundamentalists, for whom Everything Matters and disagreement on this or that tertiary subject can easily be viewed as disagreeing with The Very Word of God and therefore you must not be a Christian and in fact you have the spirit of Anti-Christ…”

    A refreshing sense of humour with this Brother (a fine line there with the over-use of the word “brother” as well in the article)

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    1. I like this guy a lot, even if I do not always agree wit him (which is unimportant). He comes from the same tradition as I do (what he calls, ironically, ‘the One True Church’, the Brethren), so I understand a lot more than what he overtly says.
      He has edited some years ago an excellent book called, ‘Evangelical Ecclesiologies?’ that deals seriously and inquisitively with a rare subject in evangelical theology.

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      1. I looked up for it on amazon.
        In the short description of the book there the evangelicals are aptly named “a loose coalition of Christians”, an expression new to me.
        The book sounds promising as it deals with the evangelical ecclesiology which is always a hot potato in the evangelical hands.

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      2. Indeed. Interestingly enough, most, if not all, authors are coming from magisterial Reformation traditions. One of my favourite chapters is the one on Celtic ecclesiology, written by Keri Dearborn, She is good.

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