Monday, October 03, 2011

Circus Evangelium?


For this afternoon's offering, I take you to the Pyromaniacs blog, where Phil Johnson offers some comments on the current campy state of evangelicalism.

I say that with a wince, because I am still trying to hold on to the term "evangelical" for myself, with a deep nod of appreciation for its original definition and original stances on doctrine.

If the decay continues within the evangelical camp, I'm going to have to find another word or series of words. It's not as easy as it might sound, because we live in an age where everything gets redefined within weeks or months of its original usage.

2 comments:

crownring said...

Bread and ciruses? Shudder...........:(

lee n. field said...

"with a deep nod of appreciation for its original definition and original stances on doctrine.
"


It's a good word, somewhat debased of late. What evangelical has meant has changed over time. The original protestant reformers were "the evangelicals". Not too long ago, it was a synonym for protestant. Darryl Hart covers how the term has drifted in his Deconstructing Evangelicalism. Worth reading. (As long as I'm recommending Hart, listen to Mark Dever interview him for 9 Marks. Apropos, recommended.)