Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Real Scandal of the Evangelical Mind by Carl Trueman

Seventeen years ago Mark Noll came out with his The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. Noll criticized the lack of cultural and theological engagement among evangelicals. There was no “mind.”
Now, Trueman says, the real scandal is that there is no “evangelical.” Evangelicalism doesn't exist. There is no consensus about evangelicalism's identity. There is no clear doctrinal definition within the greater Christian community. Its identity cannot be determined by shared doctrine or experience.
Trueman reports that Christian institutions now deemphasize their doctrinal distinctives to build their size and influence and be more acceptable to an inclusive culture. Speakers and authors call themselves evangelicals even though they equivocate on homosexuality or the authority of Scripture. “If evangelicalism has no boundaries, then no boundaries have been transgressed...”
Trueman's analysis to the change of viewpoint on the homosexual issue is alone worth the price of the book. “With evangelicalism no longer defined by doctrinal commitments, there can and will be no evangelical consensus on homosexuality.” He predicts that biblical authority will continue to be eroded, as will the historical Adam.

I highly recommend this book for anyone desiring to understand the current state of Christianity and its possible future. This little book explains a great deal.

Carl Trueman is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary (PA). He is also a Council Member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He has authored a number of books. You can find out more about him at his WTS faculty page. You can read articles by him at Reformation 21.

Moody Publishers, 44 pages.
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