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July 10, 2014
Of course, the term “liberal Protestant” in the Millennial mind means the Mainlines, which conjure up the smell of must, organ bellows, cheap coffee, and watered-down Tang. That’s not hip or energetic enough.
July 9, 2014
The story—a kind of anti-testimony, an un-come-to-Jesus moment—makes readers feel like this is a common occurrence, encouraging some while demoralizing others. It might be misleading, and it might even be rhetorical over-reach, but it is an effective strategy.
July 1, 2014
Do not miss the dialectic of William James here: religion is really personal and individualistic. Everyone is free to make religion into whatever they “feel.” All is negotiable otherwise….
June 16, 2014
“The REC was intended to be the restored episcopal church. It was to be the cause of the revivification of the Anglican Communion, which we now pursue, even in our own small way.”
June 3, 2014
We must keep in mind that there is still much theological plaque that church leaders need to deal with in order to achieve a some kind of organic unity.
May 1, 2014
What the designation seems to boil down to is “evangelicals who dig TULIP.” Of course, that doesn’t do much to explain the broad appeal of it; this, I would have to say, might be substantially explained as a masculine reaction against the feminization of American evangelicalism, a way of really kicking the whole counter-culturalism up a notch.
April 30, 2014
I think for many of us, at least those who grew up in more confessionally-aware backgrounds, we started out with an inquisitorial bogeyman of arch-Tridentine Catholicism, the foil for all our good Protestant doctrines, and then went through the disorienting experience of encountering modern post-Vatican II Catholic theology.
April 29, 2014
The “Reformed irenicism” that we’re all about insists that “irenics” (that is, all getting along peaceably) without history is only skin-deep, a shallow foundation to build a church or a witness to the world.
April 28, 2014
While we applaud and enthusiastically support the modern renewal of Patristic studies (prompted in part by the nouvelle theologie), and the new enthusiasm for the Fathers among many Protestants, we worry that in the midst of this rush to the past, we are at risk of trampling over several of the intervening centuries, imagining that we are already well-familiar with them, when we are anything but.