I’ve been monitoring for some time one of the great debates of our culture today. One can define it differently, but it seems to be a increasing refocus of the evangelical visible church. The movement is definitely progressive, and often funded by a supportive group of billionaires. It’s also powered by an increasing acceptance and tolerance for ignoring or dismissing as irrelevant what are traditional Biblical ideas. And in the midst of this there is a great deal of effort to gain the high ground of Biblical authority. It used to be the so called “Religious” right tried to politicize the Bible, it’s much more likely today the “Religious” left is doing this.
If you have the stomach and the time for reading about the issues, you can see the more pointed side over at Pulpit and Pen. Below is a quote from one article. It’s best to read it online, as the reference links are quite detailed. Btw, bloggers like this are accused of being divisive, and that keeps many people from paying attention to the issues. But is it really better to ignore it, or buy into the denial syndrome, or to confront it head one. The article speaks about a debate about just that. I don’t like that the writer uses some inflammatory words, but I have read and studies The Reason for God myself, and really didn’t like it for other reasons….Keller seemed to be consummately waffling, never making a really strong case, avoiding any controversial doctrinal statements, and rarely stating a solid Biblical principle until the very last few sentences. Almost never taking a clear stand. I really dislike his spin on Creation and involvement in supporting BioLogos.
Now, I’ll do something Trueman didn’t do, which actually deal with Keller’s own words…
In The Reason for God (2008), Keller divulges that the Frankfurt School and Neo-Marxists had a profound influence on his thinking. He claimed – and I quote – to have been, “heavily influenced by the neo-Marxist critical theory of the Frankfurt School.”
As one researcher put it “Keller closes [his book] The Reason for God hoping his readers will become ‘true revolutionaries’ and will ‘go from here’ into churches that are devoted to actions of social justice. He seeks to spawn the realization of the ‘desperate need’ he felt as a college student ‘to find a group of Christians who had a concern for justice in the world but who grounded it in the nature of God rather than in their own subjective feelings’ (link).”
[Tim] Kauffman writes in his two-part article at The Trinity Review in reference to Keller, “There is one high-profile Marxist who is particularly effective at repackaging Marxism for a Christian audience, but due to his ability to disguise his economic philosophy, he is largely flying ‘under the radar’.”
BTW I’ve also read both the Williams and Kauffman book and articles.
There is more in this debate here:
A few weeks ago I included this in one of my blog posts. Much of the debate focus is on this.
Perhaps even the cultural change of the gospel that comes through the Prosperity gospel, or the New Apostolic Reformation(NAR) or the Social gospel/Social Justice movement. For that last one check out this good series:
One of my friends accused MacArthur of being inflammatory
Original Dallas Statement is here:
Finally, I posted an article about Judgment here:
Numbers 31; Psalms 75–76; Isaiah 23 – A word about Judgment