Polemics & Exchanges

On Modern Evangelicalism

Having read Aaron D. Wolf’s piece on the late Carl F.H. Henry (Cultural Revolutions, February), I wonder: Isn’t it self-evident that, if a Christian remains separated amidst an increasingly depraved culture, he eventually becomes “extremely separated”?  You call it fundamentalism; I call it biblical.  When Paul reasoned with the philosophers in Athens, he did not intellectualize the Word of God.

I agree with Chronicles’ assessment of our culture.  I disagree, however, with the neo-evangelicals’ proposed “engagement” of it.  Intellectually defending Christianity does not accomplish much of anything.  We see where it has led—to such plain, outright worldliness in the Church that it is hard to tell the Christians from the pagans.

The purpose of the Church is not to guard against apostasy nor to foster unity but to advance the spiritual growth of the saints (see Ephesians 4).  The reason She has failed in the first two is that She has failed in the third.  Intellectualizing has exacerbated the problem.

The problem is, and always has been, sin.  If the heathen don’t get it about sin, they won’t get it if you intellectualize the Word of God, either.

I agree with Dr. Henry that many theologians need to be...

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