American Evangelicalism, An Evangelical Manifesto, Friend of Grace Fridays

>Friend of Grace Fridays

>Friend of Grace Fridays: Our Mafia mascot, Grace, provides a weekly collection of posts from blogs & articles we dig or otherwise find interesting.

Updated to add:
Friend of Grace A Post-Evangelical Manifesto by Raffi Shahinian, parable of a prodigal world. “And there was a time for Evangelicalism, as popularly construed. The damage, however, was done when these movements held on too long. At their best and brightest, these were all movements with gigantically important things to say, wrongs to right, and light to shine. But then, each in its own time, something very dangerous happened. They became enthralled by the success of their movement, by the righteousness of their protest. They became entrenched. They became stagnant. They slowly began to elevate, and then to equate, the rallying cries of their movement to the gospel message itself. In the words of N.T. Wright, woe betide us if in our efforts to win yesterday’s battles, we ignore today’s and tomorrow’s. And so, with fear and trembling, I present here a suggestion for a Post-Evangelical Manifesto.”
See also: Response to a Post-Evangelical Manifesto by Tim Wilson, Christ-Centered Blogging

Friend of Grace Please, We’re Not That Kind of Evangelical by Richard John Neuhaus, First Things. Neuhaus on An Evangelical Manifesto: “As I say, there is much that is admirable in the manifesto, especially in its theological affirmations. But mainly it comes across as a striking instance of evangelicals approaching their cultural betters with hat in hand and pleading to be liked, or at least less disliked.”

Friend of Grace Ergun Caner on the Evangelical Manifesto. Ergun Caner, President of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, on An Evangelical Manifesto: “We are not ‘owned’ by any political party, but we will stand with and for candidates that are for our values, and against those values that we see as unbiblical, such as homosexuality and abortion. I absolutely stand against the tenor of the NPC meeting that seemed to distance itself from our forefathers in evangelicalism. Men such as James Dobson and Jerry Falwell stood for truth and righteousness. I not only thank God for these men, I believe we must carry on this fight. It is our duty to continue their stance, not run from it when criticism makes us unpopular. Popularity is not the goal of an evangelical; Converted souls in heaven are the ultimate goal. You do not change a culture by surrender. This is precisely what the document seems to do. “

Friend of Grace “Evangelical” by Scot McKnight, Jesus Creed. McKnight on An Evangelical Manifesto: “Three groups today threaten to destroy the fabric of historic American evangelicalism: The Religious Right, which seems to think all evangelicals have the same political views; The Neo-Reformed, who think Calvinism is the only faithful form of evangelicalism; and The Political Progressives, who like the Religious Right think the faithful form of evangelicalism will be politically progressive. Let me offer a peace offering into this unfortunate turn of events. I believe the threat of complete disintegration is far more serious than many today seem to realize.”

Friend of Grace An Evangelical Manifesto? by James A.K. Smith, GenerousOrthodoxy Think Tank. Smith on An Evangelical Manifesto: “Do we need an ‘Evangelical’ Manifesto? Is it ‘important’ to ‘keep the term?’ I remain unconvinced, particularly if keeping the ‘distinctives’ of ‘Evangelical’ means buying into some rather simplistic hermeneutical moves. And at the end of the day, I would rather be part of a Manifesto that can be affirmed by ‘mere’ Nicene Christians rather than ‘Evangelicals’ alone.”
See also Smith’s: Take 2: An Evangelical Manifesto and Take 3: An Evangelical Manifesto and a Covert Colonialism.

Friend of Grace The New Evangelicalism: “Not to Attack or Exclude” by Deepak Chopra, On Faith panelist. Chopra on An Evangelical Manifesto: “The strikingly new note in the Evangelical Manifesto is that it intends to be conciliatory. In affirming that they totally identify with their faith, the writers quickly declare that their purpose is ‘not to attack or exclude.’ This seems to reverse the very impulse that brought the religious right to power politically.'”

Friend of Grace A Show About Nothing by Dan Edelen, Cerulean Sanctum. Edelen on An Evangelical Manifesto: “It’s not enough to say we believe something and would like to see that something come to fruition. We have to find ways of answering that elusive question of How. How do we practically put this manifesto into play in the way we live from day to day?”
See also: That Legacy Thing

Friend of Grace No Place for Complacency: David Wells on The Courage to Be Protestant. Interview by Collin Hansen, CT. “David Wells spoke with CT editor at large Collin Hansen about ‘truth-lovers, marketers, and Emergents in the postmodern world.'”

Friend of Grace We’re Not Finished. Abortion is Not Simply One Item On Our Social Agenda by Stan Guthrie, CT. “If everything is a priority, then nothing is.”

Friend of Grace Church transforms into coffee chain. “‘People liked the coffee a lot better than the ministry, according to congregational surveys, so we’re practicing what we preached and focusing on our strengths,’ says former teaching pastor and now chief marketing officer, Peter Brown.”



8 thoughts on “>Friend of Grace Fridays

  1. >”Jeff,Thanks for the link back to Cerulean Sanctum. I appreciate it. Blessings to you and your readers.Ooze on, man!”Sure! Good to hear from you, Dan. Take care.

    Posted by Jeff Wright | May 25, 2008, 2:22 pm
  2. >”Gotta go with what you’re got at, I guess.”Oops, meant to say what you’re “good” at.

    Posted by Jeff Wright | May 25, 2008, 2:20 pm
  3. >Jeff,Thanks for the link back to Cerulean Sanctum. I appreciate it. Blessings to you and your readers.Ooze on, man!

    Posted by dle | May 25, 2008, 2:36 am
  4. >Ah, it takes me back to the good old beginning-of-the-month threads over at the Ooze. :)Regarding the WPC and the overall nature of the political section, they were either dishonest or naive.I’m inclined to say naive–I do think that the group has Barthian delusions, and I think that they just didn’t grasp the irony of trying to be Barth on television. But then again, I’m a bit of a Neil Postman devotee, so I’m more likely than most to be suspicious of television. 😉

    Posted by Nathan P. Gilmour | May 25, 2008, 1:38 am
  5. >Can you believe that church turned itself into a coffee shop? Wow. Gotta go with what you’re got at, I guess.

    Posted by Jeff Wright | May 25, 2008, 1:07 am
  6. >”I think that unveiling it at the Washington Press Club betrays a certain naivete about the neutrality of influence in Washington, but I don’t think it’s simply a campaign-year stunt.”No doubt. Regarding the WPC and the overall nature of the political section, they were either dishonest or naive. I don’t/won’t believe its the latter so, yes, they were naive. As far as the timing of the release, I understand that they have been working on this for a few years but its really hard for me to believe that they just so happened to release the statement in the middle of election year politics.

    Posted by Jeff Wright | May 24, 2008, 11:00 pm
  7. >Okay. I finally read the Manifesto, and I couldn’t help but think that the authors of the piece are trying to invoke the Barmen Declaration, with its own oblique references to its own age’s party of family values and defense of civilization. That’s not to assert right off the bat that there’s any strong analogy, so put your Godwin’s Law guns away, but the parallel is there.Once again I don’t know whether Nauhaus’s bit about cultural betters is entirely accurate: this document seems to be a call from inside a spiritual territory that not everyone sings in chorus with the folks behind the microphones. I think that unveiling it at the Washington Press Club betrays a certain naivete about the neutrality of influence in Washington, but I don’t think it’s simply a campaign-year stunt.

    Posted by Nathan P. Gilmour | May 24, 2008, 9:35 pm
  8. >I’m not sure that Neuhaus’s “cultural betters” claim works, mainly because I’m not sure that American Christianity or America in general has any intelligible “culture” in which one might be better or worse. I still need to read that manifesto before I can comment or vote in Grace’s poll, though.

    Posted by Nathan P. Gilmour | May 24, 2008, 6:52 pm

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