Thursday, August 18, 2011

Another great post by Carl Trueman

If you only have time to check out one or two blogs each day, definitely skip this one and check out Carl Trueman's instead.

He just wrote a great post that confronts the seemingly en vogue emergent-like trend that insists we challenge what our less intellectually honest parents, Sunday School teachers, etc. The title of the post is excellent, be sure to check out the whole post:

Here's a great quotation-

Over the last few years I have read dozens of pieces that tell me that it is no longer possible to believe in the historical Adam, in the Pentateuchal narratives, in a Christological reading of the Old Testament, in the Incarnation, in the resurrection, in biblical sexual ethics, and in hell; that, in doing so, I am acting irrationally and am engaged in a desperate quest for certainty. At times such sentiments sadden me; at other times they irritate. A desperate, irrational quest for certainty? How I wish that I might not be certain about a number of those things, given that they fly in the face of my socially liberal instincts.

My response to these criticisms varies depending upon the specific doctrine at issue but I would like to offer one general reply to those who write and email such. I am sorry that you have doubts; I am sorry that your Christian parents or schoolteachers screwed you up with their bad teaching; I am sorry that you can no longer believe the simple catechetical faith that you were once taught; I am sorry that the Bible seems like little more than a confused mish-mash of contradictory myths and endlessly deferred meaning. But that you struggle with doubts does not mean that those who do not struggle in the same way are simply weak-minded, in denial or bare-faced liars. Nor, more importantly, does the mere fact that you have doubts mean that those doubts are necessarily legitimate and well-grounded. Doubting on your part does not constitute a crisis of faith on mine.


cara erickson-park said...

Brilliant. That seems to perfectly capture some of Danon's and my thoughts on the "emergent" folks. Kind of eerie in its descriptions, as we have encountered exACTLY the same things in our contacts with friends who are following such trends. And they think that they are NOT becoming one with group think, that they are breaking new ground, that they are unique and rising above it all. However, they are as much as ever a product of group think, even down to their appearance. I can often spot an emergent-leaner from a mile away. I especially loved his "apology" at the close of the article. I am grateful he has taken the scattered thoughts in my head and placed them on paper. As Carl said and we have experienced: one major irony of the emergentish folks is this: though they claim they place relationships/conversation over truth, many of them have broken their relationships with us OVER our differing worldviews. How ironic. Thank you for sharing, Pastor Tony!

Woody Woodward said...

Wow, great to see Cara pitch in for the first time! Cara, Cheri and I are praying for you and Danon and so glad you are worshiping at Redeemer.
My comment: This powerful thought was posted at a most providential time! As we do our timeshare every year, next week Cheri and I are traveling to our favorite place of God’s magnificent beauty, Angel Fire, NM. I really appreciated Truman’s thought, “At times such sentiments sadden me; at other times they irritate. A desperate, irrational quest for certainty?” We have a couple of dear friends that can’t wait for us to arrive so we can debate just these same topics. It’s seems like a never winning battle but I feel we are the only Jesus, these folks will ever encounter, so we must “be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within us, yet with gentleness and reverence!” And we rest knowing “no word spoken in His Name will ever return empty.”