Sunday, September 23, 2012
Important Book I'm Now Reading
I'm reading an interesting and very important book entitled, Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism. The four views presented in the book are Fundamentalism, presented by Kevin Bauder, Confessional Evangelicalism (in other words, Reformational), presented by Albert Mohler, Generic Evangelicalism, presented by John Stackhouse, Jr., and Postconservative Evangelicalism, presented by Roger E. Olson. Bauder is professor of theology at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mohler is the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky, John Stackhouse is professor of Theology and Culture at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada and Roger E. Olson is professor of theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in Texas. Bauder has a great paragraph which IMO really defines the fundamental root and foundation of Christianity. On p. 27 he writes, The sins for which Christ died are personal sins entailing personal guilt and requiring personal salvation. In other words, the environmental, social and psychological effects of sin are symptoms. The gospel is about personal redemption and the forgiveness of sins. In any articulation of human sin, personal guilt must remain primary. Note the part where he says that "environmental, social and psychological sins are symptoms." I think we can also add other things to that list like social justice. This has to be one of the strongest arguments against postmodern " progressive/emergent" thinking. I will continue to report about this important book,published just last year, as I continue my reading of it.