Sunday, September 24, 2006

Christianity Today: "Young, Restless, Reformed"

"Young, Restless, Reformed" in Christianity Today is a very interesting article recounting the resurgence of Reformed theology among young Evangelicals - why it is so appealing to them and why the author doesn't believe it to be a matter for concern:
Evangelicals have long disagreed on election and free will. The debate may never be settled, given the apparent tension between biblical statements and the limits of our interpretive skills. In addition, some will always see more benefit in doctrinal depth than others.

Those fearing a new pitched battle can rest easy. That's not because the debate will go away — for the foreseeable future, the spread of Calvinism will force many evangelicals to pick sides. And it's not because mission will trump doctrine — young people seem to reject this dichotomy.

It's because the young Calvinists value theological systems far less than God and his Word.

1 comment:

  1. I believe this dynamic is absolutely at work among SDB's. There has been much discussion about the perceived "swing" from the theological predispositions of the 60's and 70's to the contemporary position(s).

    Looking at my younger counterparts, I think we are more conservative and reformed in our theology than many other generations. It will be interesting to see how this dynamic will play out. One of the most interesting parts of this issue is the rejection of the standard dichotomies. The newly Reformed do not necessarily equal full blown Calvinists, which is interesting.


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