Some posts here on more election stuff, but I promise, some additional content if you’re just sick of dealing with people ranting about the election.
More on Evangelicalism and the public intellectual – This is more on a discussion continued from last week and the increasing absence of such an entity as the Christian public intellectual. It’s a meaty article, but I seriously encourage your engagement with this topic. I legitimately believe that we live in a very fraught age, and that our success as a voice calling the nation to repentance and godliness is going to require grappling with questions like this.
Conservative Protestantism has an impoverished elite, an unimpressive scholarly culture, and is poorly networked. With the rank apostasy of mainline Protestantism and the exodus of conservatives from such institutions, conservative Christian thinkers feel as though they have no intellectual home. What’s more, they operate in a culture that is more populist in orientation, which can stifle excellence rather than empower it.Alastair Roberts
I do wonder how evangelicalism can hope to function in the production of rigorous, credible, engaging, and compelling culture with some of the tendencies which this article exposes. The article does get a bit gloomy at the prospects, but I’m hopeful that these challenges can be navigated. The destruction of former power structures and consolidated instutitions brings with it many difficulties, but it also frees us from the accumulated inertia of those instutitions.
I don’t know, perhaps some of my interest in this particular topic is the same reason as my interest in this blog. This blog is intended (in my concept, at least) to be a forum for the production of content by a movement which has been notably fragmentary, individualistic, and diffuse. Despite this, I seem men around myself who have a genuine desire to do God’s work and to do it well. Those of you who are a part of the Bible Presbyterian Church, I urge you to consider what part you have in rebuilding our voice in this nation. If we are content to live in our little evangelical and fundamentalist ghettos, not only will we inevitably wither and diminish, but we are not attending to the Lord’s call to speak his Word to the nations. The separatist ideologies so essential to the foundation of the denomination require serious consideration, both in their particulars and their implications.
Just a few articles here on the election – I will avoid too much commentary, as I’ve already had most of my rant earlier this week. I commend all of these articles to your consideration.
Carl Trueman – this is actually from before the election, but I think there’s a lot of useful thought about the changes which this election signifies in our public discourse.
James White – if you’re interested in primarily election stuff, the first part of this video is what you should listen to. The latter part, concerning Ecclesiastical Text arguments, might be interesting to some of you, but it’s relatively academic and addresses issues which have not been seriously debated in our denomination (to my knowledge, at least).