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Rodney Stark goes into more detail about this here: amzn.to/3wqqShp
1) Interesting how the pushback @timkellernyc gets on this often more deeply looks like a rejection of Augustine on creation & sin: all fallen cultures (& all fallen people) are distinctly disordered versions of the same set of basic building blocks. Christianity reorders them on twitter.com/timkellernyc/s…
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Christianity afforded women much greater security and equality than had previously existed in the ancient classical world for them.
This is why I disown the term ‘centrist’ for myself – and yet, I can fully understand why I might appear that way to lots of people. True Christianity is off the spectrum, though it combines elements across it. I go into more detail about this here: twitter.com/timkellernyc/s…
jobs of this combination of transformed concepts. CST and the Black church do not fit well into any of the “Four Americas” frameworks. Majority-culture Protestants have much to learn from these bodies of teaching, but I believe we have things to contribute as well. 6/7
Because the Bible not only combines but transforms, you can’t say the biblical position is some kind of single point on any political spectrum. In general, the Catholic Social Teaching and the consensus teaching of the American Black Church (see “Doctrine and Race”) do good 5/7
Detached from one another and in a secular worldview “justice/equity” “freedom” “pride in one’s nation” “personal responsibility/choice” all look somewhat different than they do integrated in a Tri-une God-centered worldview. 4/7
The Bible takes certain elements from all these frameworks and combines them—at least that’s what it looks like at first glance. Deeper study reveals, I think, that the biblical understanding of each element transforms it. 3/7
...democratic pluralism—they each exclude and marginalize different classes of people either economically or politically. There’s a lot of truth in that. However, my concern is that none of these frameworks fit in with the full range of Biblical personal and social ethics. 2/7
Thread: Let's talk about "centrism" again. George Packer’s book and article divides the U.S. into “Free America” (Reaganism), “Smart America” (Clintonism), “Real America” (Trumpism), and “Just America” (Sanders/AOC). Many charge that all four frameworks fail to produce a true 1/7
The first episode of How to Reach the West Again podcast is now live! Use the link below to hear from @timkellernyc and Redeemer CTC voices @GiotisKantartzi & @StefanPaas. redeemercitytocity.com/reach-the-west… Available on Apple, Spotify, and Amazon Music. #podcast #gospel #redeemerctc
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Even when we believe with all our mind that life is meaningless, we simply can't and don't live that way.
God seeks social reform and change from [Nineveh’s] exploitative behavior (Jonah 3:8). Jonah also says God will punish sin. We seldom see today an equal commitment to teaching the wrath of God and care for the poor, yet they are theologically inseparable. buff.ly/2OljPmR
Two more books to finish (for now) on faith and worldview: buff.ly/3wtam0p and chapter 1 “Thinking and Being” in buff.ly/3GSuPjZ
"Remind the people to...slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone." (Titus 3:1-2) Biblical counsel to Christian Twitter.
Reason can get you to probability, but only commitment can get you to certainty.
For those pushing back on the idea that all knowledge is ultimately based on faith see this.buff.ly/3CMJs5L Accessible and elegant.
For those pushing back on the idea that all knowledge is ultimately based on faith see this.buff.ly/3CMJs5L Accessible and elegant.
In our default mode of self-justification, we tend to turn neutral cultural virtues of origin into moral absolutes.
My @TGC article on Bavinck's 'critical friendship' with Snouck Hurgronje, en español! coalicionporelevangelio.org/articulo/amigo…
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worldview outright. So we should proceed with humility and respect toward others. But worldviews CAN be compared and examined and recommended to others—we must not neglect doing that. 7/7
All people necessarily operate out of worldviews (C. Taylor calls them ‘social imaginaries’) that are based on non-provable faith assumptions about reality and human nature. This levels the playing field for dialogue in a secular society about religion. No one can prove their 6/7
premises best account for what we see in the world and in ourselves. Fourth, worldviews can be tested for ‘liveability’—which ones provide the best resources for purpose, identity, freedom, happiness, hope—things we cannot live a human life without. 5/7
First, they can be examined for internal consistency—to see if they “smuggle” in truths and values that contradict their own premises. Second, there are some parts—but never all— of the worldview that can indeed be tested empirically. Third, there are ways to weigh which faith 4/
...and that to violate them is not just impractical but wrong. He/She takes it on faith. At the same time, the religious believer cannot demonstrably prove to every rational person that God exists. Yet all of these ‘faith-starting points’ and ‘worldviews’ can be tested. 3/7
...they do. She takes on faith that she’s not in “The Matrix”. (There are no non-circular arguments for the case that our perception faculties are reliable). The secular humanist cannot prove scientifically or logically that all people have equal dignity and equal rights...2/7
Thread: Many non-religious people want to believe that their views of the world are based on reason while religious people’s views are based on blind faith. But all knowledge begins with faith. The scientist cannot prove her memory or cognitive faculties work without assuming 1/7
We should not be thinking more of ourselves as in modern culture or less of ourselves as in traditional culture. Christians should simply think of themselves less. (cf. 1 Cor 4:3-4)
Chap 2 of "A Rumor of Angels" buff.ly/3w6VbJQ argues critics who slash and burn with disdain won't admit that all views are strongly affected by the viewer's social location. Once you recognize that, your critique should be with respect and due humility rather than scorn.
To critique the 'Third Way' approach as "really just a way to curry favor with elites" can sometimes be itself a way of positioning oneself 'above it all', as not yourself being socially located between various communities of thought and politics to one side or the other.
Idolatry is not just a failure to obey God, it's a setting of the whole heart on something besides God.
Example: Jesus' teaching on the kingdom of God (G.Vos) was not half-way between the Pharisees' and the Saducees' view. In both its coming ('already but not yet') and its character (spiritual yet social) it was simply off the spectrum.
Example: Jesus' teaching on the kingdom of God (G.Vos) was not half-way between the Pharisees' and the Saducees' view. In both its coming ('already but not yet') and its character (spiritual yet social) it was simply off the spectrum.
(1) ‘Moderation in all things’ is not Christian counsel. Middle positions can compromise the truth. (2) But Bavinck ("Christian Worldview") shows how Christianity prevents the reductionisms that usually mark the extremes as well.
The first 9 chapters dive into the book of Jonah looking at every verse. Chapters 10-12 switch gears by taking some of the major themes of the book and applying them to contemporary society. buff.ly/3GLuO1c?amp=1
To insist doctrine doesn't matter is a doctrine itself. It's the doctrine that doctrines don't matter.
Glad people are reading this. buff.ly/3tuHfIm. Three very different figures-- Dean Kelley, J. Gresham Machen, and George Marsden agreed on a basic critique of mainline Christianity. It has proven to be true, and I believe largely applies to progressive Christianity today.
The importance of J. Gresham Machen. See buff.ly/3tuHfIm. And read "Christianity and Liberalism" by Machen. Everyone should.
The Gospel is good news, not good advice.
Many on Twitter believe: "If you have a different view than mine, you couldn't have reached that conclusion through good faith reasoning. You must have bad motives for your view--a need for approval and power." But see Westminster Larger Catechism 144/145 and Scripture citations.
Every new generation must find ways to communicate the gospel clearly and strikingly, distinguishing it from its opposites and counterfeits.
If we feel more righteous as we read the Bible, we are misreading it; we are missing its central message. We are reading and using the Bible rightly only when it humbles us, critiques us, and encourages us with God’s love and grace despite our flaws.
Summing Nietzsche: Not truth but power matters, and power goes to those whose followers feel the most ressentiment. If you are part of the outrage machine you are a pawn.
We want the storyline of our lives to go from strength to strength, from success to success, and end happily ever after. But throughout the Bible we see something completely different — a persistent narrative pattern of life through death or triumph through weakness.
Christians are neither moderate nor extremist, but ‘fully orbed fanatics’—fanatically committed to all Jesus’ teaching--fanatically truthful but also fanatically loving. Fully orbed fanatics will not appear to be either moderates or extremists. (M.Griffiths)
Today there are many who believe technology will solve our problems. While science and technology can tell you what can be done and how to do it in the most efficient way, they cannot tell you whether you should do it or not. Science tells us what is and not what we ought to do.
Because God loves me and accepts me, I do not have to do things to build up my resume.
Griffith concludes that Christians should be neither lukewarm/moderate nor extremists but rather “fully-orbed fanatics”. These fanaticisms-held together-prevents you from being either moderate or extreme. It makes you something off the spectrum altogether. amzn.to/3vW3WGR
They are failing to be “fanatical” about ALL the teachings and character of Christ. For example, to be fanatically committed to calling out sin and injustice in society must be joined with just as fanatical an awareness of one’s own sinfulness and limits in understanding.
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