15 January 2009

The Macho Evangelical

I've said before, I'm not much into posting on religion, because that's work, not leisure. But it looks like I'll be making some exceptions. This NYT article on Pastor Mark Driscoll of the Mars Hill Church in Seattle was very interesting, less for the somewhat racy bits (reader warning) than for the profile of evangelical neo-Calvinism that it profiles. Many protestants, both liberal and conservative, have been increasingly uncomfortable with Calvinist predestination. Many evangelicals today might describe themselves as "four-point Calvinists" (Google it), rejecting limited atonement to some degree or other. Others question the doctrine of election altogether. There has always been pushback against this "weak" Calvinism from some quarters, but I find this example especially interesting because it is not egghead theology, but commonman spirituality.

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