Today I would like to direct your attention to a series of posts over at Michael Spencer’s blog, in which he looks at unresolved tensions in evangelicalism.
In the first post of the series, he looks at that mostrosity known as the Christian worldview (some of us might call it the Biblical worldview or other things). Basically, the Christian worldview is the idea that when you accept the Bible as true you accept a whole host of things which go monumentally far beyond what the Bible actually says, including (for instance) but by no means limited to the following: that the earth was created in six actual, literal days; that there was an actual flood covering the entire surface of planet Earth about four thousand years ago; that the sun actually stood still as described in Joshua 10:13-14; that everything the Israelites did to the children of the Canaanites was right because God ordered it; that Saul’s exhibition of what we in modern times would describe as mental illness was in fact the result of an evil spirit sent by God and that most if not all mental illness is the result of demonic activity; that abortion is wrong in all circumstances and anyone who supports it in any instance for any reason whatsoever is an evil murderer with the blood of millions of innocent unborn children on his/her hands; that the only place for a woman in society is in the home; that there will be an actual literal Rapture where all the true believers will be taken away before the second coming of Christ…you get the idea. Disagreement with any of these, either in whole or in part, to any extent whatsoever, is a rejection of the Bible as authoritatively true, and therefore a rejection of the Christian faith. Continue reading “Michael Spencer: The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism”