Modernism and Religious Conservatives

Rod Dreher often has some interesting things to say. Here he highlights problems with some of modern evangelical (and fundamentalist) thinking – while observing that there are still some contributions to be made. Here’s the key argument:

Christians who refuse, even denigrate, the Church’s deep theological roots in history, strike me as holding a conservatism that is a hard outer shell. What happens when the experience of living in modernity, with its valorization of radical autonomy, erodes or pierces the armor? With their creedless, non-denominational, make-it-up-as-you-go-along approach to Christianity, they are sitting ducks. They deny themselves the wisdom and profundity of tradition, which would give them deep roots. Ironically, their approach to ecclesiology is itself part of modernity, the very thing they oppose so fiercely. Christian fundamentalism, especially in its nondenominational variety, is parasitic on older, more ancient forms of Christianity, in ways that its adherents don’t appreciate.

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One Response to “Modernism and Religious Conservatives”

  1. Paul Peterson Says:

    Worth pondering, for sure…

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