Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Reformed Theology on the Rise?


You better believe it! Thanks to the heads up from Justin Taylor, next week we can expect to read a cover story from Christianity Today on the so-called recent rise of Calvinism entitled, "Young, Restless, and Reformed: Calvinism is Making a Comeback and Shaking up the Church." I, like many, will be waiting with bated breath and sweaty palms to read this piece. The comeback that is Reformed theology is nothing more than the filling of the void that was created by a non-descript, androgynous, politically-motivated, theologically-neutral, minimalist evangelicalism that became so popular in the 80's and early 90's. However, that type of Christianity has not produced any of the great political or ecumenical advances it trumpeted. Today young men and women are thriving for more substantive and experiential Christianity. No expression of Christianity combines substance with experience as coherently and cohesively as does Reformed Christianity.
Personally, I am not a fan of Christianity Today. It tends to be less about biblical Christianity and too much about the relativity of Today. But apparently the truth and impact of Reformed Theology today could no longer be ignored. If the article is good, I plan to buy more than one. It may prove to be, as Justin Taylor says, "their bestselling issue of the year."

3 comments:

Margaret in VA said...

I wonder how much of the "comeback" is due to covenant fruitfulness... I see more large families in Reformed churches than other types...
Enjoy your blog.

ajcarter said...

Indeed, Margaret, fruitfulness is a major factor in God's redemptive plan and if we are to see any movement of God among us we must be preparing to see it among our children. I believe that we have yet to see the greatness of this resurgence. I believe it will be most gloriously manifested in the next generation. I look forward to seeing my children embrace God's sovereign grace in all things. What a wonderful gift that will be.

The Hedonese said...

Dun forget those first generation Young, Restless and Reformed Asians!