This will help you understand what is happening on the religious and social scene in America.
I originally wrote this letter to one of my « Bartian » (aka followers of Karl Barth) professor in my seminary. I am still hoping that he gets back to me eventually: […]
The task of an apologist is to preach the gospel in a way that makes sense to a particular culture. ....They must work to understand the culture well enough to build a bridge from there to the gospel: it is here, however, that the problem occurs. Some become so consumed with the intricacies of building the bridge on the side of culture that they never make the leap, and start building towards Christ. The result is a church founded on culture, which holds itself up in opposition to Christ. This act is the great act of treason which apologists have made time and again in history!
I am working my way through a very interesting iTunes U course: "History of Philosophy and Christian Thought," by Dr. John M. Frame. ....Frame provides a helpful system which makes it easy to summarize the first 1600 years of Church history into two repeating cycles: 1) synchronization, 2) heresy, 3) reformation, 4) a new synthesis.I think that these patters are also repeating themselves in smaller ways in recent history and in our own day...