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Crisis in Conservative Protestantism

Carl Trueman offers what he believes are three potential crises in American conservative evangelicalism:

  1. Far too much power is exerted by wealthy and influential parachurch organizations.
  2. There is an unbearable, kitschy lightness to much that passes for conservative Protestant life and thought.
  3. Conservative Protestantism lacks a strong tradition of social thought which might help it counter the kitsch and engage with the many challenges that are being cast its way by contemporary society (and by this Trueman does not mean the sort of Neo-Calvinistic “transformationalism” that is so popular today, but rather the 2K social though of men like VanDrunen).

We would do well to heed these warnings.

Source: Is There a Crisis in Conservative Protestantism? | Carl R. Trueman | First Things

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

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