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Machen, Hart, 2K, and Cultural transformation

I continue to find this discussion by Hart and others about Two Kingdom Theology vs. Transformationalism intriguing and helpful.

Part of the intramural debate among Presbyterians is whether or not Machen was one or the other. Hart cites these statements from Machen’s testimony before Congress concerning public education as proof that he was not transformationalist.

However, these additional comments by Hart are exactly why I cannot consider myself Two Kingdom (and here is another discussion of the comparison, by the way), for (at least Hart’s version of) Two Kingdom theology argues that there is no real Christian “worldview” that influences public life, and that therefore there is really no “Christian” way to do things like education.

Becky’s recent post argues against this view, and I have argued elsewhere for a middle position between 2K and transformationalism. In short, I argue that biblical values must affect every realm of the Christian’s life, inside the church and out, but there is no mandate to–and, indeed, the church music not–somehow “transform” culture.

Ah, the joys of being a dispensational presuppositionalist!

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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