The fallout from the recent publication of Rob Bells latest book, Love Wins (by which he means God wins, just in case you missed that), was to explode a number of different debates on the scene analysing “whither” Evangelicalism (or evangelicalism’s, if you like).
I am almost done with Love Wins and have some things to say about it which I will sometime in the future, no doubt in relation to De Youngs review of the book and perhaps with some mention of a book I am also reading entitled Disenchanted Evangelicals. All of this is “in the mix” of my mind at the moment.
In the meantime I thought I would post two links which I think are worth reading, if only for a study in a) keeping perspective and b) how to listen to what the braoder audience is hearing.
The first is a blog post by Rachel Held Evans (I know nothing about her but that she blogs). It’s on the future of evangelicalism from the perspective of a 20 something. Its worth reading because I think she summarises quite well what the perspective of a 20 something in the US might be, to the debate about Love Wins and the emerging/emergent church and Reformed perspective if one would only know about the history of Evangelicalism as seen via blogs in the 21st century (the last 11 or so years). So, I think what she said is what the audience of a large part of the blogosphere might initially think when reading TGCs reaction to Rob Bell. Read The Future of Evangelicalism: A Twenty-Something’s Perspective.
Then I would recommend reading this thoughtful response which gives a bit more perspective than as seen from behind the computer screen over the last 11 years (I am caricaturing here for effect). The blog post is entitled A Cordial Response to Rachel Held Evans’ Post and is authored by another 20 something orthodox Anglican in the US.
Notes to non American readers, the term Evangelical is traditionally a bit broader in the US than the UK (a further confusing point when UK readers read US blogs… and is perhaps also a part of the debate here in the UK)