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Trueman on Mega-Churchmanship
May 14, 2015, 3:26 pm
Filed under: Biography

Carl Trueman recently attended a conference at Yale Divinity School. Yes, he could have been fishing, but he is one of them skollers, and so then conferences at places like Yale comprise part of his job. Dirty job, someone has to &c.

He makes some fascinating observations of what sound like fascinating presentations about the unreflective assumptions that drive mega-churchmanship.

Most intriguing, however, was John Hare’s paper. He started by offering a dramatic thesis: when we no longer know how to justify the higher demands of our faith, we will subside into the lowest common denominators of our culture.’ Hare saw this in the rise of three basic secular values in the church: success, happiness, and prestige. These are highly problematic as they lead to emphasis on size, emotionalism/entertainment, and the implicit competition of growth by redistribution (aka sheep stealing).

I hope some of this material makes its way into print, for it would be the first of its kind. David Wells will live to see his threnodic prophecies confirmed by historians.

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