Thursday, May 08, 2008

Evangelical is Here!

It's here, it's here! It's a 20 pages document. So, again, I can only carefully read it during the weekend. Justin Taylor has provided a summary of it. He listed 7 emphasis of Evangelical belief. And the one that strikes me most is this:

"The Bible as God’s Word written, fully trustworthy as our final guide to faith and practice."

Ohh... you mean, "final guide only to our faith and practice"? How about 'history and science'? Hence, I wonder what has happened to Article 7 of the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, which is deem as the Evangelical's measuring tape for orthodoxy, and which some Evangelicals used to remove other membership from the society:

The Bible as God’s Word written, fully trustworthy as our final guide to faith and practice.

We deny that Biblical infallibility and inerrancy are limited to spiritual, religious, or redemptive themes, exclusive of assertions in the fields of history and science. We further deny that scientific hypotheses about earth history may properly be used to overturn the teaching of Scripture on creation and the flood.

If there is an 'only' in the manifesto, then does that mean more Evangelicals are waking up to face the world which already in existence when prophet Robert Gundry published his commentary on Matthew? Yes. Good.

Good morning.

If there is no implicated 'only' in it, then that implies that the Bible is also a final guide to other subjects, like history and science, besides our faith and practices. If that is the case, then that's too bad. The cock has not crow for the third time yet.


mike rucker said...

i confess that i had some hesitations and misgivings before reading the document, but was actually quite impressed and invigorated after taking in the whole of what it addressed.

i am glad they chose not to say that creationism and inerrancy were non-negotiables. for the first, there's very little biblical justification anymore behind whatever latest flavor of anti-natural selection is being put forward; for the latter, somehow we can admit that we can't prove the existence of God, but goshdarnit we have a golden egg this unprovable God laid right here. kind of stupid when you think about it ... not that thinking is a pre-requisite of course in any of these endeavors.

more than anything, i was motivated and energized by the very positive nature of the piece - that it wasn't yet another "here's everything we're against" rant but an effort to make the gospel again a message of good news. imagine that - the gospel being good news. American Christianity has lost this defining characteristic ever since it embraced the neo-con's Jesus bobble-head doll.

perhaps one unintended benefit of the proposal is a clear opportunity to take this EM (Evangelical Manifesto) and align it with the other EM (Emergent Manifesto) and finally have all our EM & EMs in a row without demonizing the other side.

we can only hope...

mike rucker
fairburn, georgia, usa

Sze Zeng said...

Hi Mike,

I agree with what you said. This manifesto seems to be positive. In fact it is like a little step forward for the larger Evangelical community despite the conflicts between the lefts and the rights.

Hope that manifesto will serve as a platform for the American public for reflection and further dialog and extended actions to love God and people.

The Emergent is not prevalent here in Singapore. Though the literatures are in the market but there aren't much talk about it here. Unlike Malaysia which had Mr. Emergent B. McLaren over for conversations.