Getting Rid of Conversion?: A Response to D. G. Hart

Friday, 30 Oct 2009

Does our good Presbyterian not need to be born again as badly as his evangelical counterpart who has had a conversion experience needs the church and the means of grace?
D. G. Hart's essay "The Evangelical Narrative: Getting Rid of the Church" (Modern Reformation, November/December 2008) is an insightful study of the nature of evangelicalism and its relationship to Reformation Christianity, and an incisive critique of what Hart sees as evangelicalism's resulting weakness in ecclesiology and approach to ministry. I find Hart's history plausible, his analysis impeccable, and his criticisms of the evangelical movement in America both biblical and pertinent. Nevertheless, I cannot shake off a certain unease about his presentation, a haunting fear that in its very excellence, it may tempt ...

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