Time for a Commercialism Break

Monday, 01 Sep 1997

In our increasingly homogeneous consumer society, a Reformed believer is more likely to be shaped by the icons of mainstream Evangelicalism than by the confessions, liturgy, theology, and piety of the Reformed tradition. The tie that binds is actually capitalism and popular culture, although it masquerades as a new unity in the Spirit.
In 1990 a gathering of evangelical theologians assembled chiefly for the purpose of defining "evangelical" concluded that such definition was practically impossible to accomplish in the movement's current condition. In 1992 Christianity Today ran a cover story with the headline, "evangelical Megashift," announcing the growing popularity of relational and therapeutic categories over the traditional theological themes of judgment and justification. Representatives of both orthodox and "new model" Evangelicalism engaged in a lively debate, and ever since, Christianity Today, InterVarsity Press, and other important evangelical voices have vigorously encouraged debate with ...

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