Monday, October 27, 2008

Dr. Alistair Chapman, living on the fault lines

During dinner tonight, Martha asked if I wanted to go up to Westmont College to listen to a lecture on Dr. John Stott by one of the history professors. World Series and Monday Night Football were both begging for my attention, but it seemed intriguing to go to a lecture with Martha.
Dr. Alistair (sp?) Chapman gave a lecture on the impact of Dr. John Stott on the ongoing dialogue between educated intellectuals and evangelicals, drawing interesting parallels to the culture wars within the church and between the evangelical church and dominant culture. Dr. Stott's teaching and life are a model for what he called "living on the fault lines" between one's faith and one's culture. In comments from other faculty and audience, the criticism was raised about the tendency toward "binary simplification" between sides of an argument, reducing it down to two opponents, eschewing nuance and uncertainty. Who is the champion of sustained reflection in a culture and time driven by sound-bites (and blog sites?)?
Dr. Helen Rhee (sp?) championed the models of church fathers like Ambrose and Augustine who balanced their intellectual vigor with deeply committed churchmanship on the local level. Should a seminary or Christian college professor be allowed to teach a class if they are not an active member of a local church and significantly involved in the ministry of that church?


At 10:14 PM , Blogger Isaac Johnson said...

YES. The alternative are to only hire conformists who would sign those value/doctorine whatever docs. Remember, there are only two options on this ; radical conformists and anarchists


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