Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Only Real Hope for our Postmodern World

David Wells, author of several books, including The Courage to be Protestant: Truth-lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World, views the historic Christian faith as the only real hope for our postmodern world.

In this book I am nevertheless going to think of myself as a biblical Christian first and foremost, as in continuity with Christians across the ages who have believed the same truth and followed the same Lord. The period in which these truths were brought into the most invigorating, health-giving focus was the Reformation. I therefore think of myself as a Reformational in the sense that I affirm its solas: in Scripture alone is God's authoritative truth found, in Christ alone is salvation found, it is by grace alone that we are saved, and this salvation is received through faith alone. Only after each of htese affirmations is made can we say that salvation from start to finish is to the glory of God alone. These affirmations do not stand simply as solitary, disconnected sentinels, but they are the key points in an integrated, whole understanding of biblical truth. This is what gives us a place to stand in the world from which to understand who we are, what the purposes of God are, and what future lies before us. These are the things that historic Protestants believe, and that is what I am.


If this sparks any interest, check out Robert Sager's summary of this first chapter of this book. I will be writing a summary of chapter 4 in a few weeks.

~ Todd ~

1 comment:

Thad Noyes said...

Hey Brother -

Looking forward to the upcoming review. Man, with the lineup that's blogging this book I won't even have to read it! ;)

May the Lord bless you and keep you, friend.

Thad