“The church seems caught in an irresolvable tension today. Insofar as we are able to maintain any presence in modern society we do so by being communities of care. Any attempt to be a disciplined and disciplining community seems antithetical to being a community of care. As a result the care the church gives, while often quite impressive and compassionate, lacks the rationale to build the church as a community capable of standing against the powers we confront”.
“The deep question which the appearance of a variety of confessing movements poses for mainline Protestantism, then, is this. Can the destructive virus as represented by the explicit adoption of epistemological theory at the very core of the church’s life be eliminated? Or is modern Protestantism doomed to an existence where serial marriage to the epistemologies of its cultural elites is ineradicable?”