“The Absolutely Worst Way to Respond to the Challenge of Secularism”

The absolutely worst way to respond to the challenge of secularism is to adapt to secular standards in language, thought, and way of life.  If members of a secularist society turn to religion at all, they do so because they are looking for something other than what that culture already provides. It is counter productive to offer them religion in a secular mode that is carefully trimmed in order not to offend their secular sensibilities.

Christians should not shy away from the fact that our lives are centered on the divine things.  We offer a different way of making sense of reality and a different way of living, which go against the grain of what modern society offers as the norm.  We also should not shy away from referring to the wrath of God against human sin even though most moderns ignore, disbelieve, or sweeten the pill with deceptions about God’s complaisance over sin.

– Wolfhart Pannenberg, quoted by Daniel Akin in his article “The Emerging Church and Ethical Choices: The Corinthian Matrix” in Evangelicals Engaging Emergent, p. 270 (italics mine).

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4 Responses

  1. good quote…but i did not like the chapter…thought it was a bad argument

  2. amen

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