Evangelical Controversy: A Deeply Fragmented Movement | Interpreter

Evangelical Controversy: A Deeply Fragmented Movement | Interpreter

Louise C. Midgely provides a review of Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism via Evangelical Controversy: A Deeply Fragmented Movement | Interpreter.

Review of Kevin T. Bauder, R. Albert Mohler Jr., John G. Stackhouse Jr., Roger E. Olson. Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism. Edited by Stanley N. Gundry, Andrew David Naselli, and Collin Hansen. Introduction by Collin Hansen. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011. 222 pp., with scripture index and general index. $16.99 (paperback).

Abstract: Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism should be helpful to Latter-day Saints (and others) seeking to understand some of the theological controversies lurking behind contemporary fundamentalist/evangelical religiosity. Four theologians spread along a spectrum speak for different competing factions of conservative Protestants: Kevin Bauder  for what turns out to be his own somewhat moderate version of Protestant fundamentalism; Al Mohler  for conservative/confessional  evangelicalism; John Stackhouse  for generic evangelicalism; and Roger Olson for postconservative evangelicalism. Each author introduces his own position and then is critiqued in turn by the others, after which there is a rejoinder. In addition, as I point out in detail, each of these authors has something negative to say about the faith of Latter-day Saints.

From the review, it sounds intriguing to read about the four different viewpoints of modern day evangelicalism and the particular position each contributor accepts, the criticism each contributor has for the other three viewpoints, and how it impacts the understanding of evangelical Christianity today.

Many evangelical, Protestant, Catholic and Anglican Christians today view the idea that all have core essential beliefs within the context of “Historic” or “Orthodox” Christianity (as opposed to the thought’s and perceptions that previously were held about a hundred years prior). They accept the nuance differences as nonessential teachings that have no bearing on the core essential ideas of true Christian teaching and doctrine. However, they are unwilling to provide the same brotherhood concession to Latter-day Saints because of their biased and prejudicial viewpoints that has continued to this day from antagonistic opposition against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Furthermore, this is a book that would benefit the understanding of how we can relate to our critics by having a foundation to where particular viewpoints and perceptions stem from.


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