“Proving once again that "evangelical theology" is increasingly an oxymoron, the ‘Dumb as a Box of Rocks’ School of Evangelism has just come up with a great new witnessing tool.”
(some of what follows paraphrases or quotes my comments on that page)
The ‘witnessing tool’ to which “Slice of Laodicea” refers is a t-shirt (go here for the article). Now, I’m no fan of “Christian t-shirts”. For one thing, t-shirts cannot be Christians, duh. Further, they are a cop-out and most have sub-standard theology (I’m being nice). Here’s my question, how exactly does one leap from an admittedly awful t-shirt to a slam against the totality of evangelical theology? That is quite a leap. Also, why focus only on the negative, while ignoring Craig Detweiler’s very biblical response --they will know who we are, and whose we are by our love? (A trait strangely missing in the phrase “Dumb as a Box of Rocks”)
Her response was to recommend David Wells' Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? (which I may just put on the summer reading list) and then proceed to make additional slams against an entire generation of evangelicals, whom she describes as proud, foolish, and vulgar. Now, maybe it’s because I inhabit the strange world of Biola-Talbot, but my view of evangelicalism is very different. I am not denying the presence of misbelief and disbelief; I am merely saying that there are many in the ranks of evangelicalism that hold to, fight for, and live out a biblically-based Christian theology. Maybe we're a minority, I frankly do not know, for my life has been filled with theological studies for about seven years now. I do know that we are present and we are not silent.
Now, we all need critics, for they keep us thinking, help us refine our thoughts, and sound alarms when we get too near an edge. So, I do thank them for their efforts. On the other hand, criticism must be based on the actual position of the one critiqued, and frankly, the few ec detractors I’ve read have a real problem doing that. Such argumentation is not right and is not fair.