Theological Obscurantism



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Reflection on Obscurantism

Your interesting article, sir, brings to mind something I read in Gary North’s history concerning the long decline of the Presbyterian Church entitled “Crossed Fingers.” In the debate over the “great political-Constitutional battle,” within the denomination he finds three main ecclesiastical viewpoints: left, right and center. Then states,

“Undergirding the left end of the spectrum was the power religion, represented by theological liberalism (modernism). The liberals in early stages demand theological toleration: the annulment of strict subscription. This camouflaged their commitment to power, which became clear only in the mid-1930’s. Modernism justified its rejection of the judicially binding character of creeds and confessions on the basis of three arguments: an appeal to secular evolutionary science and reason (Darwinism), an appeal to historical change (historicism), and an appeal to individual experience (experientialism), by which the modernists meant Christian man’s autonomous judgment in defiance of explicit biblical revelation and the historic creeds.”

Rev. Dr. Lee D. Cary (ret.) Hartmann Fellow, Doctorate of Sacred Theology, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary '79

Lee Cary more than 2 years ago