Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Reaching the rest

The primary reasons that even vigorous efforts failed to reach the peasantry and urban lower classes was the failure by both Protestant and Catholic clerics to propose a Christian lifestyle that was appropriate and attractive to ordinary people, and their failure to present Christian doctrines in simple, direct language rather than as complex theology. The Triumph of Christianity, pages 263-264

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The problem we have now is that nobody even tries to preach/teach basic Christian doctrines! The logic seems to be that because it is difficult to make doctrine understandable, we just won't teach it! After all, what counts is making people feel good, right? NOT! No doctrine equals bad doctrine; unexamined theology equals bad pop theology—cultural christianity at its worst...
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