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Low-church Evangelicalism: Protestant?

Scot McKnight is wondering whether low-church evangelicalism—having dispensed with the historic creeds and worship forms embraced by the likes of Luther and Calvin—deserves to be called “Protestant”:

Low church evangelicalism is too often theologically shallow, frequently chaotic in its order of worship, nearly always lopsided in which parts of the Bible it preaches and teaches and knows, and inexcusably ignorant when it comes to the history of God’s people called the Church. These are marks that it has wandered from the gift of the Reformation. These are marks of groups that are not Protestant.

I wonder, too. Actually, I don’t much any more.



  1. John Hobbins says:


    Thanks for bring this to my attention. BTW, how is a recovery of these very things working out in the Baptist branch of the Christian family? I hearing very mixed signals.


  2. “Mixed” is a very apt description, John. Some churches *try* to be liturgical (really just reclaiming an earlier, more “ordered” form of Baptist worship for the most part), with varying results, follow the church calendar, etc., but don’t want anything to do with the creeds. Others embrace the creeds as faithful summaries of scriptural teaching (though I’ve never heard them recited in ANY Baptist church) but don’t want anything to do with liturgy. Many Baptists across the theological spectrum seem to be waking up to the importance of church history–but only going back to the Reformation. Forget about much interest in the patristic or medieval eras. Dan Williams at Baylor is a welcome exception on this point. My own adult Sunday school class is looking at doing a session or two on Orthodox spirituality, but I’m sure that will raise eyebrows in other corners of my church. 🙂


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