Here’s the Door

“Because the possibility of any kind of creedal discipline is negligible in our day, those who have abandoned the Gospel are now openly seeking to make their distinctive into negotiable items and want to be held by all as being ‘within the pale.’ Thus, we do not have to agree with them, but we do have to agree to disagree, and to do so as fellow . . . evangelicals. They do not resist disagreement; in fact, they welcome it. But the disagreement must come in the form of continuing dialogue, and not in the form of showing them the door.”

The Cultural Mind, p. 117

All Connected

“Christians are people of the Word, and as a result they are people of words. We love the Truth, and this is why we must necessarily love truths. The flip side of this is that when a love for the Lord Jesus declines, one of the first places it manifests itself is in an obvious contempt for words. Words become little lumps of neutral clay on which a dishonest heart can exercise its creativity. But the real source of this rebellion in the little things, and the final direction of it, is hostility to the ultimate Word”

The Cultural Mind, p. 115

The Eve of Battle

“Hermeneutics, the art and science of interpretation, sounds like a horribly dusty affair. And, of course, some have handled the subject along those lines. That is not how it should be; when the question of how a text is to be interpreted arises, we should feel a leaden weight in the gut and adrenaline in the veins, as men feel before a battle.”

The Cultural Mind, p. 111

Hidden Debts

“So this is how a layman in the church might come to object to the study of ‘all this humanistic philosophy,’ and yet have his own general worldview shaped by the objectionable philosophy in question. Because he does not know his own presuppositions, he does not know if he shares them with anyone else, including Messrs. Plotinus and Locke. Avoiding philosophy does not work. American fundamentalism is notorious for adopting in substance various philosophies that have somehow been purified through an ignorance of the adoption.”

The Cultural Mind, p. 105