By Tony Jones
So I've been looking around the blogosphere at some of the criticism that is coming our way. Many people have noted that at least one critical book will be out any day. In the wake of Stan Grenz's untimely death, there's been some tasteless criticism, too, and his death has renewed interest in the ____ing the Center books that were written by and against him.
But as I've read the criticism, listened to the radio programs, and anticipated the forthcoming books, something has occurred to me: the criticism is not coming from evangelicals. It's not coming from evangelical charismatics or evangelical Wesleyans or evangelical anabaptists or evangelical mainliners or evangelical Catholics. The criticism is coming from evangelical Calvinists.
In fact, let me be even more specific. In the Reformed tradition, there are lots of evangelical Barthians, and the criticism is not coming from them. The criticism is coming from pre-Barthian evangelical Calvinists.
I wonder why this is. I mean, I have my ideas, and they have to do with things like foundational epistemologies and the negation of tradition and experience (all of which, by the way, is a great betrayal of the heart of Calvinism). But maybe you have ideas about this. Let me know. Or let me know if you think the criticism is more broadly based than what I'm seeing.