Friday, October 26, 2007

Here's a Surprising Little Tidbit from Today's Christianity Today E-mail

Collin Hansen examines the increasing dissatisfaction among younger fundamentalists and asks this question:
Fundamentalists have a strategy problem: Do they clamp down on these youngsters, risking a deeper generation gap? Or do they reconsider strict separation and cultural isolation? By choosing the latter, they may save their youth and lose their cause.
The article is too short to provide much insight, but then he really does ask the right question about strategy, doesn't he? Are fundamentalists principled or pragmatic? Will they move the ancient landmarks or lose their youth? Or will they find more effective ways to transfer their values? Or perhaps conclude that the evangelical landscape is radically different from what it was in the 1950s, and it's time for a different approach?

1 comment:

Joel said...

Ben,

I'm not sure that it is the right question, in that I'm not so sure that it is an either/or kind of thing. One other thing is that in the fundamentalism that I have experienced (for the most part, there is a pretty strict separation but not a cultural isolation. I think his assumtion that the two necessarily go hand in hand is flawed.