Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Tottering Authority

Both international and ecclesiastical events brought this quote to mind, published in the WSJ a couple years ago:
From Ryszard Kapuscinski's "Shah of Shahs" (1982):

All books about all revolutions begin with a chapter that describes the decay of tottering authority or the misery and sufferings of the people. They should begin with a psychological chapter, one that shows how a harassed, terrified man suddenly breaks his terror, stops being afraid. This unusual process, sometimes accomplished in an instant like a shock or a lustration, demands illuminating. Man gets rid of fear and feels free. Without that there would be no revolution.
And regarding a topic completely unrelated to "tottering authority," Christianity Today reports that someone thinks John Piper is flippant. I think that's ironic. Read that comment thread, then read this salient observation from Phil Johnson:
Bell's latest heresy neither surprises nor interests me. What does intrigue me is the tragic drift of popular, mainstream evangelicalism. Here we see clearly why the evangelical movement is in grave trouble: The passions of today's self-styled evangelicals are easily aroused in defense of someone who makes a career dabbling around the edges of truth. Rob Bell likes to play with damnable heresies as if they were Lego bricks, and yet anyone who points out the glaring errors in Bell's teaching will be met with a wall of angry resistance from young, self-styled Christians who grew up in the evangelical mainstream.

1 comment:

Joshua Caucutt said...

I have experienced what Johnson is talking about first-hand. It is really amazing how many friends and acquaintances of mine who call themselves believers have gone from rejecting most of fundamentalism (myself included) right over to supporting Rob Bell and his ilk.