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The Real Scandal of the Evangelical Mind Paperback – November 30, 2012
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Toward the beginning of the book, he presents an interesting exchange among groups at a conference of seminary professors. Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox were divided into one section, whereas Evangelicals were in another. Yet, among the Evangelicals, there were differences of opinion over significant issues, issues over which some were probably in closer agreement with Rome or even the East than they were amongst themselves. Issues such as the inerrancy and authority of Scripture, justification and sanctification, the doctrine of the church--these are all issues regarding which there is not a solid consensus among those who would label themselves as Evangelicals.
Toward the end of the work, Trueman asks the truly provocative question, "How can there be agreement on what it means to be an Evangelical, when there is little consensus on the evangel?" And there's the rub.
Those among Evangelicalism are quite often opposed to the labels so often used in theological circles. Yet, "Evangelical" itself, as a label under which so many Christians try to labor, seems to have perhaps outlived its usefulness.