Wednesday Lecture: David Fitch on “The Future of Evangelicalism”
Dr. David Fitch, the B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL, and the founding pastor of Life on the Vine Christian Community, presented Ambrose University College’s 2011 Murray W. Downey Lectures. He is, most recently, the author of The End of Evangelicalism, which he calls a social psychoanalysis in the style of Slavoj Zizek of the American Evangelical church. Very intriguing stuff.
In the first lecture, Dr. Fitch proposed that at least three of the historical pillars of evangelical theology and practice had, over time, become devoid of their original meaning and, therefore, of their current usefulness.
In the second lecture, Dr. Fitch proposed new ways to talk about these pillars (the inerrant Bible, the decision for Christ, and the Christian nation) and highlighted the significant strengths and very real weaknesses of the trajectories of some of the Emergent/Missional leaders (Rollins, McLaren, and Hirsch) in relationship to them.