Reclaiming the Forgotten Faith
by Michael J. Svigel
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Evangelicalism is in trouble. Surveying the modern evangelical landscape, professor Michael Svigel asks, ĎWhy does evangelism appear to be spinning out of control, losing appeal to younger generations, dwindling in numbers, or selling out to pop culture to muster a crowd?í He answers this question by looking to the past - to a retro Christianity.
Calling for a return to evangelismís historical and theological roots, Svigel begins by addressing some of present-day evangelicalismís problems and explores what can be done to help churches regain a healthy perspective on doctrine. He then gives practical examples of what establishing a biblical, historical, and theologically sound foundation will mean for Christians as they think through aspects of church life and worship.
As the numbers of those confused or disenchanted with evangelism continue to grow, Svigelís book meets a timely need and will benefit many readers with his balanced argument for preserving the evangelical faith.
RetroChristianity by Michael J. Svigel was published by Crossway Books USA in April 2012. The ISBN for RetroChristianity is 9781433528484.
|New Dialogue with the Christianity of the Past
Posted: Wednesday, March 27th
RetroChristianity doesn’t naively defend evangelicalism as if everything were just fine. in the author's view the history and current landscape of modern evangelicalism is in pretty bad shape and likely to get worse. However, he doesn't propose any retreat into traditionalism as a necessary or even beneficial response.
Instead he fully acknowledges the frustrating and upsetting elements of evangelicalism - though is at pains to insist that we can’t afford to simply whine about the flaws of the movement. There is a need to provide direction and to address the problems, grounding the response firmly on biblical, theological, and historical foundations.
The author also acknowledges the egocentric nature of many evangelicals’ approaches to church and spirituality. To counter the preference-driven mentality of so many churches, he urges a return to true spirituality with a more biblical, historical, and theological framework through which informed decisions regarding doctrine, practice, and worship can be effectively made. This will help, he says, wisely balance the vital elements of church, worship, ministry, and spirituality, avoiding excesses, extremes, distractions, and distortions.
In short, he believes that careful biblical, theological, and historical reflection should make us better evangelicals, not former evangelicals.
|Page last updated||20th May 2013|
|Author / Artist||Michael J. Svigel|
|Book Format||Paperback / softback|
|Publisher||Crossway Books USA (April 2012)|
|Number of Pages||320|