Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.” I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”
As the heir of the Reformers, the Puritans, and the Revivalists of the First Great Awakening, Evangelicalism was the steward of a theological legacy that I still espouse with all my heart. It is therefore heartbreaking to watch the current iteration of the movement tearing itself apart and selling its birthright and its very soul for various messes of theological, cultural, and political pottage. I try to capture a bit of the pathology here. See if there is anything you recognize.
American Evangelicalism in the New Millennium
A sanctimonious sobriety
That masquerades as godly discipline;
A pathological anxiety
That claims to be a zeal to flee from sin;
A stupid, stubborn contrariety
Presenting itself as love of truth and right;
Ears that itch for notoriety,
Eyes not strong enough to bear the light:
We suffer from the sad satiety
Of pietas degraded into “piety.”
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Donald T. Williams, PhD