Responding to what he describes as Kevin Bauder’s “cannon ball in the fundamentalist pool,” David Doran offers his assessment of the current state of affairs. Doran, the pastor of Inter-City Baptist Church and president of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary (both in Allen Park, MI), affirms, “I agree with most of what he wrote. I would imagine that most of what we agree on is recognizable to those who are familiar with this blog.”
Rather than delineate areas of agreement, for brevity’s sake Doran hones in on one disagreement: “I believe that this discussion is too complicated to make that assertion [i.e., that conservative evangelicals are not new evangelicals] at this point.” Doran offers two reasons for his assessment:
- It is not very clear what constitutes conservative evangelicalism.
- It is not really clear how we are defining new evangelicalism.
Doran concludes this way:
Dr. Bauder is certainly correct in reminding us that these men are not our enemies. We may not agree with one another on important issues, but these disagreements are between brothers. Some disagreements, though, can adversely affect fellowship even among brothers.
As with Bauder’s article, Doran writes with gravitas, grace, and accuracy. I highly commend the whole thing to you (here).