In Part One, working from pieces written by Michael Gerson and David French, I discussed that if one really wants to understand the current political weakness that Evangelicalism suffers from one must look farther than simply affiliation with Donald Trump. In that post I looked at structural/organizational weaknesses that are a big part of the problem. Historically they were less significant than they currently are; however, as history has proceeded they have become more and more pronounce and are now quite significant.
In this Part Two I want to consider a spiritual/theological weakness that infects and greatly weakens Evangelicalism. I mentioned the specific weakness I want to address briefly in a post I did a few weeks ago:
Note that while the four distinctives [that “define” Evangelicalism] include “conversion” they do not emphasize from what one is converted. And thus people, many of them claiming to be Evangelicals, have little or no sense of what it means to be a sinner, or even just wrong.
That point has been driven home to me by an extended discussion in a book I am reading, because of an interview the host did with the author. When he read the book, the host said it “captured him.” I am referring to the book, “Heroism and Genius: How Catholic Priests Helped Build—and Can Help Rebuild—Western Civilization” by William J. Slattery.