Group Questions Why do you think the modern, popular evangelical church is so weak in its understanding of biblical worldview & apologetics (defending the faith)? Why did evangelicalism largely accept the sacred/secular split, locking Christianity into a category of merely private experience? (Why have evangelicals accepted a largely privatized faith)? What do you think caused this to happen in evangelicalism? Historically, WHEN did this shift begin & WHY?
Important Factors FOCUS ON AN INTENSE CONVERSION EXPERIENCE USE OF VERNACULAR LANGUAGE & SIMPLE FOLK SONGS ADDRESSING INDIVIDUALS APART FROM FAMILY OR CHURCH NEW MODEL OF LEADERSHIP
Alexis de Tocqueville They were “adventurers impatient of any sort of yoke, greedy for wealth, and often outcasts from the States in which they were born. They arrive in the depths of the wilderness without knowing one another. There is nothing of tradition, family feeling, or example to restrain them
Finke & Stark you should picture “towns filled with male drifters, gamblers, confidence tricksters, whores and saloon keepers, and without churches, schools, or respectable women
Substitutionary Atonement Till on that cross as Jesus died/The wrath of God was satisfied.“ (From “In Christ Alone”)
Romans 3:19-20 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.