Quote of the Week 10/29/2014

This week’s quotation comes from Carl Trueman, in his book The Creedal Imperative, p. 35. The topic is mysticism, and that there is an evangelical version of it.

Anyone who has ever been told by a friend that the Lord led such a friend to do something completely silly, or anyone who has ever been at a Bible study where the burden has been to explain “what the text means to me,” regardless of what the words on the page and the grammar and syntax might otherwise indicate, has experienced an evangelical mysticism that is not really distinguishable from traditional liberalism at the level of its understanding of what constitutes truth.


  1. Truth2Freedom said,

    October 29, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Reblogged this on Truth2Freedom's Blog.

  2. October 29, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Well said.

  3. roberty bob said,

    October 29, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    here’s why it happens in bible studies . . .

    down with teachers / up with facilitators

  4. theoldadam said,

    October 29, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    The Theology of Glory still abounds.

  5. Howie Donahoe said,

    October 31, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I think the quote works equally well if the words “completely silly” are deleted…

  6. roberty bob said,

    October 31, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    We believers do believe that the Lord leads us to do some things. Sometimes we believers do completely silly things whether we feel led of the Lord to do them, or not.

  7. Michael Colvard said,

    November 5, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Great quote! Especially poignant is the last sentence, which I think works both ways: liberals who have not become totally secular in their outlook hide behind a mystical veil. The somewhat recent PCUSA ‘marriage authoritative interpretation’ uses this to effect. To them, it is not a question of defining marriage as much as it is letting any minister officiate whatever wedding ‘the spirit moves them to officiate’.

  8. Jack Miller said,

    November 8, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Another quote:

    The depreciation of the intellect, with the exaltation in the place of it of the feelings or of the will, is, we think, a basic fact in modern life, which is rapidly leading to a condition in which men neither know anything nor care anything about the doctrinal content of the Christian religion, and in which there is in general a lamentable intellectual decline. (Machen, What is Faith?, p.28)

    But if theology be thus abandoned, or if rather (to ease the transition) it be made merely the symbolic expression of religious experience, what is to be put into its place?… Mysticism unquestionably is the natural result of the anti-intellectual tendency which now prevails; for mysticism is the consistent exaltation of experience at the expense of thought. (p.35)

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