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May 14, 2007

More theology with T. M.

Point blogger T. M. Moore has a new article up at the BreakPoint site with an intriguing premise: Christians today are "the most Christian-educated generation of believers in all of Church history" -- but that education isn't working. How do we know it isn't working, why isn't it working, and how can we change that? Find out in "The Fruit of the Word."

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This is surely one of the least-Christian-educated generations within the Church in the last 2,000 years! I am hardly alone in that observation!

The most-educated generations were probably the 16th and 17th centuries with high literacy (much higher than today) and the Bible finally being inexpensive enough (thanks to Guttenberg) to be present in every home.

Apathy had not yet replaced zeal for Christ. God's word was still studied heavily, every day, and children were still adequately catechised.

This is no longer the case.

How many evangelicals know why Jesus died upon the Cross? How many believe in the Holy Trinity, or have the slightest clue as to why that is important? How many still believe in Biblical creation and no death or suffering before the Fall, and understand why that is essential to the Cross having any meaning for us? How many have the slightest understanding of the course of Biblical history and ancient near-eastern history, or church history? How many believe in objective morality, rather than relativistic morality? How many still believe in objective truth, rather than subjective, group-determined truth?

This is the most poorly catechized generation in the history of the Church.

Only Israel and Judah between the times of Ahaz and Josiah, had it worse.


I suppose it is arguable which historical age was the most biblically literate, but Moore's point is worthy of consideration. Id est, given the proliferation of Christian literature and teaching today, why do we not witness a corresponding level of Christian piety and living?

I believe that most people think (or possibly more accurately do not take the time to think) that the things they say they believe should influence the way they live. They have not mused on the profound truth in the second chapter of James; there is no dichotomy between faith and practice.

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