Mere Opposites by S. M. Hutchens


Mere Opposites

Fundamentals Can't Be Reduced by S. M. Hutchens

I recently watched a video recording of a conference at which the idea of mere Christianity was criticized as though it gave rise to the question, "How mere is our Christianity?" As one of the participants noted in passing, the mere Christianity theme does indeed appear to be adopted increasingly by those whose supposed devotion to the idea includes all sorts of things Christians have historically and unanimously denied.

This sort of person is becoming more numerous among those who clearly wish to have their Christianity and their egalitarianism, their women's ordination, their divorces, their ambivalence on sexual matters, and their general friendliness with the world, too—things that have always and everywhere been denied by the Church. This shabby, flaccid, and opportunistic concept of mere Christianity was not Baxter's, nor was it Lewis's, nor is it Touchstone's.


S. M. Hutchens is a Touchstone senior editor.

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