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How to Alleviate an Uneasy Evangelical Conscience

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 by Dale M. Coulter

right-and-wrong-decisionsIn 1947 the famous defender of Evangelicalism Carl F. H. Henry took on his own movement. Toward the end of the 1940s Henry and others were feeling a little uneasy about what Henry called the “evaporation of fundamentalist humanitarianism.”

What he meant was a genuine reluctance on the part of Fundamentalists like John R. Rice and Bob Jones, Sr. to come to grips with the social evils of the day as the revivalist tradition had done in the nineteenth century.

Henry recounts asking one-hundred pastors, “how many of you, during the past six months, have preached a sermon devoted in large part to a condemnation of such social evils as aggressive warfare, racial hatred and intolerance, the liquor traffic, exploitation of labor or management or the like–a sermon containing not merely an incidental or illustrative reference, but directed mainly against such evils and proposing the framework in which you think the solution is possible?”

The response? None.

Here is what Carl Henry did not know at the time. Read the rest of this entry »