Jun 05, 2013 |
Inside Out 54: Theological Illiteracy
When the Barna Research Group listed its six “megathemes” of 2010, it included theological illiteracy. What this means is that fewer and fewer American Christians know the doctrines of the faith---the foundational beliefs that both define and ground Christian truth.
Now, none of us likes being called ignorant, and in essence that’s what the research is saying. As a church we’ve been content to skate on the surface. As a group, we’re all over the idea of the free gift of God. Perhaps, however, we haven’t spent much time thinking about the cost of that gift, or the hard self-appraisal necessary before we can fully embrace what’s been extended our way. Maybe it’s been easier to “catch” faith---like one catches a cold---instead of soberly considering the personal and corporate sacrifices that might be necessary if we’re to carry our crosses daily.
John Stonestreet joins me in this podcast to discuss the idea of theological illiteracy in the American church. John is the President and CEO of the Colson Center, a division of Break Point, and also the Executive Director of Summit Ministries. This all means that he spends a great deal of time thinking and teaching about Christian faith and how it intersects with the surrounding culture.
Interested in how the American church became less and less knowledgeable about the Christian faith? Curious about the practical steps that might move us toward theological literacy? Join us.