THE CHURCH, TRADITION, SCRIPTURE, TRUTH, AND CHRISTIAN LIFE: SOME HERESIES OF EVANGELICALISM AND AN ORTHODOX RESPONSE
This short treatise is an uncompromising and seemingly polemical response to many of the sectarian ideas of Protestant Evangelicalism, a phenomenon with its intellectual roots in the Reformation but its ethos in American folk religion. Evangelicalism takes many of its theological ideas - its novel ecclesiology, its notion of Scriptural primacy, and its emphasis on personal revelation - from the Reformation; many of its more unsavory elements - a disdain for tradition, an appalling ignorance of the Christian East, and a provincialism foreign to Christian universalism - however, are the products of rural American parochialism which characterizes the more militant Evangelical demands, it seems to me, the kind of treatment that this book provides - a treatment less polemical than blunt and honest. To break through the crust of religious and theological prejudice that often covers the fragile core of Protestant apologetics, one must employ heavy and sturdy tools. This book with great care treats the substance of Reformed thought with objectivity and charitably points out its wrong assumptions, its psychological biases and its historical myopia.
This book is especially useful for Evangelical groups, ignorant of its true beliefs and its essential opposition to the tenets of Evangelicalsim itself, have superficially embraced our Faith. Bishop Chrysostomos of Etna and the St. Gregory Palamas Monastery