Hart writes, “Apparently what we have here are rival ways of being open to evangelicals, of not being narrowly or parochially Reformed. In effect, WTS is now torn between Scott McKnight, Tim Keller and Richard Mouw’s sort of broad evangelicalism and Al Mohler, D. A. Carson and John Piper’s sort of Reformed evangelicalism.”
Maybe it takes having had personal experience in both mainline Protestantism and broad Evangelicalism to appreciate Hart’s point about the dueling taxonomies. But it is exactly this sort of acumen that allows one to be able to write something like “The Lost Soul of American Protestantism” and pin the point about how the correct taxonomies in American religion are not “conservative” or “liberal” but “confessional” and “Evangelical.” This is what allows ex-Liberal Thomas Oden to grasp just how Fundamentalists and Liberals have more in common than either would want to admit. Indeed, this goes to the very title of this blog: the wider household, made up of all sorts of traditions in American religion, is broadly Evangelical. It is those who are confessional that should feel quite in the Outhouse.