Name That Horton Book

From this preview of an upcoming book, it appears Horton has grown so busy, he’s hired Zrim as a ghostwriter (is that why Z’s posting pace has slowed of late?)

Mouw insisted it was the church’s duty to address these issues directly, [Carl] Henry wanted him to say it was the Christian’s duty.  The church has a responsibility to proclaim God’s Word, even with specific application, wherever it speaks.  It has the authority from God to announce a final judgment of oppression, wanton violence, and injustice and to call all people (including Christians) to repentance and faith in Christ in the light of this ultimate assize.  However, “The institutional church,” said Henry, “has no mandate, jurisdiction, or competence to endorse political legislation or military tactics or economic specifics in the name of Christ.”

Henry quoted Princeton University ethicist Paul Ramsey: “Identification of Christian social ethics with specific partisan proposals that clearly are not the only ones that may be characterized as Christian and as morally acceptable comes close to the original New Testament meaning of heresy.’”  At the same time, Henry argued that evangelicals are not only authorized but commanded to proclaim God’s clear “No!” to excessive violence, racial injustice, and other serious moral crises.  God’s Word shapes the moral conscience of its hearers, but where it does not offer specific policy prescriptions, the church has no authority to speak.

…Evangelicalism risks merely changing its political affiliation, tying the gospel to a different political agenda.  Many evangelicals have come to see that the movement was largely  co-opted by the Republican Party, but this repentance seems somewhat superficial when the alternative is simply to switch parties and to broaden political agendas.

The preview says that this book will be the next installment of the Christless Christianity, Gospel-Driven Life series, and that it is still untitled! Therefore I hereby announce a contest to find the best title! The prize: I’ll buttonhole Horton (or at least his wife) at our kids’ school some day and pass along the best submission.

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11 Responses to Name That Horton Book

  1. RubeRad says:

    My submission: The Confessional Outhouse: It’s Lonely Out Here

  2. sosborne09 says:

    Here’s mine:

    Where God is Silent: Cult, Culture, and the Christian

  3. Zrim says:

    At the same time, Henry argued that evangelicals are not only authorized but commanded to proclaim God’s clear “No!” to excessive violence, racial injustice, and other serious moral crises.

    Doesn’t the idea that the institutional church is authorized and commissioned a la (pre-repentant) Mouw have to start somewhere, as in with individuals who think they are so commanded?

    This is not at all to say that believers shouldn’t join in the common fray, but isn’t there a difference between being “a theologically informed participant” and being “authorized [and] commanded to proclaim God’s clear ‘No!’ to excessive violence, racial injustice, and other serious moral crises”? Henry contrasted to Mouw is clearly in the right wrt the institutional church, but I can’t help but think that he reserves for the individual a lot of what gets Mouw to where he was wrt the institutional church.

    So much for speculating on my ghosting.

  4. todd says:

    How about: “Small Expectations”

  5. RubeRad says:

    Well, Horton is only W2K, not Z2K…

  6. RubeRad says:

    You mean like the dating service spoof from MadTV? Wait, that was “Lowered Expectations”

  7. Zrim says:

    And it’s all R2K (as in “Reformed”).

  8. Zrim says:

    It is worth a read. But it’s also a bit ironic that Moore’s piece shares space with the very sort of screeding it means to correct.

  9. todd says:

    Well, if you and Bret can share space in the same denomination…Seriously, I think what the American conservative church, Reformed or not, needs as much as anything else, is a long, slow, thougthful immersion in the Book of Ecclesiastes.

  10. John Yeazel says:

    There you go- the name of the book could be Social Ethics as Nothing New Under the Sun.

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