So get this. The Gospel Coalition, is by most accounts, going very well. To those who are more confessional it comes across as "Reformed Theology Light."
Recently the Gospel Coalition released a 10 minute video discussing "New Calvinism." Seated at the table were Al Mohler, Kevin DeYoung, and Ligon Duncan. Nothing particularly earth-shattering was said and I came away with an appreciation for the fact that there is a significant move afoot among evangelicals who are discovering some of what I hold dear.
Imagine my surprise when I came across the story: Is New Calvinism Really New Fundamentalism?
Click on the link and you can watch the video and read one person's take on the movement.
I remember J.I. Packer saying in his little book, The Fundamentalism and the Word of God, that the term fundamentalist was basically perjorative. The word conjures up images of William Jennings Bryant and the Scopes Trial. Evangelicals shed that image by playing nice and minimizing theological differences amongst its various branches.
A couple of questions come to mind. First, I wonder what men like Tim Keller, Bryan Chapell, and others think about being called 'fundamentalist'? Perhaps they never thought in their wildest dreams that someone would stick that label on them.
Second, if many see The Gospel Coalition and New Calvinism as Fundamentalism in new clothes, I wonder what they think of those who embrace confessional reformed theology? Would they call them Neanderthals? Would they categorize their beliefs to be on par with Wahhabism?
Broad evangelicalism is the problem, not New Calvinism or fundamentalism of any sort. Sadly, broad evangelicalism cannot carry on a conversation with any person or traditon except itself. Worse, it has forgotten what being Protestant is all about.