The Heresies of American Evangelicalism

My series on the heresies of American evangelicalism has come to an end, so in the interest of making it accessible to all, here is a table of contents with links to all the posts. I may expand the series as the need to address issues in American Christianity arises. Let me remind my readers that this series is not intended to condemn the church but to prod it toward maturity in the faith. We live in an age in which the line between piety and idolatry is very thin indeed. We must be diligent in weeding out “everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles” (Heb. 12:1), but never at the expense of Christian charity toward all, especially toward those with whom we most disagree. Toward that end, I offer this series in the hope that churches in America will proclaim the gospel with clarity and integrity.

The intention of this series was to examine the essential dogmatic loci as they are popularly articulated or implicitly understood in American evangelical churches. By no means have I exhausted every facet of the problem in each locus; instead I stuck to one major issue that seemed readily apparent. For example, I discussed the doctrine of the Trinity in Part II, but not the attributes of God or the doctrine of election, to name two other areas of importance. Much less have I have examined all of the loci worth addressing in such a series. Perhaps I will offer further reflections in the future.

The Heresies of American Evangelicalism
  • Part I: Introduction
  • Part II: The Doctrine of God — a less-than-fully triune God
  • Part III: Christology — a docetic Christ
  • Part IV: Soteriology — a pelagian soteriology
  • Part V: Holy Scripture — a docetic-propositional Bible
  • Part VI: Eschatology — a gnostic eschatology
  • Part VII: Ecclesiology — nationalism, or depoliticized discipleship


Thanks, D. W., I linked to this and, since I came late to this series, I will read them all.

I'm so glad PTS is still producing such fine theological minds as yours.

Your (ana)Baptist/pacifist friend, and fellow Barthian, Michael
Anonymous said…
Hi David.

What an outstanding series! Christian blogdom is in your debt. But if I were you, I'd stick a fish on my car bumper lest you get a rock through the windscreen (with a Bible verse attached)!

Now - to hold you to the promise of sending the whole shebang to me!


By post:
Kim Fabricius
17 Carnglas Road
United Kingdom

(and if by post, let me know the cost of the postage)

Your Reformed/pacifist friend, and fellow Barthian,
Ooh, can I get a copy, too, please? And Kim, Barth enabled me to claim the Reformed/Puritan part of the Baptist heritage, too--as did Yoder's creative Barthianism. Since you are part of the URC in the UK (I think I remember this right), would you have been UCC had you remained in the US?
By post (I'll pay postage and copy costs if you choose this method);

Michael Westmoreland-White
618 Rubel Road
Louisville, KY 40204-1138
Anonymous said…
Hi Michael.

Yeah, I guess it would have been the UCC for me.

By the way, people in the UK are always asking me about the church in the US. But I was a pagan when I joined the American diaspora in the early seventies; didn't become a Christian until the late seventies; so my personal experience of the church in the US is nil (except for a Presbyterian Sunday School from which I got expelled for throwing spitballs!). Mind, I know several UCC ministers who have come to the UK either termporarily or permanently. Oh, yes, and I represented the Commission of Covenanted Churches in Wales at COCU's 18th Plenary in St. Louis in January 1999.

Happy healing!