Today an emerging evangelical vanguard of state university graduates (and a smaller number from evangelical campuses) who are disenchanted with modern culture are calling, in the name of the Gospel, for a radical faith and a revolutionary commitment. Their discontents include not only secular society but also institutional Christianity. If they reproach the contemporary world-view for its technocratic depersonalization of human values, no less do they fault the ecumenical churches for secularizing the supernatural Gospel, and the evangelical churches for spiritualizing man’s material needs. On the edge of the Vietnamese war, most of them question the legitimacy and effectiveness of violence in settling international differences, though not all are pacifists.
Some of these young people have emerged from the youth counter-cultural revolt to a thoroughgoing Christian commitment. While they share the evangelistic concern of the Jesus people, they are not content simply to withdraw from the world they once knew, nor do they think Christianity can long survive in free-floating patterns not theologically informed. And they are determined to bear Christian witness at socio-cultural frontiers.
Not a few are attending evangelical seminaries for an exposure to dogmatics and apologetics. They do not question the validity of the gathered church, though some question the legitimacy of the ministry, as it is presently conceived, as a Christian profession. Few of them think the pulpit ministry is their thing; most are unsure just what their vocation is. Some hopefully contemplate exploratory careers in mass communications, free university or community student centers, and the like.
A dozen or so of their number attending Trinity Evangelical ...1
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