In the interest of the ongoing dialogue we here print in full Jim Wallis’s response to Carl F. H. Henry’s article entitled “Revolt on Evangelical Frontiers” (April 26 issue). Wallis is the editor of the “Post-American,” which as he says is a “forum for the young evangelical consciousness.” Dr. Henry is out of the country and has not had the opportunity to see and respond to this critique. Although, as Wallis says, the “young evangelicals” believe in the authority and inspiration of Scripture, many of them cannot subscribe to the theological assertion of the Evangelical Theological Society (now a quarter of a century old) that “the Bible … is … inerrant in the autographs.”
It was with a deep sense of disappointment that I read Carl F. H. Henry’s review essay of Richard Quebedeaux’s book The Young Evangelicals. “Revolt on Evangelical Frontiers” was especially disappointing because of the sympathetic stance toward many of us “young evangelicals” previously taken by Carl Henry. My basic argument with the article is that it contains some fundamental distortions and inaccurate caricatures in relation to the “young evangelical” consciousness that certainly is emerging. After reading Quebedeaux’s book, I also am left with the feeling that Henry misrepresented much of its basic thrust; but my primary purpose here is not to defend a book but to clarify some points that could foster division and misunderstanding among evangelicals.
First, Henry implies throughout his essay that the young evangelicals are characterized by a deteriorating view of Scripture. On the contrary, the new evangelical ...1
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