Asking Ourselves Questions

I read with interest the thought-provoking article “Can Evangelicalism Survive Its Success?” [Oct. 5]. Did not [Italian philosopher Giovanni Battista] Vico state that history is cyclic? If so, could not the monasteries founded in the Middle Ages and their later spiritual decline—due, by and large, to their becoming wealthy—serve as lessons for the evangelical community? Will not achieving the “good life” and its too-often being equated with being “Godlike” be the spiritual downfall of American-style evangelicalism? Should not history be didactic? Many are these kinds of questions which the evangelical community must ask itself.

George R. Stotts

Irving, Tex.

When I saw the cover, asking “Can Evangelicalism Survive Its Success?” [Oct. 5], I mentally snorted, “What success?” I discovered the article described the success of emerging parachurch ministries and Christian entertainment endeavors compared to what was available in the 1940s and 1950s. I appreciated the article because it painted broad, insightful strokes of where we evangelicals have been and where we are today.

I did think the authors slighted the increasing hostility of society toward biblical mores. In the fifties there was not a fraction of the unbiblical sex and violence on TV, no gay-rights agenda, no attempts to bully Christians out of public influence by misinterpretation and misapplication of the Establishment Clause. I doubt that “back then” young female students would have been manhandled and escorted to police cars for praying on public school grounds.

Lynn Dell

Kettering, Ohio

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