Evangelicalism: A baseless faith, but who cares?

We all should even if evangelicals do not!

If evangelicals are brutally honest with themselves, they follow a baseless faith. Subtract experientialism, which is unreliable as the sole source of truth, and hope of heaven and you are left with a Bible riddled with errors, contradictions, incongruences, inconsistencies, implausibilities and textual problems. Anybody who disagrees with this statement has not spent considerable time studying the Bible in precise detail. And those who have, a minute percentage, have persuaded themselves (like I did), such issues are beyond human understanding and reserved for heavenly disclosure.

Evangelicalism like most every other belief system on earth starts from childhood. It is cultural and also part of the national identity as in the case of American evangelicals or “Apple Pie” Christians. There are no stats on inherited faith versus investigated faith because the latter is so rare as not to warrant evaluation. I, however, believe this phenomenon of evangelicalism has directly contributed to the current lethargy which seems to be its most salient feature. Kiddie conversions or baby baptisms are the norm not the exception for entrance into the faith. Devoid of a life changing salvation experience breeds a faith that is more one of general moralism than a dynamic outworking of New Testament ideals.

Nobody arrives at evangelicalism’s theological conclusions after an independent, honest, critical investigation of the New Testament teachings. Most enter the faith backwards, which is to say as children. Then they struggle to find cognitive consistency between the scientific world where rationalism rules and the biblical world where revelation is king. Some try to poke holes in scientific theory to legitimize a literalist view of the Bible but most remain ignorant of the mountain of data that undermines belief in inerrancy. A very small minority who have theological degrees are so invested in the faith as to be blind to the truth and lack the intellectual courage to confront their many doubts.

Any belief in the Bible which includes Jesus resurrection from the dead as its foundation is irrational. There simply is no evidence which does not begin with an assumption of biblical authority which is based on its own claim, and so on. The theory of inerrancy is a merry-go-round of illogic.

I have no qualms with anyone who wants to claim belief in Jesus’ resurrection and everything that goes with it, so long as they admit it is a baseless irrational belief. Furthermore, they should keep it to themselves and not infect others with this nonsense especially children and the vulnerable. Ignorance is everyone’s prerogative except when one tries to force it on others.

Published by ronarends

I was born in London, Ontario, Canada. I attended Capernwray Bible School (England and Austria), Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, Il.), the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario), London Baptist Seminary (London, Ontario) and Dallas Theological Seminary (Dallas, Tx.). I have had several temporary jobs over the years but my focus has alway been on an investigative study of the Bible, Jesus and Christianity particularly evangelicalism. Currently editing a massive literary undertaking deconstructing Christianity and Jesus.

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