Don't Stop Believing: Why Living Like Jesus Is Not Enough
The fundamentalism of recent generations emphasized right belief. Unfortunately, this emphasis often extended to peripheral issues, elevating them to the level of foundational Christian doctrine. There was sometimes also a de-emphasis on right behavior, especially in the realm of social ethics. Recent years have seen a needed correction of this narrow fundamentalism. However, today this turn is accelerating, with a postmodern twist. Foundational Christian doctrines are being questioned. Right behavior is being emphasized at the expense of right belief. Postmodern evangelicalism is in danger of over-correction.
Here is an urgent call for both right belief and right practice. Theologian Michael Wittmer examines ten key questions that confront contemporary Christians and shows why both orthodoxy (right belief) and orthopraxy (right practice) are necessary for authentic Christianity. Our life and service to Christ flow from our love for him, which necessarily comes from knowing him rightly. If we jettison the core historic doctrines of the faith, we will cease to be Christian. We must not stop believing.
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Biblical Studies | Practical Theology | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Wittmer, Michael E., "Don't Stop Believing: Why Living Like Jesus Is Not Enough" (2008). Alumni Book Gallery. 221.