I was edited for length -- which happens to most everyone at one time or another -- but wish that they'd have concluded the last paragraph, which I think explains why Moredock's ire was raised. The rest of the letter read as follows:
While it is true that C.I. Schofield, one of the major originators of pre-millenial, pre...-trubulational Dispensationalism, was a contributor, Old Princetonian and post-millenialist B.B. Warfield was also a
contributor. Warfield's colleague at Princeton Seminary, Charles
Erdman, authored the essay on “The Coming of Christ” and took an
historically pre-millenial – but not Dispensational – tone.
Many of the Fundamentalists whom Mr. Moredock eschews – for instance,
Jerry Falwell – showed an appreciation for the cultural mandate that
contradicted their Dispensational views, founding schools and colleges
and seeking to articulate a distinctively Christian worldview that
applied faith to all of life to include the political sphere – Mr.
Moredock might well hope for some of the old-time pietism that sought
to withdraw from society!
[For the record, I'm an Anglican priest (hardly a group generally identified with Fudamentalism), who smokes (just finished an enjoyable bowl of pipe-tobacco as I'm typing this), drinks (especially dark beer and single-malt Scotch -- although I avoid doing so to excess), dances (perhaps not very well), and goes to concerts and movies -- thereby eschewing the separationism that has come to be identified with the term. I do not consider myself to be a Fundamentalist and never use the term to describe myself, although I do adhere without reservation to the five distinctives outlined above.] --CAC,Jr.+
Gee, thanks, Moredock. As a Southern, conservative, evangelical Christian I'm used to disagreeing with (and frequently been incensed by) almost everything that you write. With this week's column you've put me in the unusual position of agreeing with about 95% of what you wrote.
I've got to give you credit -- well done.
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