September 27, 2022
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Many Christians today, especially evangelicals, say they are “deconstructing” their faith. Disillusioned with how their fellow evangelicals support Donald Trump, are complicit in social injustice, get caught up in sex scandals, or commit other wrongdoings of which they become aware, these Christians are scrutinizing their personal faith, questioning what they learned and examine how they came to believe it. After such “deconstruction”, some people completely abandon Christianity, while others “reconstruct” it in a different way.
James Walden of Mere Orthodoxy discusses this phenomenon and relates it to Luther’s theology of the cross. While Luther is indeed a valuable resource that can help contemporary Christians work through their problems and confusions, I’m not sure that “deconstruction” or “theology of the cross” accurately describes what disillusioned evangelicals are doing. .
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