A few months ago I wrote a post challenging the notion that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is going to hell in a liberal hand basket (well, that’s not exactly the content of the post, but that’s the jist). I think such a notion is hooey.
For more hooey check out the most recent edition of the online Journal of Lutheran Ethics, in which Robert Benne of Roanoke College writes an article asking, "Will There Be a Lutheran Theological Ethic in the Next Generation?" He pessimistically suggests that the next generation will not have a Lutheran theological ethic, owing in large part to the ELCA’s radical liberal agenda. Give me a break.
I wrote a response to Dr. Benne’s article and sent it off to the Journal of Lutheran Ethics. I posted it here last evening, but have since taken it down. The Journal may publish it, but would like to work with me on a few edits. If and when it gets posted to the Journal, I’ll link to it here.
In the meantime, let me say in response to Dr. Benne that liberalism is not killing our unique Lutheran voice. Masculine language to describe God is alive and well (just look at our new worship book!), our churches are more likely to be accused of being staid places of inaction than of centers for radical liberal activity, and the largest threat to a unique Lutheran theological ethic and lens is not liberalism but a generic conservative American protestantism. I think he is pretty off base in his critique. More later, I promise . . .