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  • Writer's pictureLES HENSON

Putting Aside Our Dichotomies

Updated: Jan 24, 2021

Les Henson

Many Western Christians living in the third decade of the twenty-first century have bought into a dichotomistic worldview that separates 'facts' from 'values' and the 'public' from the 'private'. Fundamentalists shout very loud, but no one is listening when they asserted the factual inerrancy of Scripture and regarded Christian doctrine as absolute truth in an arrogant fashion. Liberals see theological symbols as religious experience, which they considered to be inward and personal. Yet, both fundamentalist and liberal are operating within the dichotomistic assumptions of a modern Western worldview, which relegates Jesus and Christianity to the private and relativised world. Thus, having no relevance to life's real issues. As Christian people, we called to engage a post-everything world in a holistic fashion, which means that we must put aside all dichotomies, the fundamentalist-liberal dichotomy, and the facts-values and the public-private dichotomies.

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