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Radical Pietism: The Core of Liberalism

According to a recent Pew study, less than 30% of evangelicals were able to identify Protestantism as the faith which embraces the doctrine of “justification by faith alone.” On this program the hosts will attempt to demonstrate that most contemporary Protestants, whether liberal or conservative, actually have more in common with radical Anabaptist beliefs than they do with the theology of the Protestant Reformation with its emphasis on sola gratia, sola fide, and sola scriptura (originally aired 10-08-17).

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The Anabaptist movement was an outgrowth of late medieval pietism which attempted to set up a utopian society based on the apocalyptic visions of an Italian monk named Joachim of Fiore. The Anabaptists believed that this monk’s spiritual visions about “the age of the Spirit” were coming true in their own day. This sect was convinced that they had entered a time where they were now beyond both the law and the gospel — where there would be no preaching, sacraments or visible church. They believed that every believer could have immediate inner-relationship with God that wouldn’t require teaching or any external means of grace. John Calvin said this was nothing less than a revival of the ancient heresy of Gnosticism.

Michael Horton

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The Ten Commandments of Progressive Christianity

Author: Michael Kruger

Not long ago, Michael Kruger came across a list of ten principles set forth by proponents of progressive Christianity. They are, in effect, a new Ten Commandments. What is striking is that they are far less about God revealing his desires and far more about man expressing his own. Yet each of these commandments is partially true. That is what makes this list, and progressive Christianity as a whole, so challenging. Half-truths can sound quite appealing until you recognize their foundations and implications. In The Ten Commandments of Progressive Christianity, Michael Kruger diagnoses and critiques each of these tenets and offers a brief biblical and theological response.

Christianity and Liberalism

Author: J. Gresham Machen

This classic defense of orthodox Christianity, written to counter the liberalism that arose in the early 1900s, establishes the importance of scriptural doctrine and contrasts the teachings of liberalism and orthodoxy on God and man, the Bible, Christ, salvation, and the church. J. Gresham Machen’s Christianity and Liberalism has remained relevant through the years ever since its original publication in 1923. It was named one of the top 100 books of the millennium by World magazine and one of the top 100 books of the twentieth century by Christianity Today. 

In the Face of God

Author: Michael Horton

Mentioned in World Magazine’s list of the top 100 books of the 20th century, In the Face of God was described by World Magazine as “Unveiling the gnosticism –– the heresy that objectivity doesn’t matter, that religion is just a matter of what is inside my head, and that we can have a direct relationship with God without a mediator––that is implicit in much of American religion and religiosity.”