When considering the role of the church in our lives, it’s always important to consider the age in which we live. As discussed in the previous blog, I believe that it is self-evident that we live in a deeply anti-authoritarian age. Outside the church, this is often observed within national politics where disrespect and irreverence towards government officials has become commonplace. Within the church, this anti-authoritarianism rears its head in our skepticism for the church. In other words, the anti-authoritarian culture outside of the church has produced an anti-institutional and anti-polity culture within the church.
There are a large number of trends which have conspired together to produce this culture. Mark Dever provides a useful list
Since the dawn of the seventeenth-century Enlightenment, the Western mind has been trained to doubt all external authorities.
Since the middle of the nineteenth century, scholars in theology departments of elite European universities have assumed…
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