“Old” Does Not Equal “Out-Of-Touch”

Another great post on “The Blazing Center,” Mark and Stephen Altrogge: proprietors. The post talks about being careful not to reject wonderful theological insight just because it’s “old.” C.S. Lewis cautioned against the “tyranny of the novel (read: new)” – the tendency we have to think anything current or new is inherently better than anything anyone said in the past. What a silly idea, but an idea that makes sense to our prideful, sinful selves. The writers of every generation often think their ideas are the best. Every generation seems to struggle with this outworking of pride, and it takes a certain amount of humility to accept that we have much to learn from the voices from the past.

Stephen Altrogge says,

“[D]o we really think that we are somehow spiritually superior to those who went before us? Do we really think that all the Christian men and women who went before us and held to a particular idea were spiritual morons who didn’t know what God was really like? That spiritual giants like Augustine, Calvin, Luther, Edwards, Spurgeon, and Lloyd-Jones somehow missed it when it came to their ideas about Hell, or sexuality, or the church, or the family, or creation? It’s not like God has changed since the times of these men. He’s still the same, and the men and women who went before us wrestled with the same Bible that we do. So let’s not be arrogant punks and think that somehow we’ve moved past the ideas of those before us.”

This is affirming, that to keep on picking up the classics, theological and otherwise, is a worthy pursuit.


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