"This is the generation of the great LEVIATHAN, or rather, to speak more reverently of that mortal god, to which we own under the immortal God, our peace and defense." -Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan
I’m starting to feel a very weird sympathy for the Churches of Christ in America.
The anti-creedalism and extreme sola scripturalism of these churches very weirdly leads to positions which are quite close to my own. They believe in baptismal regeneration, aren’t as concerned with minute formulations of sola fide (I mentioned before that I think the Law-Gospel distinction to be more important than exact formulas on justification by faith alone) and they possess the extreme rationalism of Protestantism in identifying the work of the Holy Spirit with the inspired words of Scripture and that the Holy Spirit draws people to salvation and sanctification by means of the inspired word alone “in the same way any person moves another—by persuasion with words and ideas”. Echoes of Luther’s invectives against “enthusiasm” and any attempt at divorcing the Holy Spirit from the External Word.
There is a very weird convergence between a Kerygmatic emphasis, rationalism, and fundyism… Of course, I also admire their Reformed rationalistic simplicity and insistence upon a capella and all that.