Right before I moved to Chico I started reading a book by Os Guinness called Fit Bodies, Fat Minds: Why Evangelicals Don’t Think and What to Do About It and so far I like it a lot. In the first section of the book, he goes over eight “isms” that he feels have contributed to the problem that led him to write this book. The first “ism”, the only one that isn’t actually an “ism” at all, is polarization. Guinness writes,
Ironically, evangelicals are often much more aware of other forms of polarization- “conservative” versus “progressive” in the culture wars, for instance, or “conservative” versus “liberal” or “modernist” in theological matters. But we are less conscious of this automatic polarizing tendency in our own hearts and minds and of its severe consequences. In 1853 an observer noted the widespread impression “that an intellectual clergyman is deficient in piety, and that an eminently pious minister is deficient in intellect.”
I read this and immediately I can think of people who I feel seem to balance the characteristics of intellectualism and piety, but I think that Guinness has a point that today the trend seems to be that people and, in my opinion, churches seem to choose to emphasize one side over the other. Do you think this is an accurate assessment of where the church is at today? If you had to put your church somewhere on the spectrum where would you put it?