Recently a group of biblical scholars got together to develop what they call the Evangelical Manifesto. This manifesto is certainly not a "nail it to the front door of the church" kind of radical reformation of evangelicalism. It seems to me to be more of a repositioning statement as to how evangelicals should be interacting in the public square in North America and around the world. While evangelicals are defined theologically not politically or culturally the "correctives" of the manifesto emphasize the cultural and political.
I can’t help but wonder what is driving the need for this kind of repositioning. Is this a last ditch effort on behalf of some well intentioned biblical scholars for correctness or correction? We are alive in a most interesting time for "Truth" and the discussion of what is right is prominent in evangelical theological circles. Postmoderns are being corrected by moderns and vice-versa. There is a shifting going on and the feeling of the need to grab on to something that isn’t moving is prevalent. Perhaps this is what is going on here. Perhaps this is an attempt at legacy building or truth telling. Who knows? But while important in the ongoing process for the development of the future this certainly will not be a last word.
It is unfortunate the word "manifesto" was used. I feel as if the proverbial balloon has lost all of its air. Was that a bang I heard . . . no just a pfffffffffffffffffff!