I have been reading a book called “Beyond Born Again: Towards Evangelical Maturity” by Robert M Price. By Evangelical, Price means “Born Again” Christianity in general, including Evangelicalism, Fundamentalism and Pentecostalism.
Coming from an Evangelical history and perspective, Price points out the contradictions and difficulties in both the culture and theology of born-again Christianity. He does not believe that Evangelicalism can honestly go on in the same way it has for the past century and so in the final chapter he gives some suggested ways to go forward.
While I do not agree with all of the viewpoints expressed, I particularly liked Chapter 2 on the “The Evangelical Subculture”. Price shows how Born-Again Christians separate themselves from others by various social prohibitions and conventions. The “Saved/Damned” simple dichotomy allows them to see themselves as a small persecuted elite with a unified body of thought, compared to a vast secular agnostic world in total decline and despair.
I think he is right in identifying this attitude as immature, and that there is a need for a maturing particularly in Pentecostal thought in this area. What are your thoughts?
Chapter 2 of the book is here: