Jul 25, 2016: Style That Lacks Substance

Robert E. Webber

For the past thirty years or so the church has been plagued by innovation . . . a philosophy that moves forward without regard for the past. . . . With an antihistorical attitude and the constant desire for what’s new, faith is reduced to style. . . . Eventually the overemphasis on style results in an underemphasis on substance, and then style overtakes substance. The words of the narrative—creation, fall, incarnation, death, resurrection, second coming—may continue to be used, but without the appropriate depth and cosmic substance.

-Robert E. Webber, Who Gets to Narrate the World? Contending for the Christian Story in an Age of Rivals (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2008), 116-117.

About the author

Alumni Director, Practicum Professor, and DWS graduate.