A discussion over at NeoBaptist on crafting belief statements has led to an interesting discussion the place of propositional truth in Christian witnessing and discipleship. More recently I commented:
Joe, as is hopefully becoming clearer, I tend to see ANY imbalance as problematic, so I don’t disagree with the counter examples you raise. I see hypercalvinism and hyperliberalism as equally dangerous. If I emphasize here the errors that may be attributable to hypercalvinism, its because I want to highlight the necessity of being “in the world”. But let me assure you that amongst Emergent deconstructionists I have been at equal pains to highlight the necessity of not being “of the world”. Close to my heart is the instruction, “So be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left.” (Deuteronomy 5:32) I tend to see both sectarianism and syncretism as falling away. In advocating contextualization I am rejecting both. I have drawn a diagram here that I think fleshes it out more.
My basic argument is that propositional statments have their place in training situations, but that place is not necessarily a leading one. See what you think.