The Future of Protestantism

The question of where Protestantism is headed fascinates me. It is clear that it is already not what it was, as hard as some try to drag it back to the 16th and 17th centuries. With the virtual death of the mainline denominations in America and the explosion of the charismatic/Pentecostal movement, as well as the new accessibility of Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, the speed of change is picking up. Protestants hardly know where to turn as old alignments cave in and forces are pushing them into newer configurations.

Peter Leithart continues to be a serious conversation partner in this discussion as he speaks for the reality of one people of God and calls Roman Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants to move beyond tribalism toward Reformed Catholicism. I think he has seen the horror of a Protestantism that cannot stop splitting. He also sees the major bodies of RC and Orthodoxy as bearers of a defective Gospel though carriers of classic Christian confessions. Where is it all going? The Future of Protestantism is a conversation between Leithart, Carl Trueman and Fred Sanders held this week at Biola. It is worth a serious listen. Stick your head up above your own foxhole and make an attempt to survey the landscape of the wider church. It’s bewildering. But perhaps there is a rhythm that can be discerned that patterns the future for us.