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You do not need to be a Christian to believe in the antithesis. Of course, the Bible gives lots of grounds for insisting that believers (those who belong to Christ) and unbelievers (those who remain part of the first Adam’s fallen race) are distinct. From the very promises God made to Eve and the Serpent after the fall in Genesis 3, the Old Testament laws that set the Israelites apart from their pagan neighbors, to the New Testament’s instruction about marriage and fellowship, Christians have all sorts of warrant for maintaining a separate identity. The Dutch theologian and politician, Abraham Kuyper, supplied the intellectual arsenal for such separateness—what some might call tribalism—when he applied the idea of regeneration (however unevenly) to human endeavors and insisted that Christians and non-Christians, thanks to regeneration, see the world differently.
The downside of an emphasis on the differences between belief and unbelief is that Christians sometimes engage in bitter fights over matters that may involve compromise with the world or unbelief. Conservative Protestant opposition to theological modernism was one such example. In an effort to accommodate the Bible, theology, and church life to advances in science and cultural awareness, liberals, according to conservatives, had crossed the line and followed the world instead of remaining faithful to the gospel. For some, this vigilance to maintain the proper borders between the church and the world are needlessly combative and even cruel. One Protestant blogger recently faulted Reformed Protestants for attempting “to manufacture a pure church via unpleasant, protracted debates over non-essential matters.” “We bear down on individual people and crush them,” the author wrote, “rather than understanding their weakness.”
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If Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt are to be believed, the church has nothing on the current intellectual and academic world when it comes to tribalism, incivility, and hyper-sensitivity....
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