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Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 4:30 AM

Updated Discerning Reader site and some

Hey all -

Long time no update =/. I've been busy (and/or lazy). But if you're looking for something to read, check out the updated discerning reader site, an excellent resource for Christian reviews for books.

I owe a few posts. One on being Asian American, one on Douglas Wilson, and one responding to Jeff. gar, so much to do.

But speaking of Douglas Wilson, I always love what he has to say on his blog (though many times I don't understand all of it)

Check out this post, responding to those who are moving towards the inclusivist "Christian" position. The Inclusivist Snare

You should read the whole thing, but here's an excellent point that I think should be made more often, especially in missionary circles.

This relates to the central confusion in Stackhouse's version of the inclusivist position.

"All I am arguing for here is that we do not confine salvation to this normal mode, shutting off any other possibilities and therefore implying, if we don't say so outright, that millions of people have been lost forever simply because they lived in Asia, or Europe, or Africa, or the Americas, or anywhere else before gospel preaching got there."

But nobody is lost because of where they live. People are lost because they are evil -- you know, wicked. Sinful. Now it is possible to say that in a secondary sense someone might be lost because of where they live. An analogy might be death from a particular disease. When someone has a treatable form of cancer, but they live out in the bush where nobody has ever heard of this form of cancer, still less the treatments for it, why does that person die? Does he die because of where he lives? In a trivial secondary sense, yes. But the thing that kills him is the cancer.


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