Welcome to the third installment of my series, “What is Christianity?” This time, we feature the thoughts of Canadian philosopher Myron B. Penner. Dr. Penner is an Anglican priest who ministers at Trinity International Church in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Previously, he was a professor at Prairie College in Three Hills, Alberta. Dr. Penner is the author of The End of Apologetics: Christian Witness in a Postmodern Context and editor of Christianity and the Postmodern Turn: Six Views.
Blaise Pascal famously offered this apology to a friend for composing a lengthy missive: “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.” Pascal’s message: it’s easy to be wordy, but concision takes time. While I suggested contributors state their view of mere Christianity in 5-6 sentences, Penner used but one. By the Pascalian metric, Penner invested a lot of time in this statement.
Myron Penner on Mere Christianity
“For me, mere Christianity is the confession (the act of confessing) of the lordship of Jesus in the terms of the Apostles’ Creed.”