For the fifth installment of our survey on mere Christianity, we turn to the reflections of Dr. John Mark Reynolds. Dr. Reynolds is the President of The Saint Constantine School, a Senior Fellow of Humanities at The King’s College in New York City, and a Fellow at The Discovery Institute’s Center For Science and Culture. He is also the author or co-author of several books including When Athens Met Jerusalem: An Introduction to Classical and Christian Thought and The Great Books Reader, Excerpts and Essays on the Most Influential Books in Western Civilization.
John Mark N Reynolds on Mere Christianity
“Looking toward mere Christianity is an act of inclusion from a stable Church tradition. As a result, mere Christianity cannot be a starting point, but is what an Orthodox, Roman, or a member of a historic Protestant church might do to find common ground. The mere Christian begins as a clearly defined partisan of a particular deeply rooted, intellectually rich Christian tradition that then chooses to see where he can agree. Such a Christian looks for the common ideas and practices (orthodoxy and orthopraxis) of those who have chosen to root themselves in the long Christian tradition. As a result, there is no hope for anyone who denies the first few ecumenical councils and does not interact with those they reject to be mere Christian. There is no hope for those who develop peculiar institutions, such as race based slavery or same sex marriage, of being mere Christians.”