Sunday, March 24, 2013

Thabiti Anyabwile, The Gospel Coalition, and solidarity

Now among some bloggers there can be a common supposition that participants in The Gospel Coalition may be more lockstep on a variety of issues than may be the case.  Now to be sure a lone dissenter could be dismissed as the exception that proves the rule but if the rule was, say, that everyone in The Gospel Coalition must somehow agree with certain well-known participants or associates with The Gospel Coalition then, well, Anyabwile's managed to take issue with a couple of things in fairly high profile ways.

On the invitation of T. D. Jakes to Elephant Room 2
http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/thabitianyabwile/2011/10/01/collateral-damage-in-the-invitation-of-t-d-jakes-to-the-elephant-room/

On an apparently new discussion/debate on Doug Wilson's views on slavery
http://www.dougwils.com/The-Bible-Culture-and-Race/with-a-bit-of-menthol.html
http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/thabitianyabwile/2013/03/12/why-respond-publicly-to-douglas-wilsons-black-and-tan/
http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/thabitianyabwile/2013/03/13/doug-wilsons-views-on-race-racism-slavery-and-the-bible/

Normally Wenatchee The Hatchet doesn't link to a ton of stuff on The Gospel Coalition but it seems to be worth noting that while some bloggers assume TGC people are lockstep all the way on everything this is observably disprovable enough to be worth some note.  The alluded-to bloggers may still dislike Anywabile's points and positions on a variety of things but the claim that TGC members just toe the line all the time is, by now, something that's not so simply assumed, at least as far as Wenatchee The Hatchet is concerned. 




2 comments:

Anonymous said...

How nice to see that someone from TGC is finally addressing problems with Doug Wilson. It's quite a shame though that Pastor Anyabwile seems to be going at it alone...why don't more of those TGC pastors take this on? I've been amazed that John Piper has been willing to share the stage with Wilson at Desiring God conferences and give him access to a much larger platform, despite his revisionist/sympathetic/apologetic views on slavery and the Civil War. Perhaps Piper thinks Wilson's patriarchy/fatherhood movement is so important that he's willing to overlook his more controversial views.

Knowing that Wilson grew up in the south gives his bizarre teachings some context, particularly about why he is so quick to point out terrible things about black people/culture with not a single thought that it could be considered a racist (or racially insensitive, as Pastor Anyabwile says) view. You know, the same type of people who will swear they are not racist in one breath and then in the other make unflattering stereotypical comments about black people. Hoo-kay, you're "not a racist" then...*cough*. (Not to mention, he's very deliberately mean and dismissive of critics on his blog. Remember his remarks using rape language to describe marital sex? And then defending it as the day is long to all critics. Once again...WTH is up with that?? He is not very pastoral.)

Doug Wilson isn't alone either. These warped views are worming their way into Christian homeschooling materials and becoming popular in their circles, especially in the south. Even some Tea Partiers are sympathetic, because they see the southern cause as paving a historical foundation for their "states rights" views. Very disturbing. Christians need to vigilant and root that out of the church.

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

Anyabwile seems to be alone so far.

Driscoll and Wilson did a conference together on masculinity, wasn't it? Driscoll's taken issue with Wilson on a few things but a vision of a robust and particular form of masculinity is something they have in common. It's tempting to say that vision is Markulinity but Driscoll took a lot of his formative early ideas on gender roles from Wilson thirteen to fifteen years ago.