Saturday, October 20, 2007

Lost Grammar

There is no need to reinvent the wheel, there is no need to start from scratch, but there is a need to recover and to value the Reformed confessional heritage and to put it to work.

The long conflict between orthodoxy and modernity has left the corpus reformatum with some serious wounds. One of these wounds was the reimagination of our identity. Rather than identifying ourselves as Reformed and defining Reformed by the symbols, over time we identified ourselves as conservatives and came to regard our Reformed identity as a subset of a broader antimodern reaction.

Consequently, we have gradually tended to abandon our grammar (ways of speaking) and our categories (ways of thinking) so that now, when they are introduced, they appear to some as novelties.

R. Scott Clark, Covenant, Justification and Pastoral Ministry, p. 6