When I hear critical characterisations of ‘Calvinism’ or ‘evangelicalism’ or ‘complementarianism’ or even ‘Christianity’… Sometimes the criticisms are clumsy, ignorant, unfair or paranoid.

Sometimes they’re just critical. They might understand these well but and just disagree with me about their nature and value. It’d be fragile of me to dismiss these second type by lumping them in with the first.

I think the same dynamic is at work with criticisms of more ‘left’ ideologies like ‘Critical Theory’, ‘Cultural Marxism’ or whatever. Some criticisms are indeed educated and fair. They just might be less sympathetic than the champions of these sensibilities/outlooks are.


Xian Reflections is written by Mikey Lynch.

Mikey graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Arts in 2002. In 2000 he became one of the founding leaders of Crossroads Presbyterian Church where he was the lead pastor for 7 years from 2003.

Mikey now works as the Campus Director of the University Fellowship of Christians, University of Tasmania, Hobart. Mikey is the chairman of The Vision 100 Network (Tasmania) and a founding director of Geneva Push (national) – both church planting networks. He is also a chaplain at Jane Franklin Hall and the chairman of New Front Door: the Church IT Guild.

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