Optimism Is Naïve, But Pessimism Is Atheistic

Ivan Mesa | October 12, 2016

It’s been two decades since Don Carson published The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism (Zondervan, 1996). In more than 600 pages he addressed a number of societal trends and pitfalls, including hermeneutical pluralism, deconstruction, and the disappearance of objective truth—heady subjects with massive influence on our day-to-day lives. 
Since 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Gold Medallion Award-winning book, I asked TGC’s co-founder and president why he spent three years writing this book, whether we’ve moved away from postmodernism, if he’s optimistic about the future, and more. 

You wrote The Gagging of God over a three-year period and read more than 1,300 books in preparation. Why did you devote such a significant amount of time to this issue?

At the time, I’d been engaged in university missions for almost a quarter of a century, and I couldn’t help but detect a change in the questions I was hearing, a change in the degree of biblical illiteracy. Earlier, if you could make a solid case for the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus, students weren’t slow to face up to some of the entailments; now, any claim of a universal truth was viewed with suspicion. All claims were dismissed as “totalizing”; little was more offensive than the Bible’s claims to…

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