My friend Owen Strachan, a brilliant young theologian at Boyce College, has written a remarkable critique of John Dickerson's reflections on the status of American Evangelicalism. (Full disclosure: I am quoted incidentally in the article; elide this mention if you wish and read the rest of the piece).

Owen's gracious but thorough refutation of Mr. Dickerson's thesis that the Evangelical community in our country if failing and flailing is a masterpiece of grace and truth. It is well worth reading, and pondering. Here is a sterling quote from the piece:

A vibrant gospel witness is the church’s primary mission. But Christians from Justin Martyr to Augustine to Aquinas to Calvin to Edwards to Wilberforce to Colson have seen from the Bible that society benefits immeasurably from the church. And society benefits most when the church is strongest.