I’m bringing it back.

I’m not the only one who thinks Gnosticism has influenced evangelical theology. From Peter Leithart (someone who has read, oh, just about everything):

“VanderZee, however, does not simply repeat Reformed slogans, but brings in voices and perspectives from other traditions (Schmemann is quoted a good bit, and William Cavanagh makes an appearance or two), and updates sacramental theology in all the right directions. He aims his main criticisms against evangelical Protestant anti-sacramentalism, which he sees, quite rightly, as a manifestation of gnosticism. This book would make a wonderful text for a class on sacraments, or even for a church reading group, since it’s written in a popular style.”

Yes, I know. Not conclusive in any way, shape or form. Yet it provides a good opportunity to recommend Leithart’s blog. It’s always intelligent, diverse, and interesting.

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Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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