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R. Albert Mohler Jr. | The vision of WORLD Opinions from its editor


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We are living in one of the great epochs of human transition, and most of us are aware that the civilization our grandchildren will inherit may bear little resemblance to the civilization we now know, or at least once knew. Christians, increasingly aware of what is now at stake, must also realize that the dominant ideas of any age will eventually determine the shape of civilization. In our moment, this is not a comforting thought.

Christians are called to the battle of ideas, and faithful discipleship requires careful thinking. The Bible honors the life of the mind, and Christians in our time have learned the necessity of thinking through the lens of a Christian view of the world and our place in it.

WORLD Opinions is a bold venture into the battle of ideas. For decades, WORLD has been known and respected for its commitment to journalistic excellence, front-line reporting, spiritual insight, and keen cultural analysis. In recent years, WORLD has made outstanding advances in digital outreach, including podcasting. WORLD Opinions now builds on that foundation and enters the world of commentary and opinion.

Why? Why now? Frankly, the need for WORLD Opinions has been made evident by the challenge of our times. In every cultural arena, from politics to popular culture, a contest of ideas dominates the landscape. There is no shortage of opinion, but there is a dangerous deficit of helpful opinion.

The vision of WORLD Opinions is to offer the evangelical reader authoritative and trustworthy opinion on the crucial and timely issues of the day. The editorial anchor for the entire project is confessional Protestantism and the full wealth of the classical Christian tradition. Our standpoint is an unapologetic commitment to biblical truth and to Christian assertion and analysis as understood through a Christian view of the world and human events. That standpoint will be, in light of the current nomenclature, unquestionably conservative, and marked by a commitment to preserve and defend the unique contribution of Western civilization as established under the influence of Christianity.

Essays published within WORLD Opinions will be respectful, truthful, timely, hopeful, and trustworthy. We will treat our readers with respect, even as we seek to inform and persuade them. We will avoid despair, rhetorical bombast, irreverence, and unfair generalization. We will be committed to serious and thoughtful engagement with our readers and will be equally serious and determined in our effort to make every article count in the struggle to defend and explain the truth. We will defend the truth and the honor of what T. S. Eliot described as the “permanent things,” even as we address issues that arise in the course of current events.

We will offer serious commentary and opinion, but will respect our readers and our beliefs by avoiding slander, innuendo, untruth, distortion, and personal attack. Even when our criticism and confrontation must be strong and direct, we will remember the fact that every human being we address or mention in our articles is an image bearer of God.

Our effort must be to provide authoritative commentary and opinion, seeking to make arguments that will stand the test of time in both tone and substance.

We will defend truth without hesitation, and we will offer unapologetic opinion in the defense of truth and the assertion of conviction.

A first-rate team of writers and contributors—all serious Christian thinkers already engaged at the intersection of thought and events—is ready for the task. Five days a week, WORLD Opinions will bring readers front-line editorial opinion and thought. From time to time, events will demand immediate response. We will be ready.

The Apostle Paul exhorted believers to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). What an incredible calling—and it comes to every believer. This generation of believers arrives at this responsibility with a particular urgency. As a member of WORLD, you know this already.

May God bless this bold effort, and keep us faithful in this calling. And now, into the battle of ideas we go.


R. Albert Mohler Jr.

Albert Mohler is president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College and editor of WORLD Opinions. He is also president of the Evangelical Theological Society and host of The Briefing and Thinking in Public. He is the author of several books, including The Gathering Storm: Secularism, Culture, and the Church. He is the seminary’s Centennial Professor of Christian Thought and a minister, having served as pastor and staff minister of several Southern Baptist churches.

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DSEA4106

Welcome! I will be a frequent reader.

SJS

Sounds good to me. But I'll have to admit I'm a bit skeptical. Until the Church, aka various and assorted denominations, can agree on many foundational Biblical truths one has to wonder about consensus on other issues on the broader secular spectrum, let alone within denominations. Such as the SBC for instance. We love and thrive on division. It is what we use to define ourselves. I often wonder if that is what Paul was talking about, and seemingly posited is even necessary, as he writes in 1 Corinthians 11:19. As long as we assume that we are coming from some monolithic basic worldview we are kidding ourselves that we can present, and agree upon, some conservative biblical worldview.

not silentSJS

I was part of a Christian group many years ago that had a motto which was something like this (I can't remember the exact words but this is the jist of it):

"Unity in essentials, liberty in non-essentials, and charity over all."

This is how I try to frame interactions with other believers, who often have different views about various things. Only God knows everything. The rest of us "see through a glass darkly."

SAWGUNNER

I tend to be a Buckley Burke Kirk Goldwater and Reagan type. One can hold all those views and not be Christian. I note that many of Goldwater's early backers were in fact Jewish. I get a good dose of biblical morality reinforced of course by my and other pastors, but I won't discount the role of Prager and Ben Shapiro.

SAWGUNNER

I stand with the sentiment of Andy Knudsen below.

Andy Knudsen

I am also very much looking forward to this expansion of WORLD.

My only concern is with this phrase: "That standpoint will be, in light of the current nomenclature, unquestionably conservative." While up until about 5 years ago, I would have agree with this wholeheartedly, today I am less sure. Theologically, I have taken conservative to essentially mean committed to Biblical inerrancy and the ecumenical creeds (Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian). I think this is still the common definition. Politically and as an American, I have taken conservative to mean committed to the founding documents (Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights) and to our common traditions (including classical liberalism and strong associations outside of politics). However, I am not sure that is still the typical meaning in politics today, because of the strong loyalty and association conservatives now have with Trump (See this data/analysis: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-trump-has-redefined-conservatism/). If Trump's position on an issue now defines conservatism, then I no longer consider myself a conservative, even though I may agree with his views in many cases.

I hope that WORLD Opinion will be truly conservative in the traditional Biblical and American senses, not in the new Trumpian sense.

EDIT: I listened to WORLD Radio's interview with Al Mohler and Andrew Walker and was encouraged to hear that for them, conservative means "what is in alignment with truth."

EHUT2199

It sounds like this new endeavor will be winsome and logical yet in keeping with what the Word of God teaches. I will be eagerly reading every offered opinion. I pray the people of the Christian community will not be offended by what is offered but that we all take up an attitude of grace and unity. We need this! Thank you and God bless the people who are involved in this effort.

RodC

After having read the first 3 of these opinion pieces, I am looking forward to their continuation. I especially resonate with “ the necessity of thinking through the lens of a Christian view of the world and our place in it.”

I’ve also recently read posts that don’t “avoid despair, rhetorical bombast, irreverence, and unfair generalization” and so I am looking forward to articles that do avoid these things.

Oh…and I love the “faithful discipleship” quote. (I’m afraid it’s a bit long for a T-shirt, but it’s “spot on”.)

Tess B

"faithful discipleship requires careful thinking" I want that T-shirt!