In response to the last question, he replies:
That depends. It could mean marginalization, name calling, and worse. But that’s no disaster. That may be the signs of faithfulness. The church is sometimes the most vibrant, the most articulate, and the most holy when the world presses down on her most. But only sometimes. I care about the decisions of the Supreme Court and the laws our politicians put in place. But what’s much more important to me—because I believe it’s more crucial to the spread of the gospel, the growth of the church, and the honor of Christ—what happens in our churches, our mission agencies, our denominations, our parachurch organizations, and in our educational institutions. I fear that younger Christians may not have the stomach for disagreement or the critical mind for careful reasoning. We’re going to need a good dose of the fundamentalist obstinacy that most evangelicals love to lampoon.... (emphasis added)At this point, the reader who sent me the link to DeYoung's article appends a comment, right after the word "lampoon":
... the same way Nouvelle theologians loved to lampoon pre-conciliar Cathoicism? Why indeed, YES! And the irony is this: in Fundamentalism and Catholicism both, as the progressives dismiss the old guard, they claim the theological high ground while all the soil of faithful followers lives disintegrates beneath them. I have watched it at [an evangelical university], where they are far too cultured to foreswear dancing now, but also as a population far too theologically unversed to discuss most any contemporary issue from anything but emotional turf. If you can't imagine the result of that, just picture -- ahem -- any modern suburban Catholic parish!"The challenge before the church," says DeYoung, "is to convince ourselves, as much as anyone, that believing the Bible [and, we would add, the Magisterium] does not make us bigots, just as reflecting the times does not make us relevant."
[Hat tip to J.M.]