Apparently some folks on the fundamentalist side think I got this all wrong and seem to be offended that I (or Laats) would suggest that fundamentalists are softening their attitude towards "neo-evangelicalism."
Over at the blog of an organization called "Religious Affections Ministries" Kevin Bauder, a theology professor at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Minnesota, argues in no uncertain terms that Pettit's visit to Wheaton does not represent a detente. Here is a taste of his post:
A couple of comments:
1. Bauder's explanation makes sense to me.
2. I can't speak for Adam Laats, but I would agree with Bauder that "speculation" is a fair word to describe my original post. As a historian I think the presence of the BJU president on the campus of Wheaton is worth setting into historical context.
3. I do not consider myself a "fundamentalist," so I don't think I will be joining "the fold" anytime in the near future. But I would love to open up dialogue with those "in the fold." If Bauder or his colleagues want to invite me to campus for a visit or a lecture I would love to come. I think we would have a lot to talk about.
4. I want Bauder's mustache!