Ok, I am trying to be really positive on this blog. I’m trying not to take sides and call individuals out. But this is just too much. Justin Taylor blogged earlier about Calvinist theologian Vern Poythress’ new book on sociology book Redeeming Sociology described by Taylor as:
For whatever reason this gets under my skin. Not that this guy isn’t intelligent. He certainly is with PhDs in both theology and mathematics. But the idea of interpreting the field of sociology from the perspective of trinitarian theology is an astounding and ludicrous jump to make. See the quote below:
Within God, the persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—have rich personal relations with one another. We are made like God, and that is why we can enjoy personal relationships.
I have not read the book, only the excerpt. There is a danger in too much separation between the sacred and profane. Our culture is already too polarized. Having the “secular” version and the “Christian” version is not helpful. You don’t see Christian mathematics. You don’t see Christian pediatricians (I could be wrong). Why Christian sociology, and why is this not the study of social activity and interaction. The author mentioned that one reason for this is that sociology “leaves God out.” I’m not sure what that means and most likely won’t until I’ve read the book. For now I immediately jump to the conclusion that this is yet another attempt to give Christianity what it seems to want and feels it has; a completely different world to live in in which it doesn’t have to even interact with topics that might require them to ask questions that are not religion based.
As a counter point, if you want a Christian take on Sociology, fine. But hire a sociologist. If i were one, I would be as offended as a pastor reading a sociologist’s treatise on the New Testament.