The Loudmouth Protestant

May 16, 2009

Quote of the Day: “The Unlikely Disciple”

I’ve been really engrossed in the book “The Unlikely Disciple” the story of a Brown University student who transfers to the school that Falwell built, Liberty University, to see what life is like on the Evangelical side of things. The student in question, Kevin Roose, writes about his semester at Liberty with such transparency that at times in makes me blush. Particularly when he talks about the paradoxical life of young Evangelicals. The quote I’d like to share comes at a point in the book when Kevin realizes that Liberty students are obsessed with pretribulationary dispensational premillenialism, otherwise known as rapture and the events that follow it.


“Problem is, a lot of Christians who believe the world is headed for imminent destruction don’t use their eschatology to motivate altruism.”



  1. I’ll swap you a quote for a quote. I’ve been reading C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters today.

    Screwtape wants to discourage the young Christian from attending church. To do this he encourages focusing attention on the perceived sins of the people in the church around him. He says, “If I, being what I am, can consider that I am in some sense a Christian, why should the different vices of those people in the next pew prove that their religion is mere hypocrisy and convention?”

    I’m happy to say that pretribulationary dispensational premillenialism is plumb with Scripture even though it’s adherents might not be.

    Comment by Mark Penrith — May 16, 2009 @ 2:17 pm | Reply

    • Great quote, I love the “Screwtape Letters.” Thanks for stopping by.

      Comment by loudmouthprotestant — May 16, 2009 @ 2:37 pm | Reply

  2. I have been reading up on this book and read a spinet online – hopefully I can really read it this summer. One of the things I noticed was Roose’s surprise at the authenticity of some of the Christians. In some of his comments about his experience he has mentioned his friendship with students and him having to acknowledge that although he found issues with some of the way Jerry’s Kids did things, that he felt a great sense of love and forgiveness. At one point he mentioned that he knew Christians talked about forgiveness and such, but didn’t realize that they actually practiced it. Overall he had a good experience.

    Is this the vibe you pick up in the book?

    I think it is important to realize that there are some good things about Christianity as it is right now. that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot that needs improvement, but it does suggest that perhaps the current positives – even of Fundamental Christianity – aren’t acknowledged. It is a delicate balance between challenge and praise. In some ways I think it is necessary for us to have both in order to really progress towards God.

    Comment by blackwasp19 — May 28, 2009 @ 11:12 am | Reply

    • Blackwasp thanks for stopping by!

      Yeah I definitely picked that up in the book. But I also didn’t find it to be too strange because an outsider’s perception of Christianity is only fed to them through what they see in the media or in the extreme examples in the world surrounding them–like screaming evangelists on the street, tract-hander outers who damn you to hell, so on and so forth.

      Plus I had to keep reeling it back to consider that he is talking about white Evangelical Christians who have pretty much been ostricized for years by way of their public heads. But all in all, the book has been a great read, funny at times, insightful, smart, and well-written.

      Comment by loudmouthprotestant — May 28, 2009 @ 2:01 pm | Reply

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