In Defense of The Ancients

Why Historical Christianity Is Needed Now More Than Ever

Modern Americans tend to have a bias against old things. Constant change is the only given in our society. We celebrate this, even worship it. New things are described with positive terms like "innovation," "growth," or "agility," while giving regard to the past is viewed as "stagnation" or "change aversion." Even being "disruptive"—formerly a chaotic and unruly vice—has morphed into a compliment because it means you figured out a way to upset the status quo and reset the tables. Creating your best future is all that matters. Looking backward, so it is believed, keeps you in a quagmire that prevents forward motion. Our entrepreneurial society is addicted to a drug called...


Bryan M. Litfin was Professor of Theology at Moody Bible Institute for sixteen years and now works in marketing at Moody Publishers. His writing ranges from scholarly works in patristics to historical fiction. He has a Th.M. from Dallas Seminary and a Ph.D. in ancient Christianity from the University of Virginia. He and his wife Carolyn live in Wheaton, Illinois. His website is

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #56, Spring 2021 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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