So far the FV reaction to critics at DRC seems to be “why are you guys persecuting us? We’re not trying to impose our views on anyone else, so why are you doing that to us?” In effect, FV projects itself as liberal if not libertine and its critics as intolerant dogmatists.
And yet somewhat below the surface FV harbors theonomy and postmillennialism, not to mention that one of its chief advocates is known as a prominent cultural warrior doing battle against the “secular jihad.” In the culture wars, FV does not seem to be capable of the breadth and tolerance it promotes in the theological wars.
So is FV as tolerant and open as it seems? Why would FV be so chilled about the witness of the church but so worked up about the health of our culture? And why does the FV seem to stress the forensic when thinking about politics and civil society, but affirm the relational when it comes to soteriology and the relationship between God and his people?