Ash Wednesday: Picking And Choosing Our Piety

By NaphtaliPress · Mar 5, 2017 · ·
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    Carl Trueman, Ash Wednesday: Picking and Choosing our Piety
    The rise of Lent in non-Roman, Orthodox or Anglican circles is a fascinating phenomenon.

    "Finally, it also puzzles me that time and energy is spent each year on extolling the virtues of Lent when comparatively little is spent on extolling the virtues of the Lord’s Day. Presbyterianism has its liturgical calendar, its way of marking time: Six days of earthly pursuits and one day of rest and gathered worship. Of course, that is rather boring. Boring, that is, unless you understand the rich theology which underlies the Lord’s Day and gathered worship, and realize that every week one meets together with fellow believers to taste a little bit of heaven on earth.

    When Presbyterians and Baptists and free church evangelicals start attending Ash Wednesday services and observing Lent, one can only conclude that they have either been poorly instructed in the theology or the history of their own traditions, or that they have no theology and history. Or maybe they are simply exhibiting the attitude of the world around: They consume the bits and pieces which catch their attention in any tradition they find appealing, while eschewing the broader structure, demands and discipline which belonging to an historically rooted confessional community requires. Indeed, it is ironic that a season designed for self-denial is so often a symbol of this present age’s ingrained consumerism."
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    Carl Trueman is professor of historical theology and Paul Woolley chair of church history at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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  1. earl40
    I understand what Carl is saying here, though I believe he gives away too much in that he advocates that Lent falls under Christian Liberty and is not sinful to practice the man made unbiblical traditions of Lent. I "can only conclude that" Carl has "either been poorly instructed in the theology or the history of" our own biblical "traditions, or that" he has a lack of our "theology and history" as prescribed in the RPW.
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    That's ironically a lack of appreciating his own tradition! But am thankful for the good he says, while regretful of the lack of perfection or precision in his stance.
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    Unfortunately, Trueman places the whole matter of Lent and Ash Wednesday into the category of "Christian liberty," not regarding those that celebrate these as actually sinning. Hence, one wonders what the fuss is all about?
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