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8 Responses to “Flanking Strategy”

  1. Bob Moffitt says:

    Keep it up,mike. As a young man I studied biology in a Christian college and lost my faith because I could no longer reconcile what I was being taught with the Bible. What a difference it would have made for me if what I knew of the Bible had been used to explain what I was learning in the classroom. In his grace God rescued me from the dark night of the soul that my rejection of what I knew of God brought to my life. An approach similar to the “flanking strategy” could have saved me from much pain.

  2. Brody Bond says:


    What are the best tools/mediums to “tell a better story”?

    In our emerging culture, how to we get to a position to outflank?


  3. David Naugle says:

    Hi Mike:
    Another good one. This is what I try to do with happiness in the book Reordered Love: explain happiness in a better, biblical way, a cultural apologetic at the end of the day. David N

  4. Mike Metzger says:

    Dizzy Dean said it ain’t braggin’ if you can do it. David Naugle’s book, Reordered Love, is excellent. David won’t brag on it, so I will.

    – Mike

  5. Mike Metzger says:

    Sorry, Brody – missed your comment. Quickly, get your hands dirty before you open your yap. I’ll talk about this next week. Second, most Christians lack street cred. We’re not climbing the ladder of culture-shaping institutions. We bark outside at the windows of leading institutions. If you doubt the power of institutions, watch the ups and downs the auto industry. This institution might be floundering, but it also prevents – along with overlapping institutions of suppliers, streets, gas stations, mechanics, city planners, and zoning laws – any meaningful chance for alternative transportation options to gain a toehold for at least twenty years. Maybe more. We outflank by gaining credibility in culture-shaping institutions along with making more attractive products, if you will.

  6. Hardy says:

    Wow – I had no idea Darwin went to such great lengths on behalf of his first book. I wonder whether his desired end was to make his theory of science palatable or to shore up support for his own way of seeing things?

  7. John Seefried says:

    Good stuff Mike. Thanks for the practical examples.

  8. dopderbeck says:

    This is interesting — but wouldn’t it be better if we just acknowledge that Darwin was basically right, and that this is compatible with, rather than inconsistent with, the explanation that we are how we are because God created us this way? Why do we have to “outflank”? The reason Christians are losing the “war” against the theory of common descent is that the “war” is misplaced and common descent is true. If all truth is God’s truth, we should not be fighting this war.

    As to the Economist article, you’re right to point this out as evidence of scientism. However, saying we’re “uniquely hard-wired to have dominion” doesn’t “outflank” anything — it just begs the question what “hard-wired” means and what processes God might have used to accomplish this “hard wiring.” It seems perfectly consistent to me to suggest that God used some process of evolution in order to accomplish this hard wiring.

    BTW, I’m pretty sure the historical account here — that Darwin’s explicit purpose was to refute Christianity — is simply wrong. Darwin lost his faith not primarily because of his theory of common descent, but because of the death of his young daughter.

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